Huang Siyi, a Grade 11 student from Shen Wai International School, recently published a report titled “The inspiration that Dachong Village renewal can give to areas with high density in developing countries.”
Urban village renewal is a key part in city development, and the reconstruction of the Dachong urban village in Nanshan District is one such urban upgrade undertaken in Shenzhen.
An intern at the Shenzhen Real Estate Research Center Urban Renewal and Old Village Reconstruction Group, the 17-year-old described the whole renewal process of the urban village in her report from five different perspectives: business, commercial office, residence, transportation, greening and public facilities. She examined rights confirmation, people-oriented renewal plans, and the close cooperation between the government and project developer as the three criteria for measuring the outcomes. Huang also mentioned Mexico City, Mumbai and Sao Paulo as other examples of the global phenomenon of densely populated urban areas that are resource-inefficient.
During three months of observation and research from April to early July, Huang concluded that the city should be developed continuously alongside population growth, and project developers and the government should play their respective roles. She also stated in the report that supporting facilities and humanistic care are significant, and culture should be integrated with communities during the renewal process.
Her report was then selected and published on the official WeChat account of Shenzhen Real Estate Research Center for its exemplary information.
Explaining that choosing the best information to be included in her research was her biggest difficulty as we live in a society of ubiquitous information, Huang said, “I have a deeper understanding of urban planning after finishing this report. Urban planning is concerned with the comprehensive consideration of many areas and it impacts the future of the city.”
Born and raised in Shenzhen, Huang said she became interested in urban planning through listening to her parents when she was a little girl. By attending lectures, reading books and doing internships, Huang wishes to learn more about urban planning.
Her dream is to be a great urban planner, like her parents. She hopes she will be able to use her knowledge to improve the health and well-being of people in the city.
“I want build a city that finds a balance between the economic and the environmental,” she said.
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
The “Zero One Technology Festival“, organized by Shenzhen Zero One Technology Co., LTD, under the guidance of China’s Industrial Development Alliance of Artificial Intelligence (AIIA), was held in Shenzhen I-Factory from 5th to 8th of July. It has created an immersive future business space integrating multiple fields under the theme of “second nature”.
You may wonder, what is second nature?The general manager of Zero One Technology Festival Chen Jiangshan said that second nature is the inherent instinct that people live with technology. This technology festival will explore the second nature of the symbiosis between human and technology through the three modules of the intelligent technology exhibition, the summit forum, and the launch platform of black technology, and bring a new deep technology experience to consumers around the world.
30, 000 squares of intelligent science and technology, full scene exhibition, and new experience
The Festival covers an area of over 30,000 square meters. The intelligence technology expo covers artificial intelligence, robotics, drones, smart apparel, smart homes, smart medical, applications and security and virtual reality and all the cutting-edge areas. Compared to traditional science and technology festivals, it does not only display a single product but also embed products and technologies into commercial application scenarios but also creates an intelligent space for deep technology, full scene, and new experience.
The intelligent technology exhibition is divided into “exploration”, “perception”, “release” and “awakening”. These four regions correspond to different intelligent spaces.The organizer has organized more than 100 black tech enterprises and more than 50 interactive experience show. There are many unicorn enterprises in the field of artificial intelligence among them, such as DJI, CEXO and Puppyrobot, jointly creating an AI+ scene experience space.In these four days, representatives from dozens of countries will show the world their latest entrepreneurial technologies.
Instead of being an ordinary exhibition, the festival developed to be more like a futuristic full-scene cutting-edge science and technology show.“The Totem of Light”, “The Phantom Show”, “The Pulse of Urban” and other scientific and technological venues make “black technology” and contemporary aesthetics blend perfectly.At the scene, tourists can sit down and chat with robots, watch a robot runway show, taste a cup of coffee delivered by robots, or walk into AI business scenes such as unmanned shops and hospitals to have close contact with intelligent life scenes in the future.
The cutting-edge press conference, the first launch of ten of the top black technology in the world
The festival is dedicated to creating the first platform for the launch of black technology. More than 10 cutting-edge press conferences will be held during the festival.Among them, more than most products are the world’s top black technology products.Many black technology products are released at the same time, which is rare in this market. It has also launched more than ten of the top black technology products, which has attracted the industry and media attention.
As the world’s first full-scene immersive technology exhibition, CEXO brought its most dazzling and cutting-edge “Real Steel Exoskeleton” on stage.“Real steel exoskeleton” brought the independent research and development of the world’s first power packages to arm exoskeletons fingers (CEXO – 01), and the waist powered exoskeleton (CEXO – W02), to have close interaction with the audience on the scene.
In the field of brainwave, we have the world’s leading brainwave head-wear products developed by BRUN Technology, which can provide an EEG recognition system for industrial applications.It has the characteristics of high accuracy and high speed of EEG control. You can wear a brain cap with dozens of EEG capture points, and you’ll be able to control the characters in a 3D game.
Midstereo, a leading domestic virtual reality technology company will launch the world’s most advanced backlit naked eye 3D product and redefine the naked eye 3D in the field of stereoscopic vision BrainCF, the world’s leading manufacturer of brain machines, launched the new brain machines on the spot. It comprehensively improves the performance and efficiency, leading the industry evolution.DTing will launch the world’s top bio-control products that can be used in the mobile terminal gestures, robot, mechanical arm control, smart TV gestures, and other areas, under the open AI era of new interactive way.
Puppyrobot launched their new products at Zero One.Among them, LOLO robot can carry out planned cleaning for AI voice interaction and visual planning navigation, intelligent obstacle avoidance, education for children, and even home environment monitoring.Most importantly, you can manage your health and become your family doctor. You can realize one-key alarm and call your family remotely. Puppyrobot’s driverless cars “puppy” are also showing off the black technology of transportation, solving the problem of “last mile” community travel.
Industry leaders’ summit, artificial intelligence unicorns talk about the future
At the industry leaders’ summit, dozens of industry leaders from home and abroad jointly look forward to the “national strategic vision and reality of artificial intelligence” and explore “the next super species of 2018” at the Zero One Technology Festival.In these four days, they have been constantly brainstorming the top ideas, communicating with 12 top-level wisdom collisions, delivering 20 keynote speeches of industry leaders and talking about the future of the global technology industry.
The industry leaders’ summit is divided into four major themes: industry, life, art, and culture.Steve Mann, the father of wearable computers, Fei Lianghong, Amazon AWS chief cloud computing technology consultant, Yan Zhijie, the chief scientist of voice interaction intelligence of Alibaba DAMO Academy – machine intelligence technology laboratory, Zhang Rui, the CEO of ARTrobot,Song Yuegang, the chairman of Pangolin Robot Corp., Ltd and others industry leaders will be here.The summit focused on AI vision, service robots and other topics of greatest concern in the field of artificial intelligence. There will also be “Chinese style opportunity of AI”, “new power of AI”, “double liberation of intelligence and people” and “unlimited possibilities of AI and art”.Business trends in the era of artificial intelligence are in full view.
It has to be mentioned that the host place of the first Zero One Technology Festival was chosen in Shekou I-Factory in Shenzhen, it was previously the factory of Guangdong Jiangmen Isn Float Glass. It was the “experimental field of reform and opening up” in 1985.The Zero One Technology Festival invested hundreds of millions of Chinese Yuan to transform a small harbor between mountains and seas into a science and technology ideal country, which means to connect the past with the future.
All products and technologies do not exist in isolation but are applied to real scenes in this show. It allows the technologies such as artificial intelligence and service robots to be embedded and connected with life scenes to create an immersive technology experience.It’s also a big no man’s land, all the smart office, the smart hotel, the smart business, the smart medical, the smart health and others come at one time, in the city of the future to build a technological ecosystem of the future.More than 10 revolutionary new technology launches from around the world. It is considered the most exclusive launch, which allows the users to take the deep technology to the end.It aims to create a Chinese version of CES, and Shenzhen, a city known as China’s Silicon Valley, is once again become the focus of the world.
Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen launched this year’s “Plastic Bag Free Day” campaign under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”. The hotel encouraged people to take a critical look at themselves in relation to single-use plastic, and make real efforts to break their dependency on disposable plastic.
On the day, the hotel invited Ms. Lu Sha, a famous local sand-painting artist to work with special kids form Yuan Ping and Ren Ai special education schools, as well as the hotel guests, to paint on the reusable shopping bags in the lobby. A total of 120 shopping bags were used, which spread 16 square metres. Guests and kids involved in the painting campaign received a complimented shopping bag each. By doing this, the hotel hopes to focus on fundamentally changing people’s attitude and behaviour about plastics and creating a catalyst for a significant reduction in plastic pollution.
Ms. Lu Sha, Hotel Resident Manager and Media Friends
In addition, the hotel worked with local community volunteers to build up a pop-up booth at Luohu train station which advocated the decreased use of plastic packages. Citizens could also get a complimentary shopping bag by sharing their attitude and actions with their friends through social media channels. In the meantime, the hotel staff dormitory became a battle around the area were encouraged to control and diminish plastic pollution to reduce, reuse, reuse, recycle and remove plastics.
Campaign at Luohu Station
Campaign at Dormitory
Join Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen “Plastic Bag Free Day” Campaign to End Plastic Pollution
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Shenzhen Special Economic Zone established the 40th anniversary of the light show. This year marks the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening-up. It developed from a small fishing village to metropolis. The show was held near civic center and lotus park. We are so lucky to celebrate the success with this energetic city. Happy birthday Shenzhen!
Something that is often associated with China – and with Shenzhen in particular – is tailor-made clothes. Many people visit Shenzhen from Hong Kong and further afield specifically to get top quality and reasonably priced clothes made to fit. One of the best tailors to be found in Shenzhen is Calvin’s Tailor Shop.
Situated in Commercial City, Luohu, on the 5th floor, Calvin’s is easy to find as it’s not far from the escalators. Here Calvin will greet you in English or Chinese, depending on your preferred language. This sets him apart from many other tailors in Luohu as he will understand everything anyone, whether Chinese or foreign, would want.
Calvin comes from a family of tailors going back three generations. Originally from Shanghai, he has worked as a tailor for 25 years and has had the same shop in Commercial City since 1999. He will guarantee anything he makes for you; however, his clothes are made to such detail that customers rarely – if ever – need a second fitting.
You have different options when choosing how your clothes will be made. You can either bring an item of clothing you want copied or a picture of the item of clothing you want and Calvin will reproduce it. Alternatively, if you’re not sure exactly what style you want Calvin can make items based on designs he has in store. He understands which styles and fabrics will suit which body types and skin colours and is an expert at recommending the perfect cut.
What sets Calvin apart from the numerous tailors you can find in Shenzhen is not just the outstanding service and attention to detail. Calvin also provides personal service to travellers: he will visit you in your hotel to take your measurements and show you a selection of fabric to choose from, and then your handmade clothing will be delivered to your hotel 24 hours later. Perfect if you are making a whistle-stop visit to Shenzhen, and amazing considering the usual turnaround time is one week. Don’t despair if you live elsewhere, or if you don’t have the time to wait in Shenzhen for 24 hours, as Calvin can arrange to have your clothes delivered anywhere in the world purely for the cost of the delivery.
Calvin’s business has grown since he first started fixing hems and sewing buttons when he was only 17. He now has 18 reliable staff working for him, many of whom have been working for him for over 20 years. This means you don’t need to worry that Calvin will be too busy to give you personal service, and you can expect the same professional service and standard no matter how many items you want made.
Men’s suits and shirts are Calvin’s favourite things to make as this is what he started with all those years ago. Men’s shirts usually cost around RMB 200 and suits vary in price depending on the quality of the fabric, ranging from RMB 750 up to RMB 2,500 for imported fabric from Italy or England. Ladies’ suits are also a specialty of Calvin’s with prices from RMB 650 to RMB 1,200. Calvin can also personalise your clothes by embroidering your name or initials on the cuffs of your shirts or inside the jacket to add that extra touch.
Whether you want a high-end suit or a one-off outfit for a special occasion, Calvin’s Tailor Shop is the ideal place to get perfectly-fitting quality clothes at a reasonable price.
Business Hours: Open 7 days a week 10am-8.30pm
Place Name: Calvin’s Tailor Shop
Place Address: No.5049 5/F,Luohu Commercial City Shenzhen (Luohu metro station, exit C) 深圳罗湖商业城5楼5049号 罗湖地铁站C出口
Located on the 22 and 23 floors of the hotel and spanning a total area of 613 square metres, The Langham Club offers guests an exclusive and private luxurious retreat, a respite from the bustling city.
The floor to ceiling windows allows natural lighting to come through, creating a warm environment. These vast windows also offer a spectacular view of the city skyline of Shenzhen Bay and Shennan Boulevard.
Elegantly designed with contemporary European accents, the main colour scheme is dark blue and white, complemented with cream coloured furniture and classic polished marble flooring.
“We are confident our guests will be delighted with our newly renovated Club. It is brighter and the elegant private space is a respite from the bustling city and a retreat after a busy day,” said Mr. Jeffrey van Vorsselen, General Manager, The Langham, Shenzhen.
“Our private butler service is also available to all Club guests and known for our sincere service, our butlers will do their best in meeting every guest’s request,” added Mr. van Vorsselen.
The Langham Club guests can also enjoy a private check-in and check-out at the reception counters at the Club as well as a private butler service.
One of the key highlights of the Club, loved by many guests is the Writer’s Corner. This space is a tribute to the literary talents and celebrities like Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle, best known for his Sherlock Holmes stories who used to stay at The Langham, London. Guests can pick from a selection of collectors’ books in English and Chinese and indulge in these books privately over a cup of tea at the Writer’s Corner.
The Bar at the Club is a favourite amongst guests in the evenings. The large sapphire blue coloured wine chiller houses a large variety of wines from all over the world. Every night, the hotel’s bartenders and mixologists will entertain guests with creative cocktail concoctions. Guests can relax over drinks and share conversations at the end of the day over the long marble top bar counter.
Guests can also enjoy breakfast and afternoon treats at the private club, complemented by the finest wines from around the world at the Club served from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.
The second level of The Langham Club (23 Floor), features four conference rooms with unique themes and a wide range of facilities to meet the needs of business travellers. Named after the houses of European royalties and famous personalities, the Windsor has a unparalleled view of the grand Shenzhen Bay; the Dickens, a lounge for informal meetings; Wilde, a smaller private room for more intimate meetings and Churchill, for the high technology required gatherings where the room is well equipped with teleconferencing system, LED screen, state of the art equipment for meetings for up to 10 people.
The Langham Club offers a relaxing, premium experience:
Deluxe Breakfast 6:30am-10:30am
(6:30am-11am on weekends and public holidays)
Afternoon Tea 3:00pm-5:00pm
Cocktails and Snacks 5:30pm-8:30pm
Private butler to handle check-in and check-out
Free LAN/WiFi access at the hotel
Complimentary ironing service on check-in day (up to three pieces of clothing per room; excluding urgent service)
Cable/wireless online services are free in the hotel
Free local call (excluding IDD)
Complimentary daily international or local newspapers
DVD and book loans at the Langham Club
Complimentary two-hour conference room access per day for each room; a charge of RMB600 applies for each additional hour
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 www.langhamhospitalitygroup.com.
What an amazing “SWIS Healthy Living Month” this year!
