Is Hong Kong Right For Your Amazon FBA Business?

 

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Are you currently selling on Amazon, in your personal name? Or maybe you have a company in your home country for your Amazon business?

Sales are taking off and you want to start looking global for the right jurisdiction to establish a proper corporate entity.

Then look no further! Today we’ll discuss why Hong Kong is a great place for you to headquarter your Amazon FBA business. Start selling on Amazon US and other global markets from HK and Asia direct.

Note: This is more on the corporate setup side for a HK company and Amazon sales. Check out our how to guide on how to get started selling on Amazon FBA internationally for the business side of it.

Getting Started Selling on Amazon

There are massive courses written on how to sell on Amazon. This guide is focused on setting up your account from Hong Kong, but we also give some general tips on Amazon FBA selling in general to start.

It consists of two parts, 1) Finding a good product and 2) optimizing your Amazon listing once its listed.

Here are a few tools many Amazon sellers use, here are a couple our readers discuss:

  • Jungle Scout – One of the first and most diverse collection of Amazon seller tools out there.
  • AmaChete – a newer, more affordable tool for Amazon sellers.

Try out one that works best for you – to dig through the massive amounts of data to find products that have a good opportunity for you.

Easy To Buy From Chinese Factories

Hong Kong is where everyone setups up their business for their import and export business. It is right next door to Mainland China, without the complexities and headaches that you’d get in the PRC.

So your Chinese factories, many of them, will already have a HK company and a Hong Kong bank account, most likely HSBC HK. You can pay them immediately, no fee, and they will receive the funds almost at the same time.

You can envision one of those drug deals in the movies, or hostage situations. One side brings the “goods” (drugs, hostage, etc) and the buyer brings the cash. Well, in more modern action movies, it’s not a suitcase of cash anymore. Instead its a laptop or a code that sends the funds to their bank account with the press of a button.

Not to correlate drug dealing and buying from factories, but you can be inside their factory for the deal. You finish doing a quality inspection, and whip out your HSBC Hong Kong online banking afterwards. Show them you transferred the funds (spin the laptop around and show the screen). Also you’ll have a reference number on the spot. They can check that same instant. They confirm the funds received, and they let the container ship leave the factory dock.

If you do this from an overseas bank, it would at least be 24 hours or so, and much higher fees. Are you buying from many factories and doing a lot of factories transactions often? You can save a ton of time, fees, and headaches by having a HSBC HK bank account.

Low or Zero Percent Tax

The corporate tax rate in Hong Kong is 16.5%, which is low already in the global index. On top of that, if you can prove you’re an offshore business, you can get a 0% exemption on the earnings you make outside of Hong Kong.

If you’re selling in Amazon USA, then, that isn’t Hong Kong right? Enjoy this offshore tax while also being in a great jurisdiction like Hong Kong. This way you can enjoy the legal protection and corporate image. Best of both worlds.

Amazon Has Overseas Sellers Programs That Make It Easy

Amazon allows sellers from around the world to sell in the Amazon USA marketplace. And now that you can piggyback off their fulfillment operations via FBA (fulfillment by Amazon). No longer do you need the headaches of a warehouse and logistics center in USA.

Buy your products from the factory in China, pay from your HSBC HK bank account, and ship them direct to the Amazon FBA warehouse in America.

Once the sales start to come in, Amazon pays out the sales proceeds every two weeks. Get an account with Payoneer and have the funds sent direct to Hong Kong. Nice and smooth.

Don’t get left behind with others who have more complex business operations. Take it from me, e-commerce was a lot, LOT harder ten years ago. Nowadays, you don’t even need a website, just load up in Amazon and get the sales payments twice a month.

Credit Card + Phone Verification

We have gotten a lot of attention from Amazon entrepreneurs going through the HK setup process, and a good question we received is below:

A problem I see is they’re asking for an international credit card (which my HK company does not have- just UnionPay). How did you do it? some of their support articles and comments from people on the internet seem to indicate they need to verify that you have a phone number in HK too.Alvaro

This is why we suggest people to apply for a credit card at the bank – the same time they go in for a new account opening.

