GetGoogleSeo-5 Easy Steps to Improve Content and Link-building Efforts

“Paying attention to the basics and day-to-day technical SEO problems that appear when promoting a website is the only way to achieve higher SEO results,”– says Shenzhen Marketing Agency GetGoogleSEO’s general manager Yuriy Tarasenko.

Are you trying to find some easy and clever SEO wins for the upcoming year? Well, we all do. And we’re certain that now it is the right time to let go all the complications in your SEO struggles by doing some SEO-style spring cleaning.

Making up brand-new content can be exciting, and creating link connections can lead to the great results, while some technical challenges may seem to be more complicated. And so, they get to be ignored unless they’ve caused some problems, and only then we realize that they are important just as much. Thus, in some cases the best way is just to go back to the basics of SEO.

To improve our SEO results, we shall take care of technical SEO essentials in the first place, long before they become an issue.

What exactly are the tactical basics that we shall enhance in order to improve our link-building scores and content development? Here are those 5 fundamentals.

Meta descriptions

We all know that well-written meta descriptions can significantly boost click-through rates from organic search, and still, once it’s been written, most of developers never return to it again in order to change and improve. And this is so wrong.

When it comes to websites that are vigorously promoted, their content is modified and updated regularly, so that meta description that seemed perfect a year ago (or a month ago even), may no longer be a good fit.

And even when the content stays the same and, probably, never will be changed, alterations in search engine behavior may force us to change meta descriptions accordingly.

For instance, in December, 2017, maximum length of search results snippets was increased by Google from 160 to 320 characters. As we know, snippet content itself is taken out from descriptions and on-page content, so obviously anyone who hasn’t changed the descriptions accordingly will lose the benefits of adding more engaging description (simply put, there’ll be a huge 160-characters gap containing relevant content and keywords, between you and your competitors, whose websites have been updated, and so they’ll get better click-through rates).

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Internal links. Webpage speed.

“Paying attention to the basics and day-to-day technical SEO problems that appear when promoting a website is the only way to achieve higher SEO results,” – says Shenzhen marketing agency GetGoogleSEO’s general manager Yuriy Tarasenko. What exactly are the tactical basics that we shall enhance in order to improve our link-building scores and content development? In the “5 easy steps to improve content and link-building efforts. Part 1” we’ve already talked about first 3 wins over our SEO routines: accurate meta descriptions, responsive design and correctly working external links. Now it’s time to reveal 2 last but not the least of our 5 secret weapons of everyday SEO.

Internal links

As well as outbound links, internal ones eventually can end up leading to a missing/irrelevant pages, which is caused by various changes on your website, such as creating new content and modifying/deleting the outdated one. Problems caused by that, surely, won’t be as serious as the ones caused by the irrelevant outbound links, and still it can significantly affect SEO results and spoil visitors’ impression. Luckily, all those inconveniences can be fixed rather quick and fairly easy (well, how “easy and quick” exactly depends on the size of your website). As we’ve already mentioned talking about outbound links, your internal links are expected to point out relevant pages right away, without redirection.

Goal: The same way you did with your outbound links, check all the inbound links on your website to be certain that they all point to a relevant page directly. This will boost positive user experience which can be used as a ranking signal.

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7 Foreign Movies Open in Shenzhen Cinema in April 2018

Are you planning to see the new foreign movies that open in Shenzhen Cinema’s in April 2018?

Shenzhen theaters often play blockbuster movies in English with Chinese subtitles and in recent years have installed some of the most sophisticated movie equipement to create 3D movie viewing experience. Find out where to go below.

Annihilation (2018)
《湮灭》
yān miè


Friday, April 13


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Hard Rock Brings The Real Comedy Show to Shenzhen

If we are being honest with ourselves, we don’t get half as much comedy in Shenzhen as we ought to really. God knows we could do with a few laughs here and there.

So when the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen announced they were bringing over the Punch Line Comedy Club, with a lineup of three Irish comedians for St. Patrick’s Day no less, it was fair say to say it caught the eye. The three comedians each hailed from different parts of the Emerald Isle and each brought their own distinct style.

Fred Cooke, from Meath, mixes comedy and music, and in his own words looks so much like an older, not as attractive Ed Sheeran that he claims to visit the The A-Team singer-songwriter on Christmas Eve pretending to be his ghost to warn him of his future.

Kevin McGahern, a Cavan man, slips effortlessly between surreal stories that would fit comfortably into one of his sketch shows (One gag begins with him being held at knife point by a drug-addled teen and ends up with him in the criminal’s house having tea with his Ma) to the driest of humor that sometimes even goes over the audiences head (“I’ve nothing against the immigrants coming over, but I will say that they brought with them bigotry”).

The third stand up, and tonight’s compère, is the insatiable Karl Spain, who hails from this writer’s hometown of Limerick, and his wit is as sharp as the city’s unwanted reputation. Whether it’s making borderline jokes about the IRA (Comparing the organization to the band U2 because both “did some good early stuff but they should have packed it in a long time ago”) to mercilessly tearing some hecklers to shreds (anybody in the front rows, be warned), Spain is one very, very funny man.

All three comedians do a fine job at finding that balance to their material and recognizing their audience. Most jokes, naturally, are tied in with their Irishness, but they are never too obscure so to feel like it’s an in-joke with the Irish in attendance, and at the same time, the gags aren’t diluted for the audience as to lose their punch.

To be fair, the crowd in Shenzhen aren’t exactly used to coming together like this for a comedy show and so it does take a bit of time for everyone to feel each other out a bit, not just in relation to the comedians. But with the drinks flowing and the laughs coming, it’s not long before McGahern, Cooke and Spain have the crowd in good spirits.

By the time all three comedians take to the stage to end the night by playing a song together – “A traditional Irish song to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” as McGahern puts it – the crowd are ready to sing along. Half the audience are expecting The Fields of Athenry, or some Dubliners or Pogues, but the song goes in a most unexpected and hilarious direction, which takes the crowd a few seconds to twig on too. I won’t say what the song was, but once those in the audience had caught up, everyone was chanting along in unison.

With three massively talented Irish comedians coming to visit us here in Shenzhen, it truly was the perfect warm up for St. Patrick’s Day and a rare treat for any comedy lover in general.

The Punch Line Comedy Club is back again at the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen on Wednesday May 23rd for a Whose Line Is It Anyway? Improv Show. So make sure you don’t wait till next St. Patrick’s Day to check out the next effort at the Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen.

But for now I’ll raise a glass and say Sláinteto Kevin, Fred and Karl for what was a St. Patrick’s Day that no one will forget soon. And sure, why not raise it once more for Hard Rock Hotel and the Punch Line Comedy Club.