The SWIS Parent and Teacher Association (SWIS PTA) had organized a variety of fun and educational activities that focused on exercise, healthy eating and healthy body & mind. We hope all the experiences will help ensure our SWIS community lives a happy and healthy lifestyle. A big THANK YOU to everyone for truly making this month a SUCCESS!!
Here is a quick recap of some of the wonderful activities that happened this month.
SWIS PTA Healthy Snack Giving Days 健康食品派发
The SWIS PTA organized 4 Healthy Snack Giving Days to distribute healthy snacks from each ofthe 5 major food groups. These activities took place every Monday after school at3:30pm, with PTA members and parent volunteers handing out free healthy snacksfor the SWIS community to enjoy.
Here were the Healthy Snack Giving Days designated for the 5 food groups:
May 7th: GRAINS
May 14th: VEGETABLES and PROTEIN
May 21st: DAIRY
May 28th: FRUITS
SWIS PTA Educational Presentations 系列健康讲座：
The SWIS PTA also organized 3 interesting presentations for the SWIS community. There was a presentation on the “Anatomy of Good Posture” for our Secondary students, as well as aparent lecture on “Chiropractic Health care” on May 15th. We had a second parent lecture on “Dental Care for Healthy Smiles” on May 25th. The final parent lecture was on “Healthy Parenting: Good Behavior in Children” on May 29th.
A big thank you to all our guest speakers for their presentations: Dr. Steve Chiarello from Vista-SK; Dr.Teddy Wu from U-Dental; and Dr. Rhoda Despabiladeras from Vista-SK. We would also like extend our gratitude to all the parents that attended the sessions and we hope you have obtained useful information to help you focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle and well-being.
今年，我们很高兴地邀请到社会各界的医学专家来到SWIS为社区提供专业的健康知识介绍及现场互动演示。在此，我们衷心地感谢来自维世达的美式整脊专家Dr. Steve Chiarello和心理医生Dr. Rhoda Despabiladeras，以及来自友睦口腔的口腔专家Dr.Teddy Wu。它们分别为社区带来了以下讲座：
SWIS PTA Family Run 家庭亲子晨跑
The SWIS PTA Family Run is a fun, fitness activity for families to spend time together whileexercising. We had 8 successful Family Run days this month. The event was at7:45am–8:15am, every Tuesday and Thursday, from May 8th to May 31st.We would like to thank all the participants of the SWIS PTA Family Run and we encouragefamilies to continue planning more exercise time together and have fun!! Joinus next year for more fun fitness activities!
PYP Annual Visual Arts Exhibition 艺术前线深外国际部小学部视觉艺术展
On Friday, May 18th, the PYP Visual Arts department held our second annual Exhibition. Our elementary artists have been working diligently all year and this was a wonderful chance to showcase their hard work. Students displayed pieces created from a variety of mediums including collage, prints, digital art, weavings, Papier-mâché, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, drawings and more.
In addition to individual work, the exhibition showcased many examples of collaborative work as that is an important part of our Arts program. Students proudly showed their parents around the exhibits, explaining how they created their projects and what they learned in the process. Teachers enjoyed mingling with parents and greeting excited students who were enjoying the gallery display. It was a wonderful opportunity for all who came to experience the wealth of creativity in the PYP program at SWIS.
Shen Wai International School (SWIS) is located in the beautiful scenery of the Shenzhen Bay. SWIS covers a floor area of 24,000 m2 with a construction area of 42,000 m2 and is equipped with extensive first class facilities. It serves children of the expatriate community who work in Shenzhen and children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. The school altogether has 54 classrooms with a capacity of hosting 1,080 Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in total. Its refined style of architecture, green and picturesque campus and modern facilities and equipment make the school an attractive place to learn.
SWIS aims to provide distinctive high-quality education to students by employing talented expat teachers and introducing distinctive curriculum, teaching models, and management patterns. Teachers are recruited from diverse backgrounds and form a highly skilled, hardworking team who keep the learning and well-being of their students as the primary focus. Education provided by the school covers pre-kindergarten to middle school. The teaching will be in small classes led by certified expat international school teachers with international teaching experience.
As a CIS and WASC accredited and an IB World School for the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme. SWIS follows a high-quality international curriculum and provides essential traditional Chinese language and culture courses as well. By conducting its multi-level and extensive international cooperation and exchange, SWIS aims to introduce leading education philosophy and experience for achieving its objective of cultivating truly global citizens who can bravely step out into the world with an open mind and make a difference.
If that is your biggest concern, China Southern Airlines can provide a solution! The Shenzhen-Singapore flight departs daily on 22:10, so just grab your bags on Friday night and enjoy every second in a passionate land, then return to Shenzhen at 06:55 in the morning. Then take a shower and go straight ahead to your work two hours later on Monday.
Reasons to choose China Southern Airlines:
1. Safety First
Up till now, China Southern Airlines has retained the best safety record in China. Passengers’ safety will always be our best concern.
2. Great Deals
Round-trip ticket (tax excluded) for individual traveler is 400 RMB only.
Great deals sale from 2249 RMB, including one tax-included round-trip ticket and two night’s hotel price, best designed for round-trip individual traveler who wish to stay in Singapore for two to fourteen days.
3. Transfer Advantages
China Southern Airlines operates its flight network covering 55 waypoints. There are 164 flights connecting to Shenzhen and Singapore in total.
4. Make the best of your day off
This trip connects Friday nights with Sunday/Monday morning. Time is money, thus every seconds of the weekend is effectively spent up.
Singapore’s nightlife is more than bustling. It has the night safari where kids and adults have chances to explore the other side of wild animals. You can take a gourmet car and experience the wild with the company of animals.
4. RECOMMENDATION OF BARS
In the list of world’s 50 best bars 2017, six of Singapore bars are nominated.
“Manhattan” in The Regent Singapore hotel is the best bar in Asia. The interior design imitates the impression of the New York City in its 19th century. On the menu, to everybody’s surprise, cocktails are classified by periods of time. Each cocktail has its own story.
“Tippling Club” is also listed among the best bars. Auras of lights and stylish decorations make here a place full of elegancy. All of the delicacies are created by talented chefs and bartenders. Guests will never get bored because these “artists” always come up with new dishes and cocktails.
If you like electronic music and glamorous lights. “Attica” of Clarke Quay is the most famous place among all. For fans of DJ music, “Club Kyo” will be the best place.
A fancy romantic date can be held at the “CÉ LA VI”. This bar is at the top of Marina Bay of Sand located at the big SkyPark. Just get a drink, take a walk and enjoy the fascinating CBD skyline.
5. SEEKING FOR LOCAL FOOD AT MIDNIGHT
Has the chicken rice or the chili crab left you a deep impression? It is time to satisfy your stomach. Come to Geylang Street, Orchard Road or Satay Street in Lau Pa Sat! You will find out more about the tastes of Asia.
Singapore is the first to hold Formula 1 at night. Come and experience the passion in this competition.
This year, China Southern Airlines Shenzhen Branch connects Shenzhen with Singapore, adding the new destination to its grand map of Southeast Asia flight routes. The existing flights include destinations to HO Chi Ming City, Ha Noi, Bangkok, Phuket, Bali Island, Phnom Penh and Jakarta. Come and find out which trip is your favorite!
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The Wyndham Grand is a well-known international 5-star hotel. Open in Futian CBD, since January 2015, the Wyndham Grand never ceases to impress, and this summer is no exception. To celebrate the FIFA 2018 World Cup beginning on 14th June, the Wyndham Grand is hosting a summer barbeque buffet with free-flow craft beer for the bargain price of RMB188 per person.
Situated in the picturesque outdoor garden of Vintage Bar on the ground floor, the barbeque buffet offer will begin on 13th June and run until 15th July when the World Cup ends. Matches will be shown live on televisions in the only outdoor hotel garden in Shenzhen. What better way to enjoy the game than with unlimited glasses of ice-cold craft beer and a never-ending plate of tasty barbeque food?