Phone number, people use online numbers like Skype in.

Can Grow Into More Business Opportunities Later

Selling on Amazon is a great business. Lots of people are making good monthly income from. But maybe once you get the sales coming in and the business running, you want to try something else.

No problem, you can leverage the power of this Hong Kong company for your new venture too! You can apply for the many merchant account options and get that connected direct to your Hong Kong business bank account. Open your own shopping cart and pay direct via Shopify or another cloud based shopping cart.

Can You Sell on Amazon USA with a Hong Kong company?

Yes, this is possible. You register your Amazon seller account with your Hong Kong business registration certificate. It will ask you a million and one times if you are American or not. You need to be a non-American to do this – legally. But for those non-USA citizens, this is a great way to connect your Amazon USA sales to your Hong Kong business.

You can then have Amazon send money to your Payoneer or World First account and then receive the funds in your Hong Kong bank directly. With the funds in Hong Kong, you can then directly wire money to your Chinese factory. Often times they have a Hong Kong bank account, such as HSBC, so there are no fees and the transfer happens within seconds.

Talk about fast and efficient! This is pretty close to F2C (Factory to Consumer) – you can also read up a blog post where we discuss F2C

Will I Receive USD or HKD (Hong Kong dollars) from Amazon payments?

The next most popular question is what funds you will receive. Most think they must receive Hong Kong dollars and get hit on the foreign exchange (FX) fees. But there are other options. We discuss this a lot in our member’s forum for client.

Here’s an interesting answer from one of our clients:

There are a couple of companies that can keep your money in USD and have way lower fees than Payoneer. We are looking at OFX right now and also World First. OFX has an office in HK. Looks like that is what we will do. And then link to Hk bank account once we have itGFA Client

Many of our clients have also been using Remitsy as a way to get money into China successfully while banking is pending.

Of course, these policies and fees are always changing, so best to ask these service providers.

Connecting HSBC HK to Amazon

While there have been people saying that Amazon won’t wire to Hong Kong – I have had readers (as of October 2016) tell me that they can add their HSBC Hong Kong business bank account to their account directly.

No 9 digit routing — and few people online say dont use first 3 of the 12 number of your account (say 1st 3 numbers are bank not account number)

After a lot of chats with Amazon seller support, my contact was able to connect his HSBC Hong Kong bank directly, simply by choosing Hong Kong and then using the above trick to get the account number to fit. Others please help update me.

Doing Your Amazon FBA Bookkeeping

So once people get the Hong Kong company setup for their Amazon business, they then ask how do they best balance their accounting books? While there is no difference in bookkeeping for an e-commerce business as there is for any business, there is a setup that many sellers have been using.

This is called A2X Accounting – it is a plugin on top of Xero software that connects automatically to FBA’s database and imports all your sales numbers in. This way you can save time from data entry as well as worrying about “fat fingers” and other issues with humans.

What Do You Think? Ready to Leverage Hong Kong for your Amazon FBA Business?

So I know how stressful it is when structuring your corporation. Or even more stressful it is to restructure and close down a company and move funds and assets to another. But that is the only way we grow and stay competitive.

I’d love to hear any and all comments. Maybe you don’t agree – please share! You should be at a certain level to maintain the upkeep costs of an international business. And also able to come to Hong Kong at least once for the bank account opening. We offer services for Amazon sellers and online business owners who aren’t in Hong Kong to make the process as simple and smooth.

If you like this article and blog, we’d be ecstatic if you’d consider our HKVIP Hong Kong registration package. We will take care of everything from A to Z. We work with a lot of Amazon sellers and will give you pointers and tips we have seen along the way.

Even one of those tips during the setup process could save and make you thousands of dollars, so we hope to see you soon!

Related: Check our full Amazon FBA library for more guides and tools.