The Punch Line Comedy Club

Website: www.punchlinecomedy.com/hongkong/

Email: info@punchlinecomedy.com

Place Name: Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Place Address: NO.9 Mission Hills Road, Shenzhen, China (深圳市龙华新区观澜高尔夫大道9)

Website: www.hardrockhotels.com/shenzhen/

Tel: +86 (755) 3395 2888

Try Something New At Tycoon Tuesdays At Terrace Bar

I think we’ve all had nights where we just don’t feel like having our usual drink of choice. Perhaps you are seated at the bar and you spot a particularly tempting bottle of single malt on the top shelf that you’ve never had before? Or maybe a group at another table are celebrating with a champagne that you’ve always seen but never tried?

As tempted as we are to step outside of our comfort zones, we are often put off when we check the price list. Why spend that much on something I might not like when I can buy a drink that’s tried and tested, even if it is a little overly familiar.

But with Tycoon Tuesdays at Terrace Bar, you now have the chance to try some of those drinks you’ve always wanted to. The concept is simple and clean in its execution. Every Tuesday, Terrace Bar selects one of its top shelf, premium items from its drinks list and takes the price and cuts it by as much as 50%.

Only one item from the menu is selected, but each time it rotates to something new. One week it could be a bottle of Belvedere Pure Vodka, the next week it could be a fine Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay. Well, they do say variety is the spice of life.

If you are looking to impress a new date or want to treat the wife to a break from the kids, be sure to head down to Terrace when the Josmeyer Fleur de Lotus is on special. Take advantage of the Terrace’s other promotions on a Tuesday too and treat yourself and your date to a steak dinner. For RMB148, you can enjoy an imported Australian Rib-eye Steak and a glass of wine.

After a long day of touring factories or sitting in meetings, bring your clients down for a bottle of Macallan 12 Years while it’s available on promotion. Put business to one side for a couple of hours and unwind over a few tumblers of single malt.

Or perhaps it could be something more on the wild side? Make the most of the Hennessy VSOP when it’s on rotation. Bring down a group of friends and party like there’s no tomorrow, or at least like tomorrow isn’t a Wednesday. Who knows? Before you know it, you could be on the dance floor jumping and singing along with the resident Terrace Bar band, T.A.S.

Something to celebrate? Pick up a bottle or two of the Don Perignon when it’s on offer and cheers to that promotion, birthday, or engagement. Pop open that bubbly and celebrate in style.

With the bottle on offer changing every week, there’s only one way to find out what is the special that week. By following Terrace’s official WeChat account you can be amongst the first to find out what bottle is on offer.

Not only that, you can also keep up to date with all of Terrace’s other great specials such as the great value daily Lunch Specials where you can sample Terrace Bar’s Thai food, or Ladies’ Night on a Wednesday where ladies can make the most of some fantastic drinks specials all night long.

So treat yourself to something different on Tuesday and allow yourself to feel like a Tycoon.

Upcoming Tycoon Tuesdays:

April 3rd – Hennessey VSOP 700ml – Originally 1198RMB, on offer at 599RMB

April 10th – Martel Noblige 700ml – Originally 1298RMB, on offer at 649RMB

April 17th – Remy Martin VSOP 700ml – Originally 1198RMB, on offer at 599RMB

April 24th – Martel Noblige 1.5L – Originally 4998RMB, on offer at 2999RMB

May 1st – Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon – Originally 888RMB, on offer at 444RMB

May 15th – Josmeyer Fleur de Lotus – Originally 628RMB, on offer at 314RMB

May 22nd – Cloudy Bay – Originally 668RMB, on offer at 334RMB

May 29th – Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay – Originally 688RMB, on offer at 344RMB

Place Name:  Terrace

Place Phone: (0755) 2682-9105

Official WeChat Account: Terrace Shenzhen

Website: www.theterracechina.com

Place Address: Seaworld Square, Shekou (above Starbucks) 深圳市南山区蛇口海上世界广场(星巴克二楼)

Congrats to Mambo on their 1 year anniversary serving Mexican food

Just stopped at Mambo and noticed they made it through a full year. Congrats to them on serving great Mexican cuisine with creative flair. It is a difficult feat for most Shenzhen restaurants.

Tacos at Mambo
Tacos at Mambo

Located in Shuiwei it is a fun place to meet some friends and nibble on their 7 kinds of tacos. Reasonably priced wine by the glass and other creative cocktails are on the drink menu.

Fajitas at Mambo
Fajitas at Mambo

Now that Trafalgar has opened across the street it is a good destination area with Evil Duck and Braceria Pugliese on the parallel street.

Chicken Skewer
Chicken Skewer

Original Review of Mambo Mexican restaurant

Find The Soul Of The City Hidden In Café

If you are searching for the soul of a city, you can find it hidden in a café. No matter how big a city is, if it is without cafés, then it is like a tree that is hollow at its core. There is a void in its heart.

Decameron coffee store photo

A café is the meeting point of the people of the city. It is where everything about the place and its people are told and retold countless times over. From the customers to the coffee baristas, each have their own unique tale to tell, which all come together to form one common thread.

Steaming coffee machine

Like the character of Rick Blaine says in the movie Casablanca, “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” The same can be said of a café. They are filled with strangers who have connections that they simply do not know yet, and all it can take is a random encounter to change that.

The coffee that is served is irrevocably entwined with geography, history, culture, arts, and above all else, the personal connections we make every day.

sophisticated coffee machine

From Paris to London and from Seattle to Melbourne, cafés have been where some of the greatest literature is crafted and where some of the most groundbreaking innovations are born.

Decameron Coffee, which started right here in Shenzhen, is one such café. Inspired by Giovanni Boccaccio, every cup of Decameron Coffee is made with passion and creativity.

barista a coffee machine

coffee cupping

Deep into Coffee

There is an art to testing coffee; every espresso has a story to be told, there are emotions to be expressed, flavors to be savored, and long lasting fragrances to be shared. It is through this process that Decameron Cofee aims to achieve its simple goal to create “The best cup of coffee”.

So, how do we define this “best cup of coffee”?

coffee utensil

coffee grounds

The best cup of coffee should introduce itself gradually through its fragrance, revealing its taste subtly with each sip. To achieve this, we must begin at the source with the planting, picking, roasting and processing of the coffee beans we use. Through it, we can feel refreshed from the Ethopia Yirgacheffe, enjoy the aroma of the Indonesia Golden Mandolin’s fragrance, and savor the Costa Rica Beethoven.

bottle ice coffee

The best cup of coffee is an unwavering commitment to the highest standard in every cup every day, and it’s the relentless pursuit to keep improving. At least 3 times a day, our baristas test the espresso to ensure every cup meets the required standard.

The best cup of coffee does not begin and end with the taste on the tip of your tongue. It goes much further to its appearance, to its fragrance, to the overall feeling it gives the drinker.

fancy coffee with rose petals

pouring coffee on ice cream

In fact, what makes the best cup of coffee is always changing and constantly evolving. The very beauty of coffee is that it changes with time. Running wild with their imagination, exploring their artistic tendencies, and using a broad range of ingredients, the baristas of Decameron Coffee makes every sip of coffee an adventure.