As well as free-flow craft beer or soft drinks, there is a delightful range of barbeque foods cooked fresh to order. Shrimp, squid, oyster and Japanese mackerel are the seafood delicacies you can sample, along with a variety of beef, lamb, chicken and pork barbeque dishes, all seasoned deliciously. If vegetables are more your style, try the barbeque corn-on-the-cob or roasted garlic eggplant. All of these dishes will be cooked as you order them to ensure the freshness of the food and that they are prepared to your requirements.
Before and between the matches there will be the opportunity to play games and win prizes. For every match you can predict who you think will win and each entry will have the chance to win a voucher for RMB500 that can be spent in any of the Wyndham Grand’s bars or restaurants. Whoever predicts the winner of the final will be in with a chance to win RMB3000 voucher plus free-flow beer at Vintage Bar until the end of 2018! A fantastic prize, by any standard. In addition, there will be smaller prizes on offer for customers who score a goal in the Wyndham Grand mini-goal.
Director of Food and Beverage from the Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen, Roy Huang has worked in the hospitality industry for more than 15 years and joined this hotel about 2 years ago. He shared with us his aim is to have the best outdoor bar in Futian CBD, and he understands that the key element is staff. To that end, all new staff have at least two whole day’s training in the first month before they are assigned to the appropriate position to provide quality service. All employees also have training once a month to ensure the highest standards are maintained. This process is obviously working as there has been an excellent retention of staff since opening.
The Vintage Bar and attached open-air garden is a stylish setting, suitable for any event. The Wyndham Grand is in an ideal location in central Futian, easy to get to by metro (Gangxia station) or by taxi. A warm welcome will greet you as you enter the foyer and on your left you will see the distinctive sign of Vintage Bar. A list of match dates and times will be on display in the entrance to the bar, so you can keep track of who is playing when. Due to the time difference between here and Russia, some of the matches will be on well past midnight; however, Vintage Bar – and the barbeque – will stay open until the last match finishes each night.
Whether you enjoy football (or soccer, as some people call it) or not, the Wyndham Grand World Cup Combo offer is one not to be missed. Bring your friends, play some games, win some prizes, and enjoy 5-star food and drink in an exclusive setting, all at the same time and for the great price of RMB188+10%+6% per person. . What more could you ask for?
For reservations or enquiries call 0755 82998888 ext.8550.
Everyone loves a relaxing spa day, and what better place to enjoy such a day than Queen Spa in Luohu, Shenzhen. The name itself is completely appropriate, although perhaps it should be called ‘The Queen of Spas’ instead.
The reputation of Queen Spa precedes it, and I had high expectations which were not only met but exceeded. The best ways of getting there are either by taxi or by metro. By taxi it costs about RMB30 from central Futian and takes around 15 minutes to get there, depending on traffic of course. Alternatively you can get the metro to XiangXiCun station on line 9, leave by exit C, walk straight to the corner, turn left and Queen Spa will be on your left. There are also free shuttle buses to and from Luohu and Huanggang borders, every 15 or 25 minutes respectively. The Luohu shuttle buses run from 7am to 11pm near the taxi rank on the first floor by door 6. At Huanggang the shuttle buses run 24 hours to match the border hours; once you’ve arrived through the border cross the footbridge, turn right and head down towards the buses to find the shuttle.
As you walk through the entrance, you will be greeted by security guards who will point you towards the sweeping staircase down to the reception area. A chorus of ‘欢迎光临!’ ‘Huān yíng guāng lín!’ (Welcome!) rings out as you descend the stairs and a member of staff will escort you to a seat.
If you’re a foreigner you will need to show your passport, or at least a photo of it. This is not common practice in Shenzhen spas; however, at Queen Spa they have been told by the government to request ID from all visitors. Once they’ve taken note of your passport details the staff will give you a wristband with a number on it. This will be your locker number as well as your ticket to all the treats Queen Spa has to offer.
You will then be asked to enter the changing rooms – women’s changing rooms are on the left as you come down the entrance stairs, men’s are on the right. An attendant will check your wristband number and escort you to your locker where you will be given a towel and shower slippers, and asked if you would like a shower. In this section of the spa are showers, toilets, a jacuzzi pool, sauna, steam room and several treatments such as aroma oil bubble baths, back rubs and body scrubs. Shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, toothbrushes, combs, cotton buds and various other amenities are provided for your use, so you don’t need to bring anything with you. Chinese guests will usually walk around the changing area in just a towel or naked, but if you prefer to wear a swim suit to use the jacuzzi, sauna or steam room, that’s absolutely fine.
An extra layer of security with the lockers is that they have to be opened with a pass held by one of the attendants as well as your wristband. There are always many attendants around, so you will never have to wait more than a few seconds for your locker to be opened.
Once you’ve finished your treatments and use of the facilities in this section, you will then be given pyjamas to wear for the rest of your visit. These are really comfortable and they actually have sizes to fit Westerners. You can also have a robe to wear over your pyjamas if you wish, and you keep your shower shoes for the duration of your visit. Feel free to bring your phone, book or e-reader with you; everything else can be left in your locker. You are, of course, welcome to return to your locker whenever you wish; however, once you’re comfortable in the lounge area you probably won’t want to move.
The attendants will escort you out the other side of the changing area to a lift which will take you to the third floor. This is the main lounge area where you will spend most of your time whilst at Queen Spa. It is a vast room with rows of comfortable reclining chairs, each of which has its own TV with on-demand movies and TV shows. In the centre is a counter with a huge variety of soft drinks which you can help yourself to. There are also pastries and ice cream available for a small fee. Anything you wish to purchase will be added to your tab, which you will then pay for when you leave. In addition to free soft drinks, beyond the seating area is a fruit ‘shop’ where all the fruit is free.
On my visit I decided to go for a full body massage before making myself comfortable in the lounge area. A 90 minute aromatherapy massage is RMB269++; the minimum suggested tip on the receipt is 80rmb which makes the total including service charge and tip around RMB350. There are many other treatments available, such as different types of massage and salt scrubs, as well as a whole list of services when you’re relaxing in the lounge area watching movies. Another great service that Queen Spa offers for foreigners is that they have English-speaking staff available who wear a badge saying ‘English’. When I approached the desk for booking my massage, an English-speaking member of staff came over straight away to assist me. He also checked on me once I was in the massage room to make sure I knew what to do about adding the tip and signing the receipt at the end of the massage, and to see if I would like some water to drink.
After an hour and a half of massage I was fully relaxed and ready for some food. Queen Spa also caters for this with a full restaurant in the centre of the lounge floor. Once again, the English-speaking staff member came over to check I had an English menu, help me choose what to eat and to take my order. As I don’t eat meat and I prefer food that isn’t very spicy, he was very helpful in finding something I would enjoy. Unfortunately, my first choice wasn’t available so he came back and arranged a different meal for me that was adapted from menu items. I ended up eating udon noodles with vegetables and seafood in a tasty sauce – simple yet delicious.
Finally I found myself a reclining chair and made myself comfortable. There was quite a selection of movies and TV shows available to choose from, some of which were very recent releases. From your chair you can order drinks, fruit, food and a variety of treatments, all while charging your phone and watching what you like snuggled up in your pyjamas and a blanket. Bliss!
The entrance fee for Queen Spa is RMB108 for 24 hours; however, if you spend over RMB189 on treatments during your visit – which is easily done! – the entrance fee is waived. All prices are detailed in treatment menus and on clear posters which usually have English as well as Chinese. One thing to be aware of is that all fees are subject to 13% service charge, which is not included in the menu price. This is one of the few places in Shenzhen where tips are expected – suggested amounts for tips are written on the receipt which you have to sign for each service. Even with the added tax and tips, prices are still reasonable for the service you get. You even have the choice of paying in RMB or HKD, and can pay by cash, card or WeChat.