Welcome Dr.Xu,TCM & Acupuncture Master to Join HarMoniCare SZ

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Twenty years ago, with a piece of silver needle, she stepped into United States of America as an ambassador for Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, where she had made exceptional efforts to promote Chinese culture and TCM to the people from all over the world.
20年前,一个柔弱的女子,拿起了银针,在异国他乡大洋彼岸弘扬中医精神,在美国宣传中医针灸,并逐步改变了许多美国人对中医,尤其是针灸的印象, 使很多美国人和来自世界各地的朋友热爱上了中医文化。

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Acupuncture, hailed as Magical Needle of the East, marks the tide of TCM. As the quintessence of China, it has been gaining a great influence and popularity around the world and creating many medical miracles .
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With full passion for TCM,Dr. Xu has been engaged in TCM and acupuncture for over 30 years. As the apprentice of He Puren, the Chinese Guru of acupuncture, she systematically mastered the clinical application of ‘He Shi San Tong Therapy’. Besides, she also perfectly captures the spirit of “Tung’s Extra Points” after learning from Yang Weijie, a leading authority of acupuncture in Taiwan.
许娟主任,酷爱中医针灸事业,从事中医针灸工作三十余年。中国著名针灸专家国医大师贺普仁教授的入门弟子,系统的掌握了“贺氏三通”的临床应用。跟随台湾针灸泰斗杨维杰教授学习掌握了“董氏奇穴”的临床应用。捕获.PNG
During the 10 years in USA, Dr.Xu successfully treated many complicated cases of all races. She even won the awards of  ‘Recommended Doctor’ by Mayor in Redondo, California and ‘Honorary Citizen’ by Mayor in Monterey Park. Her story had been reported by a series of American media.
在美行医十年,曾治疗过各种族裔的病人。获得美国加利福尼亚州雷东多市长推荐医生奖状、蒙特利公园市长授予名誉市民奖状,其事迹曾被多家美国媒体报道。
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After coming back to China, she served as the director in Oriental Institute of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and devoted herself to clinical teaching with foreign postgraduate students. She is active in TV shows and lectures.
回国后曾担任北京中医药大学东方学院、河南新乡医学院三全学院的讲课和临床带教,带外国留学生、研究生。曾担任中医康复科、针灸科主任,多次上电视台、电台讲座,发表论文数篇。
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Dr.Xu excels in Gynecology(ovary,uterus and mammary gland, menstruation, infertility, prenatal and postpartum recovery); Pediatrics(hyperactive child syndrome,cerebral palsy, infantile convulsion and malnutrition ); Some pain diseases(paralytic stroke, facial paralysis, allergic rhinitis, obstinate insomnia, vertigo and sub-health conditioning). With rich clinical experiences and the effectiveness in treatment, Dr.Xu is well received by patients from home and abroad.
许娟主任擅长针药并用治疗疑难杂症,如妇科(卵巢、子宫、乳房疾病、月经病、不孕不育、产前产后的调理);儿科(小儿多动症、小儿脑瘫、小儿惊风、小儿疳积);疼痛性疾病(中风、面瘫、过敏性鼻炎、顽固性失眠、眩晕、亚健康调理)。临床经验丰富,疗效显著,深受中外患者的好评。

Nowadays, Dr.Xu joined Shenzhen HarMoniCare Women & Children’s Hospital, the first international hospital with JCI in Shenzhen. As the head of the TCM department, she shared that an international TCM club will be set up soon to offer a platform for friends from different countries to communicate regularly.
活跃在国际舞台,她正在为中医针灸事业做出积极的努力和贡献,“医生的天职是治病救人”是她的座右铭,更多的为患者解除疾苦是她毕生的心愿。如今,许娟主任加入了深圳和美妇儿科医院,作为中医科负责人,她表示将打造一个和美国际中医俱乐部,为深圳来自全世界的中医爱好者提供一个跨文化的交流平台。

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

Find Your Taste With Les 5 Chef’s Miznon Gourmet Street Food

In the time since Les 5 Chef’s opened its doors in Shekou, the fine dining restaurant has built up a reputation for its high quality cuisine at reasonable prices. So when they announced the opening of their new restaurant called Les 5 Chef’s Miznon, naturally it caught the curiosity of many a food lover in the city. Shenzhen Party went to check out the latest culinary endeavor.