Seating and third place cafe space

Decameron coffee is designed with both indoor and outdoor spaces so you can find your preferred seating style. Couches are there to relax and have a chat with your friends while larger tables also dote the place where you can spread out your laptop and electronics and get some work done. In one cafe you can change the modes from business or friendly meetings to focused work.

Cafe food fare

Friends meeting at Decameron café will appreciate the variety of food. The café has traditional chocolate pastries as well as healthy salads and sandwiches.

chocolate croissant Salad and a Coffee

So, discover Decameron Coffee and begin your adventure today.

Decameron cafe wide photo

Place Name: Decameron Coffee 十日谈咖啡

Place Address:

  • #L1-38,ZhuoyueHui Shopping Mall, Meilin Zhongkang Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区梅林街道中康路126号卓悦汇购物中心L01楼38商铺

0755-82721867

  • No. 111, #88 Zhongxin Shangwu Building, Fuhua Yilu, Futian District 福田街道福华一路88号中心商务大厦111号

0755-82726546

Average Spending per Head:45RMB

Website:http://www.decameron-cafe.com/

Shenzhen #9 in the top cities for tourists in 2017

Shenzhen continues to be in the top ten cities for international tourism on the Euromonitor top 100 city destinations ranking list staying at #9. Around 12.6 million international tourists visited Shenzhen in 2017. According to the report the number of tourists to Shenzhen is set to increase to 15.3 million in 2020 and 20.5 million in 2025.

No doubt the new high speed train from Hong Kong to Shenzhen is going to increase this flow of tourists and lead to increased hotel bookings.

Many international arrivals come to Shenzhen for business or tourism.

Magpie where food meets art in the Oct Loft art area

Written by Mark
Revised by Brent Deverman

OCT Loft is known for creativity and art galleries. What if that art was applied to the food there? If an artist combined two cuisines together would he/she think to choose Chinese Northeastern (Dongbei) flavors and western food? Let’s face it, Shenzhen has so many places to eat, picking one can drive the sanest person crazy – but when I heard about the opening night of this new trendy artsy restaurant – Magpie – we had to check it out.

The team behind the concept

Tucked away in the beautiful surroundings of OCT LOFT, the Magpie restaurant – brainchild of head chef Cadence Gao – is ideally situated, serving traditional Dong Bei food styled with a contemporary western edge – the perfect escape from the hectic city lifestyle.

Cadence Gao Chef & Artist
Cadence Gao Chef & Artist
The team behind Magpie: Eric-Cadence-Amir (from left to right)
The team behind Magpie: Eric-Cadence-Amir (from left to right) (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)

We heard about the team creating a restaurant something like 3 years ago so it is great to see that it has finally come together and that their skills all compliment each other to build a concept that is greater than the sum of the individual parts.

The decoration and ambiance

The first thing that grabs your attention is the relaxing ambiance and modern decoration which gel together perfectly. The staff were genuine and friendly and even though busy, were tentative and helpful.

Communal tables make Magpie a great place for dinner with friends.
Communal tables make Magpie a great place for dinner with friends.  (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)
Grey and blue title make for a nice clean look.
Clean grey and blue title make for a nice clean look.
Attention to detail is taken seriously at Magpie
Attention to detail is taken seriously at Magpie (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)
Best to make a reservation as word of mouth is getting around.
Best to make a reservation as word of mouth is getting around.

Drinks and cocktails

The menu offers something for everyone, beautifully presented and skillfully written, complimented with a collection alcoholic beverages including some of the finest cocktails, carefully chosen and sculpted by talented mixologists.

Sit at the bar and order a cocktail.
Sit at the bar and order a cocktail. (Photo from Magpie’s official Wechat)
Mixologists create cocktails specially concocted for Magpai.

Best Selling Cocktails:

Cotton Candy Cocktail – RMB 85 (made up of fresh lemon juice, vermouth, and homemade Limonchelo) Flavor: Sweet, fruity, sour
Volcanic White Wine – RMB 85 (made up of white wine, citrus peels) Flavor: sweet, fruity

Bartender’s Favourite:

Bartender's Favourite:
Burning Pine – RMB 85(made up of roasted pine nuts, burnt rosemary, Moscatel and a bit of rum) Flavor: sweet, aromatic

Wine by the bottle is also reasonably priced with a bottle of Artero Tempranillo going for 185RMB.

Biting into a painting

The food was succulent and juicy, each dish freshly prepared and cooked to perfection. – My favourite dishes included “Who killed my duck?” – “Belly full of Scallops” and “The Obligatory Steak” but to name a few.

The menu is seasonal and may not be the same when you visit as they were just finishing their winter menu.

Who Killed My Duck – fowl murdered on your plate – 85RMB
Catch if the day scallops
Catch of the day scallops – 125RMB

Maybe it was the attention to detail, the mouth-watering food or the delicious candyfloss cocktails that made my visit so memorable – whatever it was, the entire dining experience at the Magpie restaurant was exquisite and I look forward to visiting again soon.

Starters to share

Food for thought - Fried pigs brains
Food for thought – Fried pigs brains – 35RMB
Rabbit food (not on the menu)
Rabbit food (not on the menu)
A poached egg
A poached egg – 25RMB

Main dishes:

Venison Bolognese
Venison Bolognese – 75RMB
Pasta with whatever
Pasta with whatever – 60RMB
Coal Oil Tartare - 75RMB
Coal Oil Tartare – 75RMB

Dessert Art

Moss and Soil - 50RMB
Yuan Xiao – 50RMB
Orange Creamsicle - 50RMB
Orange Creamsicle – 50RMB

Restaurant Name: Magpie 喜鹊派

Place Address: Oct B Loft A5 125 深圳华侨城创意园北区A5125(旧天堂书店背面)

Place Phone: +86755-86528782(14:00-02:00)

Business Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 17:00-02:00

Map to Magpie

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Hiking weekend getaways in Hong Kong

Group hiking in Hong Kong a way to relax and mingle
Successful hike to the Hong Kong beach people jumping

When you have exhausted your list of things to do in Shenzhen and finally get to take off time from work for a long-overdue weekend getaway, you’ll want to savor every last minute of it by hiking. For nature lovers living in Shenzhen, there is always a choice for a bit of travel — Hong Kong, and you can do it with a group of people who share the same interest. Hiking in Hong Kong is is the best way to get outdoors and socialize with people of all nationalities.

Multinational hiking group

Hong Kong, located right next to Shenzhen, is endowed with bright sunshine, soft beaches, limpid seawater and hot weather all the year round. It enjoys a long and winding coastline, which gives birth to dozens of bays and beaches. Sheltered by mountains with hiking trails, many of them are unruffled and free from strong wind.