I spent a lovely relaxing day at Queen Spa. The total cost was RMB631 for an aromatherapy full body massage, foot scraping, ear cleaning, dinner, soft drinks and a movie, and I was at the spa for around six and a half hours. You definitely get your monies worth here and I would certainly recommend it to anyone visiting or living in Shenzhen. It’s a fantastic experience!
Selection of Treatment Prices
Rose, lavender, lemon or jasmine oil bubble bath RMB69 for 15 minutes
Back rub RMB79 for 30 minutes
Milk and honey body rub, rose bath salt rub or lavender bath salt rub RMB58 for 10 minutes
Chinese-style massage RMB189 for 90 minutes, RMB89 for an additional 45 minutes
Thai or Hong Kong-style massage RMB 229 for 90 minutes, RMB109 for an additional 45 minutes
Royal aromatherapy massage RMB289 for 90 minutes, RMB 129 for an additional 45 minutes
Express pedicure, foot sole skin scraping or between-toe skin cleaning RMB49 for around 20 minutes
Express manicure, ear cleaning or body exfoliation RMB79 for 30-35 minutes
Head, back, hand, leg or foot massage RMB79 for 45 minutes
Address and contact information
Chinese Name: 皇室假期美食水疗会
Address : B1/F-5F, Golden Metropolis Bldg, Chunfeng Lu, Luohu罗湖区春风路2040号金色都汇负1-5楼（金光华广场)
Well, I can’t imagine anyone jumping up and down saying “me, me, I love taxes”. But I do feel quite a few people want to have a deeper understanding of how taxes work. This is especially true when doing international business.
First, it is a dynamic and complex specialty. I am not a tax lawyer and my tips and opinions you should verify with your tax professional before implementing.
Ok, done with the disclosure. Read on to learn more about differences between corporate taxes and personal taxes.
What Is Company (Corporate) Tax?
First, let’s define what is tax for a company. The most easy way to envision this is picture a company as your baby. You gave birth to a new life, and this company has a new identity. Thus you need to report to the government about its “health” and its taxes, just like a baby will as he or she grows older.
You as the parent (shareholder and director) will be responsible for its upbringing. You need to now make sure this baby company is filing its paperwork and paying its taxes.
Following along now?
So, where you choose to give birth to this company (register or incorporate) is where you will be reporting taxes for it.
People like Hong Kong because it has a low corporate tax rate of 16.5%, and if you qualify 0% on offshore status. But let’s keep it simple and say 16.5%.
At the end of the year, your company earns $100,000 US dollars. You will need to pay 16.5% taxes on that, or $16,500 US dollars, and the company keeps the rest.
So that takes care of the company (corporate) tax. You also need to make sure you play salary tax on employees, government fees, keep the bookkeeping in order, and do the tax audit. But we’re focused on taxes today.
Now we need to talk about your taxes, as an individual.
What is Personal Tax?
Now we have finished the taxes for the company. But there is you, the “parent” of this baby company. Are you taking money out from this baby company to pay for your living costs? Or will you keep the money in the baby company’s bank account so that the company can grow faster and use that money to invest.
This is something that is tricky and we need to think about. I always like to re-invest money back into the company, but at the same time, we as the “parents” of a company need to make a living.
So, now its time to take money out of the company. And the money we take we need to pay taxes on, as a human being, as an individual.
We can take the money out as a salary or as a dividend.
If you take it out as a salary, you would hire yourself by the company and issue yourself an employment contract to work for the company. You would then need to pay salary tax on that income.
If you take it out as a dividend, it is easier. The main difference with a dividend is that you need to divide out by the percent shares you own. So if the company is 50% yours and 50% another partner, then you need to split the dividend by the percentage breakdown.
So, for example, let’s look at that $100,000 USD profit we mentioned earlier. Say you decide to issue $50,000 USD as a dividend, and keep $50,000 USD in the company for re-investing in growth. That $50,000 USD dividend would have to be an equal split between the owners at $25,000 and $25,000.
So maybe one of the owners doesn’t want to take the dividend, and the other needs the cash to pay his or her bills. Then it might make more sense to hire one of the owners to run the company and to take a salary.
This gets tricky at the personal tax level, let’s go through some things to consider next.
Where Is Your Citizenship?
What passport are you holding? Are you an American? If an American, your life just got more complicated as an international business owner.
Americans can get exempt from taxes up to a certain point if they qualify. But you will always need to file. So you’ll need to report that you have a Hong Kong company. You will need to report that earned income in the company that you will take out as a salary or dividend. Talk to your USA accountant about how you will treat this. There is different tax rules for salary vs dividend.
And if you’re an American residing somewhere else, you may also be subject to paying taxes in that country as well.
Other passport holders, let’s look now at a second criteria.
What Is Your Country of Residence?
Where you are a resident also comes into account when dealing with personal tax. If you’re a German living in Thailand, just because you live there doesn’t make you a resident. Are you on a tourist visa, which governments consider…being a tourist! Or are you on a work permit, which is the assumption that you are working in Thailand and earning an income and paying taxes.
Most places in the world where you have a passport and citizenship (except USA, see FATCA infographic). If you are a bona fide resident of another country, then you are exempt from paying taxes in your home country.
So the dividend or salary you took from your Hong Kong company, you would need to pay taxes in the country you are a resident.
The main point is, you need to pay taxes somewhere in the world. Either your “place of birth” or where you hold your passport and citizenship, or if you can qualify as a resident somewhere else.
Think About It On a Larger Scale – Multi-National Corporations
You are a bit confused. I like to step back and think about it from a big company perspective to give it the complete picture. Let’s say that a massive company has a company in Hong Kong. They have shareholders and directors and it is thousands of different people involved.
Let’s go point by point:
They would have income in their company. Same as you.
Costs, yup. Same as you – marketing, software, payroll, contractors, etc.
Directors – May have a few more than the typical small to medium sized business. This could be the C level executives or the Hong Kong company General Manager.
Shareholders – Quite a few, could be a publicly traded company. It may be 100% owned by a company in another country.
Like anywhere, this multi-national company has income and expenses. The company can try to adjust that in various countries where they have their different entities setup. This is transfer pricing. It can also transfer price by invoicing other companies in its network.
At the end of the day, they will need to report their yearly books to the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department. The company will pay taxes based on how much it earned in the Hong Kong company.
How about the directors and shareholders of this large company? Most likely the shareholders don’t expect to live off the dividends of the company. Instead want to keep the earnings in the company to reinvest in growing the company even bigger. These shareholders are most likely hands off. They want to see their investment make a long-term return on investment. The directors, let’s say there is a CEO and a COO, will get a salary and bonus. The shareholder’s board of directors approve the salary for the directors. Lots of times there may be stock options and bonus of cash payments based on performance of this executive team.
But in a large company, the owners do not live and depend on the dividends coming out of the business.
So, just like you – the company is to make money. But it is more clear that in a larger company there is a clear separation of shareholders and directors. Yet, smaller businesses the shareholders are the same as the directors. The directors need to earn a living and also optimize their taxes.
But how does one pay this dividend and/or salary to the director is a **Personal** tax event, not the same as corporate tax event.
Worth Noting – Do All Shareholders & Directors Agree on the Payout Structure?
Since we’re on this topic it’s worth sharing. Many times people get into business partnerships and they didn’t first discuss the money! How much of the money remains in the company versus how much will the company pay out as a dividend (or salary) to the shareholders.
**Discussing this with your business partners before the company is set up is critical**. This is a critical element. When you have this discussion you will find out if all other business owners in this venture are on the same page as you.