At first glance, Les 5 Chef’s Miznon is probably not what most people would have been expecting from the people behind the original Les 5 Chef’s. The interior consists of exposed foundations with bright graffiti and blackboards of food specials. From the Hong Kong style open style bar, hip music plays onto the streets where there are the neighboring hole in the wall restaurants and stores.

One of the restaurant’s partners is Harry, who spent 35 years opening restaurants, hotels and cruise liners before embarking on Les 5 Chef’s. For him, Les 5 Chef’s Miznon has a very clear and distinct concept. “Les 5 Chef’s is international fine dining. Here, at Les 5 Chef’s Miznon, we make gourmet street food. It’s Middle East style. We serve roasted vegetables, chicken, stuffed pita. Its high quality ingredients, high quality taste, for a reasonable price.”

The idea for Miznon came about when Harry kept receiving requests from customers at Les 5 Chef’s. “We have a lot of Israeli customers and they came to me many times, ‘Harry, we love your food, but can you do our food.’ I was many times before in Israel and I know how to make their food so I said, ‘Yes, but we will make a completely different concept to the 5 Chef’s.”

“It took time to find the flavor. Israeli taste is very specific so we adapt the food so that everybody likes it. For example, for the Chinese taste, we will give a little bit of spiciness inside, so the customer can order it spicy if they want to have spicy or not.”

In fact, it is from the restaurant’s Israeli origins that the restaurant takes its name Miznon, which means ‘Canteen’ in Hebrew. Although to refer to Miznon simply as a canteen would be to do a disservice to its extensive and exciting food menu.

Customers can choose from twenty four different pitas including meat, seafood, and vegetable fillings. The Roasted Chicken is one of the stand-out items on the menu, which goes well with any of the ten roasted vegetables dishes. That is all without mentioning any of the soups, salads or noodle dishes.

Harry is asked to pick out some of the most popular dishes. “For me, it is the Lamb Chili Onion Pita. We use only the Lamb Tenderloin so it is very soft. The next one is the Falafel Pita, because we have lots of options for vegan people and vegetarians coming here. There is also the Roasted Cauliflower. First it is cooked, then roasted. We use only Greek or Australian olive oil to roast it. It is one of the best sellers.”

While picking the roasted tomatoes straight from the vine and as you try the roasted cauliflower and ask yourself if cauliflower has always tasted this good, one thing starts to become clear; Les 5  Chef’s Miznon uses only the finest, freshest and healthiest ingredients. “Our beef is coming from Australia. Our vegetables we pick up every two days from a farm four hours from here by driving. The hummus, every day we make fresh three times. We peel the chickpeas. It’s a lot of work, but it’s much smoother this way.”

Another element of the concept at Les 5 Chef’s Miznon is the complimentary sauce station, which customers are encouraged to take advantage of. “We have here 8 sauces. We have for European tastes and Chinese tastes. We give the recommendations, but I really have to say that they find their own taste,” explained Harry.

Yet to say Les 5 Chef’s Miznon is somewhere only to come to enjoy a meal would be only part of the story. It’s as much a place to meet friends to chat over some drinks. The restaurant boasts draft craft beer all the way from Ingolstadt, in the heart of Bavaria. Herrnbrau is available in four different beers and cannot be found anywhere else in China, let alone Shenzhen. At RMB20 for 300ml, it’s most likely the best value you will find around too.

The spirits menu is equally generously priced and well stocked. When you can get yourself a rum or gin for RMB25, it’s no wonder then that many customers end up staying at Les 5 Chef’s Miznon long after they have finished their meal. As Harry says, “What we do is we close when the last customer has left. So sometimes we are open till three or four o’clock.”