Sai Wan Beach view from a hike

Oswaldo Loor from Ecuador got an invitation of hiking in Hong Kong from Ye Wenhao last May, who was organizing hiking trips at that time. Interested in the trip though, Loor at the end still wanted to go to a beach in Hong Kong with his Latin friends.

Women on a Hong Kong hike

Ye told Loor that he could organize a trip to the beach if more than 28 people joined, which was enough for renting a whole bus. That said, Loor started to promote the beach trip and successfully got 56 people to join it.

The beach they went to is Sai Wan Beach, which has been described as one of the best scenic spots in Sai Kung East or even Hong Kong. The beach features white sand and clear blue waters, which is attributable to its relative inaccessibility.

Beach view while hiking in Hong Kong

“The first time we went to Sai Wan Beach was so much fun. We jumped the cliff, bathed in the ocean and all. The people were really happy. We were a mixed crowd of Chinese and expats. They really enjoyed it and thanked us for organizing the trip” said Loor, who was so happy and decided to organize more trips with Ye.

Up to now, they have organized about ten trips, including trips to Sai Wan Beach in Sai Kung Peninsula, MacLehose Trail Section 1 & 2, Suicide Cliff at the south of Kowloon Peak, and Sunset Peak. Loor said they organize at least two trips every month, mostly on the weekend. Every time, around 28 people join the trip.

Cow on a group hike

During the trip, you can not only enjoy the stunning natural scenery and burn some calories sweating out, but also meet new friends from different countries, talking, dancing, swimming, jumping and camping out.

hiking trail in hong kong

All people are welcome to join their Hong Kong trips, which cost only a bit of money but return tons of fun, a great recharge of energy and an ignition of passion for life.

Take a step forward to hike

If you are interested to know more about their hiking trips add Oswaldo on WeChat, his user is: osloor and join also their hiking WeChat group with around 400 members.

Scan QR Code in Mage To Add  Oswaldo

 Long-press the QR Code, tap “Extract QR Code” to Follow “Discovery” on Wechat for more information.

Look for more hiking events on our event calendar.

Join our Shenzhen meetup group for more cross border hiking event notifications.

Read our article about hiking in Shenzhen and Shenzhen mountains.

 Annika Announces Return To Mission Hills China To Host Record – Breaking Girls Event

 

Golfing legend Annika Sorenstam has announced that she will return to southern China on April 25 to host the eighth edition of her hugely-popular Annika Invitational at Mission Hills. Launched in 2011 as China’s first and only all-girls event, this year features the strongest ever line-up in a field of more than 100 entries.

Headlining the long list of top female golfers in action at the Mission Hills Dongguan resort from April 25-27 will be four of the top-10 ranked players in China, including number one, Wang Jia-Yi.  The 14-year-old recently returned from the inaugural Major Champions Invitational in the USA, hosted by Sir Nick Faldo, having been invited to represent Team Annika following her third-place finish at Mission Hills last year.

China’s number two ranked girl, An Tong will also be action, up against a large contingent of overseas golfers from countries including Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia and Singapore.

“It’s really incredible how much our event has grown since its inception in 2011,” said 10-time major champion Annika, recently ranked number 6 on ESPN’s list of all-time Most Dominant Athletes.  “We’re delighted to have such an exceptional partner in Mission Hills and look forward to yet another extremely successful tournament.”

“We are always delighted to welcome Annika back to her home away from home at Mission Hills and we are in awe of the time and effort she devotes to growing golf globally, including here in China,” added Tenniel Chu, Group Vice-Chairman of Mission Hills. “This year promises to be extra special with so many strong entries. It is also the year of the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina which we will celebrate with an extra team event, giving the players a chance to bid for selection for Buenos Aires 2018.”

With R&A and CGA ranking points on offer, top female golfers aged nine to 17 will compete over three rounds on the highly-acclaimed Annika Course at Mission Hills Dongguan for the title of champion and a place in the prestigious Annika Invitational in the USA. Last year’s champion, Shi Hui-Ying will not defend due to injury.

Annika will spend time with the players both on and off the course, sharing the knowledge and experiences that have made her the most successful female golfer of all time with more than 90 international wins as a professional.

Photos – Annika Sorenstam with players and local schoolchildren during the 2017 ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China.

 

About the ANNIKA Foundation

Annika created the ANNIKA Foundation (www.annikafoundation.org) to provide opportunities in women’s golf at the junior, collegiate and professional levels while teaching young people the importance of living a healthy, active lifestyle through fitness and nutrition. The Foundation has partnered with key organizations to promote healthy, active lifestyles for children, including SPARK, Florida Hospital for Children in support of its Healthy 100 Kids initiative and The First Tee in development of the Nine Healthy Habits curriculum for children.

It annually conducts five major golf events for aspiring junior girls: the ANNIKA Invitational USA presented by Rolex at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla.; ANNIKA Invitational at Mission Hills in China; ANNIKA Invitational Europe and ANNIKA Cup in Sweden; and, in association with The R&A, the ANNIKA Invitational Latin America in Argentina. In 2013, the Foundation’s reach extended to the collegiate ranks with the ANNIKA Award presented by 3M (awarded to most outstanding female NCAA Division I golfer) and ANNIKA Intercollegiate presented by 3M (12 team, 54-hole event in Minnesota). SPARK grants to schools, financial support of Healthy 100 Kids, endowing an AJGA ACE Grant, and the “Share My Passion” Golf Clinics are other areas of emphasis.

About Mission Hills Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5,000 Spartans Soar in Shenzhen as World’s Largest Obstacle Race Makes It’s Debut at Mission Hills

More than 5,000 athletes pushed their bodies to the limit today when the globally-renown Spartan Race made its debut at Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen.

The world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand teamed up with the world’s largest golf facility to provide Spartans with the ultimate test over six kilometres and 20 obstacles through the Mission Hills Sport and Eco Park, located within the 22-square-kilometre luxury Shenzhen resort.

“With 200 events in more than 30 countries worldwide, and more than one million global participants, the Spartan Race is officially the world’s largest obstacle race and endurance brand,” said Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills. “Therefore we are delighted to bring the Spartan Race to the world’s largest golf facility and to Shenzhen for the first time.  Mission Hills has always strived to lead the way in bringing China to the world and the world to China and this was another truly exciting world-class spectacle for the Chinese people.”

The Spartan event at Mission Hills Shenzhen featured a “Sprint” race over six kilometres with 20 obstacles, with participants aged from 14 years old up to 50 and beyond.

Photos — Mission Hills Group Vice-Chairman Tenniel Chu attends the Spartan Sprint Race at Mission Hills Sport and Eco Park in Shenzhen, China

About Mission Hills Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Juniors Eye Dream Trip To Las Vegas as World Stars Championship Returns To Mission Hills China

A record entry of more than 150 young golfers will line up in this year’s Mission Hills World Stars of Junior Golf Championship with one thing on their mind – a dream trip to Las Vegas for the winners. The prestigious international tournament returns to the tropical Chinese island of Hainan on April 6-8.