Based on my own experience, I have been in business ventures where my partners needed to take the cash out of the business ASAP. They needed this income to pay the bills. Whereas I was more focused on reinvesting this profit back into the business to grow it.
This difference in viewpoint and goals caused a lot of tension, as one may imagine. Each side has a fair argument. My partners in the deal said that if they don’t see the money coming out of the business they’ll lose focus. They want to benefit them in the short term to help focus on building this company. I much prefer the other side of doubling down the profits to quadrupling the investment of profits.
Which do you prefer? This should definitely be a topic you discuss with your partners as soon as possible. You should cover it in your shareholder’s agreement. Or at least noted as a mutual understanding document somewhere – a piece of paper or back of an envelope on the plane ride!
Big Companies – Keeping Their Corporate Profits Overseas
It is always a hot topic in American news. Massive comglomorates who make tons of money “offshore” or in international markets. These companies keep this millions (or billions) of dollars earned in these foreign companies. Then rather than sending the cash back up to the US company, the invest it overseas to delay the American taxs.
Again, we’re separating our personal taxes from company taxes. Remember, it is like a separate person. So Apple is earning tons of money in China on iPhones and other products. The company earns this cash from sales in China, but their headquarters is in California wants the tax money. The US government would love for them to wire transfer those billions to their USA bank account. This would then create a huge bump in revenue in their USA company, which translates to tax liabilities.
How This Applies To A Small Business Owners
Don’t have businesses setup around the globe? So you don’t have the leisure to decide where to report your billions of dollars of earnings, poor you! And poor me! There are things you can learn from this though. If your company makes money, it doesn’t mean you as the shareholder or the director are making money – at least in the short term. If your company is reinvesting the profit and not sending you the cash, you can wait. At least for that tax year – then you will not be liable for those taxes – as an individual.
Make sense? Again, it is critical that you separate your personal tax from your company tax situation. Company may earn a profit this year. But if it doesn’t send the money to the shareholders, or pay out as salary to the directors, then those individuals won’t be paying personal taxes on it that year.
Hope this helps. The laws and the places in the world where you are a resident or citizen may make this a different situation. So please ask a licensed accountant in your country where you file your taxes as an individual.
Focus On Building Your Business – Not Tax Shelters
I want to end today’s guide with a reminder. A lot of tax specialists always stress that the business exists to get customers and earn profit. It is not about spending all your time trying to avoid taxes.
Think of Google or Apple. They started in garages in California with a few people. I can’t imagine Larry Page or Steve Jobs sitting in their garage discussing how to setup offshore corporations. They’re not focused to avoid paying taxes on the small or non-existent revenue they were making.
That was all setup later, but expensive CPAs and corporate lawyers.
So if you’re reading this and at the early stage of your business, please save your brainpower. Put that energy on building your product and getting customers.
If you’re already past the early and middle stages of your business and want to get more advanced, sure, let’s talk!
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On 13 May 2018, the founding Head of Merchiston International School, Mr Chris Lynn, was delighted to welcome to the Shenzhen campus the Right Honourable Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh Frank Ross, City of Edinburgh Councillor Kate Campbell, Mr Martin McDermott, First Secretary Scottish Affairs, Dr Jiangtao Ma General Manager Edinburgh-Shenzhen Creative Exchange and Mr Simon Shen, General Manager of Scottish Development International, as well as representatives of the Foreign Affairs Office.
During his visit, the Lord Provost said that “It is breathtaking to see what you have achieved here in Shenzhen in such a short time and fantastic to hear you are using Edinburgh manufacturers and suppliers for the authentic Scottish look and feel of the School. I bet the students can’t wait to come here to take advantage of exchange opportunities. It is fantastic for Edinburgh that you are the first school in Scotland to set up an overseas campus and I very much look forward to coming back to Shenzhen later this year to see the school running”.
Merchiston International School (MIS) is the first and only school in Shenzhen providing a British education and boarding system. Located in Longhua District in the north of Shenzhen city, MIS occupies a ground space of 20,000 square metres providing a building area of 50,000 square metres, which can accommodate 1,200 students with a maximum class size of 22. The school will open its doors to boys and girls aged 5-18 (Years 1 to 10 and 12) in August 2018. English is the primary language of instruction in MIS. Students from Years 1 to 9 study the English National Curriculum, with additional access to Mandarin (Putonghua) language learning as part of the core curriculum. Students from Years 10 to 13 study for IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) examinations and GCE (General Certificate of Education) A Level examinations.
Adopting Merchiston Castle School’s ethos, MIS features a wide range of co-curricular activities, supported by state-of-the-art teaching and sports facilities. MIS also provides students with impressive facilities including on-campus libraries, multi-media classrooms, integrated science laboratories, a black box theatre, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a fitness suite, and tastefully landscaped areas.
Inheriting Merchiston’s boarding house system, MIS provides a family-style boarding system with high-quality child protection, safeguarding policies and procedures. Additionally, the School dining hall provides healthy and balanced menus using organic ingredients where possible and implements the highest standards of food quality and safety, to ensure that students’ dining experience is not only delicious and palatable but safe and healthy.
MIS will enroll its first students in August, 2018. MIS will open its door to students from all around the world and expand Merchiston’s fine traditions and high standards in China.
The New Year celebrations are always an exciting time at Green Oasis School but this year it was especially true after staff and students were treated to a Song and Dance extravaganza by staff and students.Led by Ms Sophie(Music) and Ms. Helen (Dance) three months of practice culminated in a colourful display enjoyed by the whole school community.It was an incredible day that amazed the huge numbers of parents and friends who had joined us for the day’s festivities.
Beginning with the combined Primary and Secondary Guzheng players, a song form Year 1 and a solo from Ms Sophie, the music proved to be the warm-up as we moved into the Dance.Dances from nine different regions were performed by Secondary and Primary Students.The Dance section opened with performance form the Yi.With swirling skirts and athletic moves, Year 8 students filled the stage with colour and drama.
Boys who are normally seen on the football pitch or basketball court s used their athleticism to make huge leaps that drew gasps of amazement from the watching students.
The Choa Xian dance was performed next by the Principal bringing a sense of calm after the frenetic activity of the Year 8 performers. Once we had gathered our breath, the students were back, this time with an Uyghur dance featuring a lot of dramatic arm gestures, creating great shape and adding meaning to the moves. The gracefulness of the Year 10 students added to the beauty of the performance.
Year 7’s interpretive play from the Gaoshan told the story of a child leaving to go and live in the big city before returning to her hometown to discover that nothing is more important than family.This struck a chord with many staff and parents as we were reminded of the meaning of the Spring Festival.
The Li, Yao and Zhuang dances that followed brought energy back into the show after our moment of reflection.The precision of the bamboo dances had many holding their breath watching to see if the student would avoid being hit by the poles.All escaped injury but there was a lot of feverish counting to make sure.Again, the athleticism of the students was on show as they leaped and stepped between the poles and turned cartwheels across the stage.
Our youngest dancers then performed a hair swinging dance from the Wa.This was dizzying at times as the students flung their hair up and down and round and round while adding graceful movements to move around the stage.Special thanks go to the Secondary Chinese department for working with the Primary students to create a spectacular that caused many a head to ache simply watching the strength of the girls performing.
The graceful Dai dance from our Year 7 students permitted another moment of reflection as the students moved around the stage with umbrellas.Bright and colourful, it presaged the final dance of the show.
The Zang dance “The pure Hada”completed he performances with a twirling dance and athletic moves.The girls’ took the stage first creating the mood of the dance with thoughtful expressions and moves that took them from the stage to the field.The entrance of the boys with their powerful jumps and twirls added energy to the dance.Once again our basketball-loving boys showed that power can also be graceful.
The event ended with a display of Cheongsam and Qipao by the teachers who were greeted to much acclaim by their hardworking students.