Place Name: Les 5 Chef’s Miznon

Place Address: N0.143 Shekou old street, Nanshan District, Shenzhen深圳南山蛇口老街143号

Place Phone: +86 135 2889 0561

See below for more information on Les 5 Chef’s Fondue Festival, which runs from 21st December 2017 to 21st January 2018. There are also some fantastic  lunch specials and drinks offers available at Les 5 Chef’s Miznon.

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[Winner Announcement] 2017/18 Shenzhen New Year’s Midi Festival

ShenzhenParty.com is very proud to hold a contest for [Ticket Giveaway] 2017/18 Shenzhen New Year’s Midi Festival ticket giveaway. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the contest is as below. Congratulations!!

Winners:

Zaxen

 

Eniotna 

Cindy Choquet 

Congratulations to the winners above!! :) Also thanks to everyone who attended the contest. We look forward to seeing you all at our next contest in the future. Be prepared, you just might be the next winner!!

Giving you one more reason to buy some of the finest Italian wine as chosen by SteSoph

 

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This fabulous Castellano wine from the Colli Ripani winery in Central Italy is truly one of the most sought after items in our collection and comes highly recommended.

Promoted by SteSoph’s Italian platform, located in Shenzhen, you are not only buying one of the finest wines from the Colli Ripani winery, but you are also taking part in a worthy cause to support the Marche region recover after the 2016 earthquake, via the crowd funding project on the Suning platform.

Visit the website at https://zc.suning.com/project/detail.htm?projectId=18138

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This is truly one of those rare opportunities to take advantage of an unbelievable offer on the Suning platform, where a whole host of fantastic packages are available including the finest wine from the Colli Ripani winery.

Some amazing offers are up for grabs including an once-in-a-lifetime chance to fly to Italy and visit the beautiful Marche region where the Castellano wine originates from.

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The breathtaking view from the Vinery Dei Colli Ripani.

After the earthquake that shook Central Italy in 2016, it became part of Stesoph’s mission to support one of their partner and help restore the Marche region, where the winery is located, which was badly damaged by the tragic events.

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The Colli Ripani Winery before and after the devastating earthquake.

As the areas rebuilds after the disaster, it is a unique opportunity for true wine lovers to enjoy some of the finest wines at very reasonable prices. While enjoying the Castellano wine, customers can also be in the knowledge that when they buy, they are helping one of the great winemaking regions of Central Italy.

The Castellano wine is the perfect union between the Montepulciano and the Sangiovese grapes, which are lovingly handpicked from the Vinery Dei Colli Ripani. Next follows the long and careful process of macerating the grapes with skins for twenty to twenty five days, the soft pressing, the storage of the barrels, before the all important filtering. The wine spends eighteen months in the big barrel, followed by six months in the smaller barrique, and finally a minimum of six months in the bottle, which allows it to become the most extraordinary of wines and stand apart from its competitors.

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Gymnast Yuri Chechi (‘The Lord of the Rings’), Olympic Gold Medallist and 5 time World Champion, is a supporter of the Colli Ripani winery.

Christmas and New Year are just around the corner so take advantage of this amazing opportunity on the Suning platform to purchase some fantastic packages, which include the multi-award winning Castellano wine.

To become involved in this project, go to https://zc.suning.com/project/detail.htm?projectId=18138 or simply scan the QR code.

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Besides the Suning platform, you may also purchase wine through Stesoph’s public WeChat account by scanning the QR code or directly in Stesoph office as usual.

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For more information, please contact Richard at 13823289472, Steven (Stesoph) at 15989878786, or if you prefer, you can contact Shenzhen Party directly.

It is our pleasure to share this rare opportunity to enjoy some of the finest wines from Italy.