Juniors aged nine to 17 from 10 different countries will compete over three days on the highly-acclaimed Lava Fields Course in Haikou – one of 22 courses across two luxury resorts at Mission Hills, the world’s largest golf facility as recognised by the Guinness World Records.

“This is an important year for junior golf with the sport returning to the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina this October,” said Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills. “The World Stars is the first of several high-profile junior championships at Mission Hills this summer. Together with the Annika Invitational, the Jack Nicklaus Junior Championship and the Faldo Series, we want to give players a chance not only to compete at the highest level but also to possibly secure selection for Buenos Aires 2018.”

The overall boy and girl winner will receive free exemptions into the IJGA World Stars of Junior Golf Championship in Las Vegas this July, a tournament ranked by The R&A, the NJGS, Golfweek and the AJGA.  The other age-group winners will also be invited.

A strong challenge is expected from China on home soil with entries confirmed from three top-10 national juniors – Pan Jie-Hong and Yin Ruo-Ning in the girls and Xiong Tian-Yi in the boys.  13-year-old Xiong has risen up the China Golf Association (CGA) rankings since his impressive victory in the 2016 Mission Hills Junior Series Grand Final 16 months ago, aged only 12.

Also expected to contend again will be last year’s qualifiers, Chen Zi-Hao of China plus Chinese Taipei’s Huang Jia-Pei and Chang Chih-Hsuan. Inspired by their life-changing experience in Las Vegas last summer, the trio will be looking to secure a return visit.

R&A and CGA ranking points will be on offer for the 54-hole Mission Hills World Stars of Junior Golf Championship at Mission Hills Haikou from April 6-8. Golfers aged 17 and under can visit the Mission Hills website to enter.

Photo – Winners from the 2017 World Stars of Junior Golf Championship at Mission Hills Haikou Resort in Hainan, China.

 

About Mission Hills Group

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou Celebrates Earth Hour 2018

DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou Celebrates Earth Hour 2018 by Environmental Knowledge Quiz Competition

Hilton property joins Team Members from around the world in preserving environments and furthering responsible travel and tourism

Guangzhou, China – (March 27, 2018) – DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou celebrated Earth Hour 2018 from 8:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24 by Environmental Knowledge Quiz Competition. The hotel was taking action locally to engage in sustainability efforts – from water stewardship and energy conservation to reducing waste and community projects.

“DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou hosted the “Start of my 60+ Life” event on 24 March that is in line with the Earth Hour event. Hotel implements numerous environmental protection and energy saving measures such as (i) LED energy-saving lighting; (ii) using of water-saving faucet and  energy-saving stoves; and (iii) using time-sharing control lighting in some areas; (iv) heat recovery fron the air for Refrigeration and heating; (v) plastic bottles have been eliminated across the country at our hotel’s meeting spaces and health clubs last year.”said Mr. Richard Liu, General Manager.

Team Members and Guests at DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou celebrated Earth Hour through the following activities:

  • Environmental knowledge quiz competition on March 24
  • Switch off hotel unnecessary lights and dimming parts of lighting
  • Calling on community and team members to focus and participate through hotel official WeChat

Hilton views responsible travel and tourism as integral to its business, which is why preserving the environment is a cornerstone of Travel with Purpose, the company’s corporate responsibility strategy to create shared value for Hilton Team Members, Guests, business partners and communities. Hilton’s commitment to the environment is embedded across the business and supported by LightStay: an award-winning, global corporate responsibility performance measurement platform. LightStay was developed and implemented by Hilton to provide a one-stop solution for reporting environmental, operational and social impacts. To learn more about Hilton’s commitment to preserving the environment, visit cr.hilton.com.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

About Travel with Purpose
Travel With Purpose is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to furthering responsible travel and tourism through investing in positive social and environmental impacts. Travel with Purpose focuses on creating meaningful opportunities for people and opening doors for youth; investing in community resilience through skills-based volunteerism, disaster relief and human rights; and reducing the company’s environmental footprint through responsible operations and sourcing. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

 

5,000+ Attend First Ever Spartan Race, Shenzhen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Article written by Mark Anthony Photography by Mark Anthony Website

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai Celebrates Earth Hour by Night Story Telling Activity

Hilton property joins Team Members from around the world in preserving environments and furthering responsible travel and tourism

Shenzhen, Guangdong / China – (March 24th, 2018) Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai celebrated Earth Hour by Night Story Telling Activity. The hotel is taking action locally to engage in sustainability efforts – from water stewardship and energy conservation to reducing waste and community projects.

During the Earth Week, hotel initiated a series of public service activities, for instance, Go Green initiatives, Ocean Plastic Cleaning activity, World Water Day activites, the Planting activity and the Night Story Telling activity, to deliver the hotel’s determination on energy saving and environment protection.

Hilton views responsible travel and tourism as integral to its business, which is why preserving the environment is a cornerstone of Travel with Purpose, the company’s corporate responsibility strategy to create shared value for Hilton Team Members, Guests, business partners and communities. Hilton’s commitment to the environment is embedded across the business and supported by LightStay: an award-winning, global corporate responsibility performance measurement platform. LightStay was developed and implemented by Hilton to provide a one-stop solution for reporting environmental, operational and social impacts. To learn more about Hilton’s commitment to preserving the environment, visit cr.hilton.com.

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

About Travel with Purpose
Travel With Purpose is Hilton Worldwide’s commitment to furthering responsible travel and tourism through investing in positive social and environmental impacts. Travel with Purpose focuses on creating meaningful opportunities for people and opening doors for youth; investing in community resilience through skills-based volunteerism, disaster relief and human rights; and reducing the company’s environmental footprint through responsible operations and sourcing. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店欢庆“地球一小时”,举办 熄灯夜读公益活动

 希尔顿集团旗下酒店和全球团队成员保护环境并促进负责任地旅游和旅行

深圳/ 广东2018324日)深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店欢庆“地球一小时”,举办 熄灯夜读公益活动。酒店正在本地采取行动参与可持续发展工作 – 从水管理和节约能源到减少浪费和社区项目。

在地球周期间,酒店通过低碳出行、光盘行动、减少海洋垃圾、世界水日宣传、公益植树及地球一小时熄灯夜读等一系列活动,向公众传递出酒店对于能源节约及环境保护的决心。

希尔顿集团将负责任地旅游和旅行视为其业务不可或缺的一部分,这是支持环境保护,作为企业责任战略 “带着目的去旅行”的基石,并为希尔顿团队成员、宾客、业务合作伙伴和社区创造共享价值。希尔顿集团对环境的承诺已融入整个企业并且有 LightStay 支持:屡获殊荣的全球企业责任绩效评估平台。希尔顿集团开发并实施 LightStay,提供环境、运营和社会影响报告一站式解决方案。若要更多地了解希尔顿环境保护承诺,请访问 cr.hilton.com。