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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
At Green Oasis, we have had a focus on fire safety this year.Our Year 2 “Fire and Ice” topic gave us the opportunity to take this to the next level.As a British curriculum school, one of the History units covered is the Great Fire of London. The children discover and discuss what living conditions were like at the time and then investigate how the fire spread.As a practical experiment, they build houses in art and (safely) set fire to them to show how the fire happened.This year, we had very special guests as the Tianmian Fire department came to not only give a fire safety talk but also to put out the fire.
The houses students had created were the biggest ever built (by Year 2)
So the firemen prepared the hose.
Mr Li very bravely started the fire, though it seemed very reluctant to start – we are sure the Great Fire did not take this long to catch and spread.Once the houses were firmly ablaze the firemen set to work.
Something that the firemen very quickly proved is that it is very hard to put out a fire as it seemed to take quite a long time.
Once the fire was safely out – and the firemen kept checking to make sure – they gave a safety talk including a demonstration as to how to escape from a fire.
Following the demonstration, the firemen bravely withstood the questioning from our intrepid Year 2 fire investigators before returning once more to keeping Tianmian safe.
Our thanks go to the Tianmian fire brigade for their help in keeping our village safe and for the excitement of their visit.We look forward to their return next year when a new group of fire investigators study fire safety.
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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
This is a guest article by our friends at GlobalFromAsia.com who is hosting their third annual Cross Border Summit on April 20–21, 2018 here in Shenzhen, China — we hope this helps many of you crossing into the Shenzhen city — for that conference any many other reasons!
Passing over the Hong Kong border is a routine whether you are a foreigner living temporarily or permanently in Shenzhen. Based on the visa that you may have, there might be a need to leave Mainland China every month, or you may come and go as long as you want. Easy to understand instructions and a few reminders will help you how to cross the border to Shenzhen worry-free.
You might be wondering where to cross the Shenzhen border. For those who make their living in Shenzhen, the most convenient way is to navigate one of the many land or sea borders straight to Hong Kong. Majority of the people make an abrupt turnaround and traditionally journey back by way of China customs while some settle for a few days for some leisure breaks or go on a shopping spree.
A great number of foreigners usually have choices when they wish to cross the border to Hong Kong and vice versa. These land borders include Luohu, Huangguang, Futian, Shenzhen Wan, and Shekou. Wherever you live in Shenzhen, most of the border checkpoints can be accessed either by a taxi or metro train. In case you choose to ride a taxi, just say where you want to go followed by the word kou’an which means “border.”
Luohu is considered as one of the most active border crossings between Hong Kong and Shenzhen. It is a pedestrian crossing that connects Shenzhen with Hong Kong in the middle of Luohu and Sheng Shu in the New Territories. The simplest approach to travel to this place is to take the metro train to the Luohu stop, and you will arrive at the Shenzhen Railway Station. The railway station has high-speed trains with destinations to Guangzhou and other stops outside the Guangdong Province.
The Shenzhen Railway Station is so busy with different nationalities boarding the train and vigilance is a must because of several pickpockets. From the train station, you just have to pass the HK Immigration where you need to fill out forms before boarding another train that could take you to Kowloon. After being cleared with the immigration, you can purchase an Octopus card for your next destination. The crossing opens from 06:30 to 24:00.
Barely west of Luohu, you will find the Huanggang border crossing which is distinctly structured for transportation. If you don’t want to get caught in the morning and evening commuter flow, this crossing is more hassle-free, and traffic jam is reduced. One advantage of navigating this border is its 24-hour operation where you will find buses bound for various stations in Hong Kong.
Many expats residing in Shenzhen who wants to go to Hong Kong for some nightlife, cross the Huanggang border. Expect that when you enter, you will be inspected by China Immigration with the crossing situated on the Shenzhen side. Once on the bus, never lose your yellow bus ticket because you will need to hop on another bus after traversing from the mainland part to the HK frontier.
You can purchase a minivan ticket if you want to go to the Hong Kong Airport River without the need to leave Shenzhen or Hong Kong if going to immigration. Huanggang does not have metro or train at Hong Kong or Shenzhen side, only buses and private vehicles. It is 24 hours open and can be contacted at +86 755 83395171.
Futian is one of the land borders that can be reached by train. You will find the crossing at the Futian Kou’An Metro Train Station which is the most recent Shenzhen/HK Metro Border Crossing. This pedestrian crossing links Shenzhen with Hong Kong between Futian Kou’An as well as Lok Ma Chau in New Territories.
Futian Border Crossing is somehow comparable to the Luo Hu Border Crossing in terms of how you will go to your next destination. Here, you will also need to purchase an Octopus Card for Hong Kong Metro. But, in this crossing, you can depart the building and directly return to Shenzhen which is favorable for “Visa Runs.”
Shenzhen Wan or Shenzhen Bay
This bustling border crossing is located in Nanshan District with no available metro station for transportation but with taxis to take you to your destination. Once you’re done with the HK Customs, you can both ride a bus or taxi and go over the one-kilometer long bridge that could take you to several locations.
In the midst of peak hours (8:30 am to 12:30 pm and 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm) the hanging time for authorization is longer. And when comes the holidays, weekends, and travel seasons you need to have a lot of patience while waiting for your turn to be cleared by the immigration. The border is open from 6:30 am to 9:00 pm. Coaches and taxis are the main transportation here.
Shekou Ferry Port
People who live and work in Shekou can conveniently travel to Hong Kong by ferry. There will be a free shuttle service provided by the old ferry terminal that can take passengers to the new ferry terminal. The free ride runs every 10 minutes starting 6:30 am to 11:00 pm and the ride takes only eight minutes. The old ferry can be reached either by car or metro. Once on the new ferry terminal, you can board ferries on its way to the Hong Kong International Airport, Hong Kong Island, Macau and Zhuhai.
Octopus Card, Metro or Shenzhentong Travelcard
This electronic card is essential because it is generally used as payment upon riding a bus or metro when border crossing HK/SZ. Purchasing one will save you the hassle of waiting in line with other people buying their tickets at the station. Another advantage of getting this card is the discount you are entitled to every travel. You can buy the Shenzhentong card directly from the station itself or any 7/11 stores and pay 100 renminbi.
If you bought a Metro or Shenzhentong Travelcard, do not lose the receipt that contains the card ID number. You will use this if the card becomes lost or stolen. You need to keep in touch with the station where the ticket was bought and cancel the card. It would be better if you have the receipt available because you get the balance reimbursed excluding the deposit.
The International School of Nanshan, Shenzhen, is an exceptional school. Established in 2002, ISNS has grown from only 118 students to over 800, all of whom graduate and get accepted into top universities around the world. The graduating class of 2018 includes students who have acquired scholarships at such institutes as the University of Ottowa, York University and Queen’s University in Canada, and School of the Arts Institute of Chicago, Seton Hall University and the prominent institutions Stanford University, Northwestern University and University of California, Berkeley in the United States. Cumulatively, the ISNS class of 2018 has obtained over US$554,000 in scholarship offers up to April this year, which is testament to the outstanding academic achievements of the students.
In order to give back to the community which plays such an important role in the life of the school, ISNS has decided to continue their scholarship program for the upcoming academic year. There will be five scholarships available: four will be available to prospective IB Diploma Program (DP) students, and one will be available to a current student for the Diploma Program. Successful applicants will receive a full-ride and full-tuition scholarship at ISNS for the two years of the course, providing academic standards are maintained during the first year of study. This is a wonderful opportunity for both existing students and those considering a change of school for Grades 11 and 12, or for students new to Shenzhen.