Joint Commission International (JCI) Review

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Gold  Seal  of  Approval
 Joint Commission International (JCI) has reviewed the Triennial Hospital Survey Report of 6-10 November 2017 for Shenzhen HarMoniCare Women & Children’s Hospital. Congratulations to the management team, leaders and staff for achieving this recognition of the commitment to provide quality care on an ongoing basis.Œ¢–≈Õº∆¨_20171214094022.jpgHundreds of health care organizations have achieved the Gold Seal of Approval as JCI-accredited entities. From academic medical centers and hospitals to primary care providers, JCI has partnered with these organizations to support their quest for excellence.The core value of JCI accrediation is the “Six Safety Goals of International Patients”. The following is a list of all standards for this function: Identify Patients Correctly ,Improve Effective Communication ,Improve the Safety of High-Alert Medications , Ensure Safe Surgery , Reduce the Risk of Health Care-Associated Infection , Reduce the Risk of Patient Harm Resulting From Falls ,which covers 308 criteria and 1272 elements of measurement in total .

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Meet The Man Bringing Hard Rock To Shenzhen

This year marked the start of an exciting new chapter in Shenzhen with the opening of the first ever Hard Rock Hotel in Mainland China. The Hard Rock brand is one of the most recognizable in the world and its arrival is a landmark moment for the city.

Glenn Peat is the General Manager at the hotel and comes to Hard Rock with over 20 years of experience with Hyatt International and Shangri-La across New Zealand, Australia, India and China. He spoke to Shenzhen Party about what makes a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel unique, their plans for live music in Shenzhen, and his own love of music, including rocking out to Guns’N’Roses in Delhi with 30,000 other fans.

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What excited you about the opportunity to work with a Hard Rock Hotel?

I have always been looking for the right brand for me and my style and my personality. I feel Hard Rock is the perfect fit for me as I am a music lover and we are all about the music, not just rock, but all genres. In addition, it’s great to finally be able to express my personality and deliver it through the customer service we are able to provide.

Do you feel a sense of responsibility or excitement to be the first Hard Rock Hotel in Mainland China?

Absolutely, we are the flagship for the brand in China and it is a great opportunity to establish our hotel brand in this fantastic country. It is an exciting time and our property is very well supported by Hard Rock International and Mission Hills, who are helping to ensure we are successful in all aspects and create a positive first impression of our brand within China.

How does the Hard Rock Hotel distinguish itself from the other luxury hotels in Shenzhen? What can guests experience at the Hard Rock Hotel that they would not find elsewhere?

We do this in many ways. Memorabilia is one of our key areas. It is a key differentiator along with our live music activations. Live music and supporting both international and local artists is another key aspect for us. We have established for 46 years now a great rapport with artists globally including China where we have access to them and their networks and assist in growing them internationally.

Our Sound of Your Stay Program is very unique as each guest has the opportunity to have one of four music elements in their room free of charge. Picks – a Fender electric guitar with amplifier and headphones to play to your heart’s content. Plus our interactive TV has guitar lessons to learn from free of charge as well. Wax – we have retro style Crosley vinyl record players available for guest use in their room. Tracks – our music playlist system that can be delivered to your room for the guest to choose their own music selection and play through our sound bar and subwoofer, which is in each guest room. Mix – we have a DJ system which again the guests can play with in their room. Again all of these four elements are free of charge to the guest and they can book through the front desk.

We also differentiate ourselves through embracing the local culture to a different level to others. Enhancing the local music brand is key and as I said earlier supporting local artists. Their memorabilia is displayed throughout our hotel and also added to our global collection. We also allow our staff to express their local personalities. We encourage individuality and instill this attitude into the team so we can serve our guests better. Staff can express who they are through how they interact and their appearance, which makes them more comfortable and able to deliver amplified service.

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Hard Rock Hotel has a strong and proud tradition of live music. How does the hotel hope to work with local musicians and grow the local music scene? Can we expect to see Hard Rock Hotel bring in acts from overseas?