关于希尔顿

希尔顿 (NYSE: HLT) 是全球领先的酒店管理公司,十四大世界级品牌组合在全球 105 个国家和地区拥有 5,200 多家酒店和 856,000 多间客房。希尔顿积极履行使命:作为全世界最热情好客的公司,提供与众不同的卓越体验–让每位宾客在每家酒店的每次住宿都倍感满意。公司组合包括:希尔顿酒店及度假村 (Hilton Hotels & Resorts)、华尔道夫酒店及度假村 (Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts)、康莱德酒店及度假村 (Conrad Hotels & Resorts)、希尔顿嘉诺宾酒店 (Canopy by Hilton)、希尔顿格芮精选酒店 (Curio Collection by Hilton)、希尔顿逸林酒店及度假村 (DoubleTree by Hilton)、Tapestry Collection by Hilton、希尔顿安泊酒店 (Embassy Suites by Hilton)、希尔顿花园酒店 (Hilton Garden Inn)、希尔顿欢朋酒店 (Hampton by Hilton)、Tru by Hilton、希尔顿欣庭酒店 (Homewood Suites by Hilton)、希尔顿惠庭酒店 (Home2 Suites by Hilton) 和希尔顿分时度假俱乐部 (Hilton Grand Vacations)。公司还管理屡获殊荣的客户忠诚度计划“希尔顿荣誉客会”(Hilton Honors)。直接通过希尔顿官方渠道预订的希尔顿荣誉客会会员享受即时礼遇,包括让会员准确选择多少积分与现金进行组合的灵活付款选项、任何其他地方无法提供的会员专属折扣和免费标准 Wi-Fi。请访问 newsroom.hilton.com 网站获取更多信息并在 FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram 和 YouTube 上联系希尔顿。

关于“带着目的去旅行”
“带着目的去旅行”是希尔顿全球通过投资产生积极的社会和环境影响、促进负责任地旅游和旅行的承诺。“带着目的去旅行”聚焦为人们创造意义非凡的机会并为青年敞开大门;通过技能志愿服务、赈灾和人权投入社区建设;以及通过负责任地运营和采购减少公司环境足迹。请访问 cr.hilton.com 网站了解更多信息。

 

 

 

“Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Guangzhou / Shenzhen”

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai Is Awarded “Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Guangzhou / Shenzhen

Presented by TTG Travel Trade Publishing, the TTG China Travel Awards is back for its 11th year to celebrate the accomplishments of stellar Greater China travel trade organizations. This year, the event will honor 58 outstanding organizations for their laudable contributions to the burgeoning industry.

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai for being voted as the Best Meetings & Conventions Hotel in Guangzhou / Shenzhen by the readers of TTG China, TTG-BTmice China, TTG Asia, TTG India, TTGmice, TTGassociations and TTG Asia Luxury, because of its outstanding location, meeting and convention facilities, as well as hospitable service.

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai

Offering stunning views of Shenzhen Bay, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai locates in the core area of Shenzhen’s western coastal city belt and enjoys close proximity to Shekou Cruise Centre, which conveniently connects to Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai in an hour’s ferry trip. Leisure and business travelers alike will find a fine selection of culinary delights at the hotel, as well as comfortable accommodation, efficient services and well-equipped facilities. The hotel features 4,064m2 of flexible meeting and banquet facilities, spread over 20 separate spaces that include a 1,260m2 pillar-free grand ballroom with its 950m2 roof garden and a 546m2 outdoor lawn. With our professional Team Members, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment, quality catering services and Wi-Fi in all public areas, you can be assured of a well-executed event.

TTG China Travel Awards

The TTG China Travel Awards has been recognizing the best of Greater China’s travel industry since 2008. This prestigious annual event honors stellar Travel Suppliers across Airlines, Hotels & Resorts, Serviced Residences and Travel Services segments in Greater China. This TTG Travel Trade Publishing event is proudly organized by TTG China, with the support of TTG-BTmice China, TTG Asia, TTG India, TTGmice, TTG associations and TTG Asia Luxury.

深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店荣膺广深地区最佳会议会展酒店殊荣

备受业内推崇的TTG China 旅游大奖是大中华地区旅游业界最负盛名和最亮眼的年度甄选活动。TTG China 旅游大奖继续为推动业界的进步而制订出一个高水平的模范基准,今年昂首迈入第十一届,颁发了58个深具代表性奖项,旨在表彰全国旅游行业拥有超凡表现和杰出成就的优秀业界机构。

深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店以其得天独厚的地理位置优势、完善的会议设备设施和贴心周到的会议服务,荣膺TTG中国旅游大奖2018年“广深地区最佳会议会展酒店”殊荣。

关于深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店

深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店坐落于深圳西侧沿海城市带的主要区域,地理位置优越,从酒店即可观赏到深圳湾醉人美景。宾客可从酒店附近的蛇口邮轮中心方便地前往香港、澳门和珠海。无论休闲还是商务旅客,均可在酒店找到丰富现代的会议空间、舒适怡人的住宿选择、便捷高效的专业服务、齐全完善的设施以及众多精选可口的佳肴。

酒店拥有占地4,064平方米灵活的会议与活动场地。1,260平方米的无柱式大宴会厅及其配套的950平方米屋顶花园;酒店园林和深圳湾海景环绕着的花园草坪可同时容纳400人,适合举办各类会议、婚宴与社交聚会等活动。室内宴会厅与会议室可以灵活配置,满足您多样化的需求。酒店还提供专业的服务团队、先进的视听设备、高品质的餐饮服务以及覆盖所有公共区域的无线网络,确保您的会议与活动圆满成功。

关于TTG China旅游大奖

TTG China旅游大奖是业界享有盛誉的TTG旅游大奖在中国的延伸,旨在表彰由TTG China、TTG-BTmice China、TTG Asia和TTGmice的读者投票选出的中国最佳旅游机构。

自2008年创建以来,这一奖项依照年度TTG旅游大奖进行设计。20年来,只有亚太地区最出色的旅游机构才能获此殊荣。TTG旅游大奖已成为亚太地区最热门、最具影响力的旅游业奖项。

随着近年来中国旅游业的迅猛发展,为中国最佳旅游机构设立本奖项更具意义。

TTG China旅游大奖每年评选一次。

Transporting Money Across Hong Kong Borders: What Are the Legal Limits?

On July 16th 2018, you will be limited to bringing 120,000HKD to Hong Kong without declaring it when crossing the border from Shenzhen by ferry, train, airport etc. Previously there was no limit of the amount of cold hard cash you could bring into the Hong Kong Special Administrative region.