ISNS is renowned for being the first full continuum International Baccalaureate school in Shenzhen. Throughout Grades 1 to 5 (the Primary Years Program or PYP) and Grades 6 to 10 (the Middle Years Program or MYP),it provides a unique combination of the New Brunswick curriculum from Canada and the world-recognised IB framework. Students completing the Diploma Program also have the opportunity to complete a New Brunswick Diploma as part of their studies. The key difference between a regular IB school and ISNS is that New Brunswick curriculum topics are used as the focal point for the IB units of enquiry, thereby expanding the areas covered to include provision towards the NB diploma.
The scholarships and bursaries provided by ISNS this year have been increased to an incredible total of RMB3,000,000. The school fosters a culture of inclusivity and cultural diversity, and by providing this service they ensure that their program is available to as many students as possible.
One of the fantastic aspects of ISNS is that all educational visits outside of the school are included in the tuition fees – or, in this case, within the scholarship funding. Every year groups from Grade 6 to Grade 12 take part in Service as Action and CAS trips (MYP & DP) or Education Outside of the Classroom (PYP) residential trips outside of Shenzhen. Destinations include Foshan and Yunnan Province in China as well as places which are further afield, such as Indonesia and Japan. These trips give students the opportunity to learn outside the school environment and help them to become true world citizens.
The students also plan and carry out a project to help the local or wider community as part of the ‘Service’ aspect of the IB framework. In Shenzhen students have worked with Captivating International, a charity based in Hong Kong and Shenzhen who support poor families and girls in rural China, and the Sunshine Academy which cares for and educates abandoned Chinese children. One project by Grade 11 students involved the students visiting Cambodia and building a house to help deprived local families. Other projects have included helping farmers in rural areas of China and discovering the culture and communities in different regions of China and South-East Asia.
In addition to the excursions away from Shenzhen, students also have the opportunity to take part in activities both within and after school. An extensive Arts program includes more than 23 different arts activities such as choir, dance and visual performances; sports choices are just as wide ranging, with the school participating in various inter-school events organised by Shenzhen International Schools Athletic Conference (SISAC). These events and activities are complemented by the state-of-the-art facilities at the ISNS campus in Nanshan, including a 200-metre outdoor track, a fitness centre, a 300-seat auditorium, libraries, fully-equipped science laboratories, art and music centres, wireless connectivity in all classrooms and interactive learning resources.
This year the International School of Nanshan, Shenzhen, will celebrate the significant milestone of its 100th graduating student. ISNS wants to give back to the students and give parents and wider families the opportunity to become part of the school community. Scholarships for academics, athletics, most-improved, all-rounder, and demonstration of the IB learner profile provide the perfect chance to join ISNS and grow to be one of their successful alumni.
For more information about the scholarships visit the scholarship and bursary section of the ISNS website or call the Admissions office. Alternatively, email the ISNS Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications close on 31st May 2018, so get your applications in quickly for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Chinese Name: 深圳南山国际学校
Place Address: International School of Nanshan Shenzhen -11 Longyuan Road, Taoyuan Sub-District, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518055
From my table on the 95th floor of the KK100, I can just about see all of Shenzhen. I understand now why people say that Social has the best dining view in the city. Yet there is plenty more to enjoy about the all-day dining restaurant at The St. Regis Shenzhen in Luohu.
That evening we had come to sample The St. Regis’ Russian Gourmet Festival. The hotel had invited three of the top chefs in Moscow to showcase the finest that Russian cuisine had to offer. Coming all the way from The St. Regis Moscow were Executive Sous Chef Alexey Smakhtalin, Junior Pastry Sous Chef Alexander Soin, and Sous Chef Dmitriy Golubev.
Together they provided Shenzhen with a unique opportunity to sample a cuisine that is rarely available in the city. From cured and pickled meats to delicate and delectable pastries, the guest chefs promised to indulge guests with their modern interpretation of Russian cuisine whilst staying loyal to the core principles of the time-honored classics.
Throughout the meal, we were treated to a sumptuous cross-section of Russian cuisine by the three chefs. No showcase of Russian cuisine could be said to be quite complete without the presence of Chicken Kiev. With tender chicken and delicate breadcrumbs, the breaded chicken fillet has rarely tasted this exquisite. Just when I thought I had sampled all that was on offer, I was presented with a Pork Stuffed Pig Bread. This playful little pastry comes in the guise of a little pig including a little snout and pair of ears. This Russian specialty is every bit delicious as it is cute.
Yet to say the evening was solely about the Russian dishes would be to do Social a great disservice. In fact, the food festival made up but a small portion of the culinary delights on offer.
While Social offers a DIY salad bar to appease even the most discerning healthy eaters, you would be forgiven to skip it altogether once you spied the sushi and sashimi on offer. Boasting the freshest cuts from the sea, it is one of the most popular food stations at Social and, having sampled the salmon and tuna, it is understandably so.
Next waiting for you is a real culinary treat in the form of Social’s renowned seafood bazaar. The station is truly a shellfish lover’s dream complete with Australian oysters on ice, steamed prawns, crab, and Alaskan king crab leg. You will find them perfectly paired with enough sauces to satisfy the most discerning of palates.
Next is a little something that I can’t say I’ve seen elsewhere in the city’s illustrious hotel restaurants. Social has a spinning Shawarma machine where you can enjoy pita wraps dripping with delicious meats and vegetable fillings. The vertical spit is a particular highlight in an already stellar buffet experience.
It’s not only the Shawarma machine that catches the eye. In the corner of the buffet, diners can find a traditional oven where Beijing Peking Duck is prepared. Cooked live in front of guests, the duck is then wrapped in a freshly steamed pancake with scallions, cucumber, and homemade Tian Mian sauce.
The Beijing Duck Rolls are just one of many authentically recreated traditional Chinese dishes. Diners can also enjoy Ma La Tang, the iconic hot pot broth. With a choice between the fiery Sichuan style and the more savory Guangdong broth, there is something for everyone’s tastes. Once you’ve chosen your soup base, you can then customize your hot pot from a choice of over 20 different meats, fish, shellfish, and vegetables.
If by some miracle you’ve managed to resist temptation and save some room for dessert, then you will be richly rewarded. Diners can choose from a selection of chocolate and cheesecakes to a wide array of flavors of Movenpick ice cream.
The choices on offer are quite simply overwhelming in the best, most mouthwatering way possible.
Yet what really makes Social stand out as a dining experience is the details. From the Beijing Duck Oven to the attentive staff there to refill your glass.From the Shawarma Stand to the charming and helpful Restaurant & Bar manager hailing from Ireland.
Social at St. Regis is a truly unmissable dining experience in Shenzhen. Come for the panoramic view. Stay for the world-class cuisine.
Most people will point out that American football players are covered in armor whereas rugby players simply wear a mouthpiece. Both are full contact sports which require intense ball carrying and tackling but there are many differences that make each sport quite unique.
First off, rugby is older and American football evolved from rugby’s core. So basics like tackling and scoring are similar. American football terms such as touchdown and field goal came directly from rugby in the 19th Century.
Rugby is played by 15 per side. That’s 30 players on the pitch with only one referee. Players stay on the pitch the entire match playing offense and defense until they are taken out of the game. Once a player is substituted he cannot rejoin the match.
Rugby offers the defense many chances to win back the ball. After every tackle a ruck is formed where both teams try to force each other backwards to win the ball. Scrums and lineouts restart the match when the a foul has been committed or the ball has gone out of bounds. These both also allow the defense a chance to win the ball back.
Play is restarted in American football by snapping the ball to the quarterback. Referees reset the ball after each play.
Rugby players run around for 80 mins, tackle, kick, pass, and run. This means all sorts of body types are needed- tall skinny players, short round players, light quick players, etc. There is a position for everyone.
Football positions are specialized. A player who catches almost never will be asked to tackle. A passer will never have to kick, etc. There are positions that rarely have to run and most defenders never have to run with the ball, pass, catch, or kick.