This now explains the plethora of currency exchange shops all around Hong Kong and the many Bitcoin ATMs.

The “Cross-boundary Movement of Physical Currency and Bearer Negotiable Instruments Bill” is being put in effect as an anti money laundering (AML) protection.

It is not clear at this time if this covers crypto currencies and if you need to declare your Bitcoin Wallet.

Declaration

If you have more than 120,000HKD worth of currency then you should take the Red Channel and make a written declaration.

Borders

This law applies no matter how you get into Hong Kong however if you take the following borders you can take the Red Channel and declare:

Penalty

If you do not declare your currency you could end up with a penalty for up to two years in prison or a maximum fine of 500,000HKD.

China Customs Cash Limit

When crossing back into Shenzhen you still need to remember that you are limited to 20,000RMB or 5,000USD equivalent before you have to declare at the Chinese customs.

Full details of the SCMP.

Details of many countries customs cash limits. (As of this writing not updated for Hong Kong)

Question: Is there any prohibited products you can’t bring when entering Hong Kong?

Hotels To Stay in Hong Kong (From Backpacker to Baller)

This article is originally found here: https://www.globalfromasia.com/hongkonghotels/

Welcome to Hong Kong! The first thing a new client asks us is – what is a good hotel to stay at in Hong Kong? With so many choices and price ranges, it is a difficult answer to say in 1 email! So we have taken parts from various posts and made today’s guide list a full range of options for different locations and price ranges.

Related: check our Hong Kong traveler guide for some highlights.

This guide will be ever evolving, and if you have places to suggest – please contact us or leave a comment below.

Also, if it is your first trip to Hong Kong – check out our complete (and free) Hong Kong Business Traveler’s Guide.

Where in Hong Kong?

Hong Kong isn’t the biggest place – so even if you pick a hotel far from the center it is possible to get there and back for meetings and conferences.

Going to Global Sources Trade Show

Many come to Hong Kong for the Global Sources Trade Show. This is a bit far from downtown, so you need to decide if you want to visit popular bars and restaurants at night or not.

While there are some nice hotels at the airport and near the Asia World Expo (where the Global Sources Show is) – most people stay at a hotel in Kowloon or Hong Kong island.

Why? Two reasons

  • There is a free bus or Airport Express for Global Sources Attendees. During the trade show season, they worked a deal to give you a free pass to the Asia World Expo from Kowloon or Hong Kong station. Just show your badge or registration papers and you’ll get a pass.
  •  There are more things to do at night – Just like any city, the airport is not downtown! Hong Kong is the same. So if you want to get some nightlife in and nice restaurants, it’s best to find a place in Central, Wan Chai, or TST districts (as well as quite a few other central hubs).

Going to the HKTDC Trade Show

There is another trade show happening in Hong Kong as well – the Hong Kong TDC show, or HKTDC for short. This is on the main island of Hong Kong, aka Hong Kong island, so you can just take a MTR to Wan Chai station and it’s about a 7 minute walk to the HK Exhibition Centre.

Many people go to both the Global Sources Show as well as the HKTDC show. Each are a few days long, and have just a little overlap.

So if you’re looking to do both, and want to reduce the commuting and have a hotel in the downtown area – look for places in Wanchai, Causeway Bay, Admiralty, or Central. Sheung Wan is another good one.

Always Check The Address On MTR Map

So a good rule of thumb is to ask the hotel what the nearest MTR station is. Then, find the MTR map and look at it.

Downtown is the blue line on the bottom of the map. That is where the “action” is. The bottom left is the main spot, with Central as the hub. If you’re near Central, you can also take the Airport Express right up to the Global Sources show, so it is easy to get there and to the HKTDC.

A newer MTR map will show you more stops on the blue line to the left (West) of Sheung Wan (and left of Central). These are “up and coming” districts with this new metro line expansion, so you may be able to get cheaper hotels and better value for money there.

Also, if it is far up north or far to the east – that is about a 45 minute to 1 hour MTR ride from downtown. I learned the hard way “back in the day”. Plus I have had clients in town who book a nice hotel there but it is just so far from everything. You’ll save money, but spend more time in taxis or more time in the subway.

What’s Your Budget?

Hong Kong is one of the most expensive places in the world! And no matter how much you spend, you will probably have a much more compact room than anywhere else in the world! Space is such a valuable asset here it is unbelievable.

So when someone asks me for a hotel recommendation, I would ask:

  • What is your budget?
  • What are your expectations?
  • What location do you want? Central? Or Willing to Travel more?

If you want a 5 star hotel in downtown, you’re talking around 500 US dollars per night. If you can deal with a 3 star in a downtown area, you can get by at $200 USD a night. Then there are the 1 – 2 star that you can find around 100 to 200 USD a night. If you’re willing to go to Kowloon side or even further into New Territories you can get better quality at a better rate.

Hong Kong is really all about location. And size of the room.

AirBnB + Hong Kong

AirBnB. An obvious one, but less choices here as the Hong Kong government is strict about businesses listing here – https://www.airbnb.com/s/Hong-Kong. Over and over again this topic comes up – Airbnb is technically not allowed in Hong Kong and the government has forbid people to use it. You can list there, but to list, you need to be a business with a license to sell a short term stay.

To legally list on Airbnb in Hong Kong as a person / individual, the listing has to be for at least a 1 month stay. That is what the government allows for personal to personal renting.

Yet I have friends from NY and other places who have still found amazing places to stay through it, as recent as a couple months ago right in Mid-Levels in Central. Check it out, and see if you find any apartments you can rent. The risk if there is a government crackdown at your apartment is that you would get your money back and have to find a new hotel. I haven’t heard reports about it – and so I wouldn’t worry too much renting on Airbnb for a short term stay, but listing is another matter.

Yes Inn

Backpacker Looking For Value For Money?

One I am safe to recommend is called Yes Inn. This is a hostel, pretty clean, and a bunch of my friends have stayed here. They have two locations on the Hong Kong Island side – Causeway Bay and Fortress Hill. There is also one on the Kowloon side in Mong Kok (check an MTR map to learn about specific districts). You can share a room with other travelers, or get your own private room. Below is a pricing table:

Standard mixed dorm suite HKD $179-419 (USD $22-56)
Private room suite HKD $199-459 (USD $25-59)

This seems to be the best value for a bootstrapping entrepreneur. They have a few locations in Hong Kong; the better location is in Causeway Bay, but there are also locations in Fortress Hill and Kowloon. Rates start at about 200 HKD a night (28 USD). Obviously check their website for the latest prices, but in my opinion the lowest cost for the value and location you can find! http://www.yesinn.com

Butterfly Hotel

Butterfly hotel is a bit more expensive. But again, you get what you pay for. Rates from 1,000 HKD to 2,000 HKD a night (140 to 280 USD), but you have your own room, there is wifi everywhere, and they have locations throughout Hong Kong. Check out the Butterfly hotel in Central here.
http://butterflyhk.com/eng/our-hotels/on-hollywood/index.php

King’s Inn

I think this is a mix between the two choices above, both in price and in service. The rate when I have stayed here is about 300 to 400 HKD (40 to 50 USD), and you’ll have your own room. But there is only one location right in Wan Chai. The website is a bit hard to use, but then again this is why the price is more reasonable.
http://www.kingshotelhk.com/hotel/location

Next I am nervous to even mention it here – but I think a guide about Hong Kong hotels wouldn’t be complete without at least mentioning it:

Chungking Mansions is the building having about 80 low cost accommodations (guest houses) located on Tsim Sha Tsui (Kowloon district). I have stayed here at least 5 or 6 times, as well as countless numbers of my friends. You can get a room for as low as 100 HKD a night, though more realistically 200HKD. A lot of Indian restaurants that second as a hostel overnight – I have slept to the strong smell of curry at least a couple times there. An adventure to say the least. If you are looking for the lowest cost choice, take a trip over: 33-44 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong… but don’t say I didn’t warn you first!

The funny thing is – our office is across the street! Yet none of our clients have opted in to staying there!

Want To Stay Near The Global From Asia Office?

Coming to Hong Kong just for us! Wow, we are honored. So many clients ask us what are some good hotels nearby the office. Let’s list out a few. We also link them to booking.com search results, as you can put our company address (found at globalfromasia.com/contact/) and get search results by distance.

Holiday Inn TST District

A big brand and one many Americans know well, Holiday Inn. They have one Holiday Inn that is 1 block from my office: http://www.booking.com/hotel/hk/holidayinn.html and have had people stay there plenty of times.

How much is it? Of course it varies by season and supply demand, but I would tell you about the $200usd per night range.

Sheraton Hong Kong

And Sheraton is a block away from the office too. http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=482

Prices here start at about $3,100 HKD a night (about $400 USD), and are high class.

Peninsula Hong Kong

Another 5 star hotel right around the corner from our office. Also has a great view of Victoria Harbour (for an extra 100usd/night fee on average). The rates here start at 4,000 HKD/night ($500usd) but it is an amazing experience.

http://hongkong.peninsula.com/en/default

Also, if you’re up to see Hong Kong from the sky, they have a helipad on the rooftop!

Intercontinental

This is a hotel I stayed in for about a week when doing a business deal with a European investor back in 2009 – 2010! It is a good hotel and also a bit more reasonable price than some of the other hotels with a room rate starting at $250 USD / night.

Still not for the backpacker’s budget, but for a business person who wants a good mix of class and value, this is an option. It is just a few more blocks away from MTRs, but still right on Victoria Harbour on the Kowloon side with some amazing views. I enjoyed working in the lobby with a massive 2 – 3 story tall window overlooking the harbor.

What Is Your Experience With Various Hong Kong Hotels?

Hope today’s guide on accommodation in Hong Kong is helpful! This could be a book – there are so many hotels and places to stay, this is only a brief overview to give you some ideas of price ranges, locations, and levels of service.

It is probably going to cost you around $150usd a night for a “normal” hotel room, can go as low as $50usd, and as high as $500 – or even more. As everything in Hong Kong, the sky is the limit!

Now it is your turn! Please share your experiences and recommendations in the comment section below. Let’s help each other out!

Cheers to our international business success!

“Sports Connects, the China Sports Forum”

Weibo Sports, Mission Hills, Mailman, ONE Championship and Branded team up to deliver  “Sports Connects, the China Sports Forum”

Event scheduled for 26th – 28th November 2018, at Mission Hills, China

[HONG KONG – 22 March 2018] Weibo (NASDAQ: WB), a leading social media company in China, and Branded, the Hong Kong-based event producer responsible for the highly successful Sports Matters, YouTube FanFest and ‘All That Matters’ conference series, today announced the second installment of Sports Connects, one of the largest events dedicated to China’s burgeoning sports industry.

As one of the partners of the event, Mailman will help to promote and market the event through its extensive China network and invite key speakers, attendees and local media.

Sports Connects” will unite the key players in China’s rapidly growing sports economy alongside the powerbrokers from the international community, providing insight, connections and business opportunities in China’s sports industry.

The first event welcomed over 500 industry leaders from China and across the world to Mission Hills at what was regarded as the best sports conference ever produced in China. Even more are expected to attend the 2018 forum to discuss a number of key themes, including:

  • China in China: The power of the domestic consumer
  • Exporting China: The opportunities for Chinese powerhouses overseas
  • The World Turns to China: The engine behind global sport industry growth

The majority of China’s sports industry’s growth is directly tied to government intervention. The Chinese government plans to build a US$ 813 billion sports industry by 2025. It is estimated that technology, mostly online media platforms, is central to the market’s growth, with 82% of sports fans coming from cities other than Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Zhe Zhang, Senior Director of Hot Topics and Sports at Weibo commented:

“We are very pleased to co-host the Sports Connects sports forum. Weibo has been committed to linking events, clubs and players with hundreds of millions of users through social platforms; Weibo also looks forward to helping China strengthens its links with the global sports industry.”

Sports Connects will once again be hosted at the world’s largest golf facility, Mission Hills in Dongguan, Southern China, a fully-integrated luxury resort spanning 22 square-kilometers and 12 golf courses in the heart of China’s “Greater Bay Area”. The founder of Mission Hills Group, the late Dr. David Chu, was a pioneer in the development of China’s sports industry and widely regarded as the ‘father of golf’ in China. He also played a major role in Beijing’s successful bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills is delighted to be hosting the second chapter of this highly-anticipated event:

“Since the last China Sports Forum at Mission Hills, we have continued our significant investment into the development of sports and tourism in China, including the announcement of ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona and the NBA. Being the home of Sports Connects is very much part of our mission to bring China to the world and the world to China. We look forward to welcoming the world back to Mission Hills China in November.”

Victor Cui, CEO International of Presenting Sponsors ONE Championship said:

“We are excited to be a partner of this industry leading conference and share our experiences as Asia’s largest global sports media property. It’s a fantastic gathering of experts and it’s going to be a must-attend event for sports business people.”

Jasper Donat, CEO of Branded commented:

“Branded specialises in connecting communities. Bringing the Sports Matters fraternity back to China is a crucial step in our mission to build the foundation for a sustainable Asian sports industry.  With so many of the world’s largest sporting events heading to Asia over the coming years, 2018 is a big year in global sport and China is in the driving seat.”

Andrew Collins, Founder & CEO, Mailman said:

“2017 was a year of consolidation for China’s sports industry; it was less about headlines as it was about building real business models for China’s sports media industry. In 2018, we expect to see more organisations, leagues, clubs and players coming out to China, and Sports Connects presents the perfect opportunity to bring the industry together.”