We are already operating locally with Hip Hop Allstars (Ten top Chinese Hip Hop artists) staying with us and we are supporting them through enhancing their own individual brands. In addition, we worked with Project Ace a local Guangzhou 9 piece Jazz Hip Hop band, who stayed and played with us and are one of the hottest groups in China right now. It is important to both Hard Rock International and Hard Rock Shenzhen that we support local music talent and this is a specific initiative to ensure we are locally strong and globally aware.

In relation to international artists, in 2018 we will have a full schedule and with many Hard Rock Live events planned including Battle of the Bands and Summer Vibes. We are unique in the sense that we have more than 30,000 live music activations globally each year. Now Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen is part of this and we will be launching Hard Rock Live events in 2018.

How can we expect the Hard Rock Hotel to grow and develop in the near future?

The hotel will naturally grow and develop in business levels through increased exposure and awareness. We are already seeing this current trend. We will have many live music activations in 2018, supporting local and international artists. Hard Rock International will be increasing its presence in China as well with continued support for our hotel from corporate office and also opening a number of Cafes in China in 2018. In addition to this, Hard Rock will open Hard Rock Hotel Haikou in 2019, followed by Hard Rock Hotel Dalian in 2020. These strategic openings in the café and hotel business entities will continue to strengthen our brand in China and also result in increased growth and development for Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen.

Do you have a much of an affinity with live music yourself?

I am a huge music fan. The first concert I attended was U2 and the last concert I attended was Guns n Roses in Delhi, India. The Hard Rock brand supports all music genres from Indie and Hip Hop to R&B and Rock. Whatever your preference is we have something for everyone. That is what differentiates us from the rest as well. Everyone has some connection to music and we are able to satisfy this and create unique memorable moments with our guests through music. This is why I am so proud to work with this brand.

Who are your favorite musicians? Do you have a favorite memory of live music?

My favorites range from Pitbull and Flo Rida to Guns n Roses and Imagine Dragons. Plus I enjoy pop, rock, punk, EDM and Hip Hop. My favorite album is easily Throwing Copper by Live, with my favorite song from that album being Lightning Crashes. My favorite live music performance was watching Axel Rose and Guns n Roses rock out in Delhi infront of 30,000 fans.

The Hard Rock Hotel is located at No.9 Mission Hills Road, Guanlan, Shenzhen. For more information, head to www.hardrockhotels.com/shenzhen. To make a reservation, please call 0755 33952888.

Place Name: 深圳硬石酒店 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号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 3395 2888

Shenzhen Dragons Rugby Club MMVIII

ABOUT US: 

Welcome to the Shenzhen Dragons Rugby Club – the finest rugby & social club in South China!

Formed in 2008, the Shenzhen Dragons have been a mainstay of the Pearl River Delta rugby circuit and beyond ever since. The club has both a men’s and women’s team who play in full contact matches throughout the year, including regular and spirited derbies with our local rival, the Guangzhou Rams. The club also travels to tournaments in other areas, including Macau and Hong Kong. This friendly, lively, yet competitive bunch welcomes all comers, regardless of age, ability or experience.

Club Structure

Our club is grassroots level, in that all the club’s support services and logistics are provided by club members. The club has a standing committee that is formed of and voted for by the club’s members at the start of each season.

The support we have seen from local sponsors, volunteers, private donors, and the dedicated work of club members who help to elevate and develop the club in their free time has truly been phenomenal, and it has allowed our club to become a mainstay of the Chinese rugby community.

Social Club

Outside of our dedication to the game of rugby, the Dragons also have a social club which hosts events around the city on a regular basis. These events range from adult-only nights at a local watering hole, to family-fun events like the Craft Beer Fest which offers not only beer, but live music, food, and games for the family. Rugby is a culture as well as a sport, and we do our best to foster the social aspect of that with both playing and non-playing members alike.

Mission

As southern China’s premier rugby club, we aim to create an atmosphere that fosters open-mindedness, fitness, understanding, fun, respect and dedication. Our doors are open to all regardless of age, gender, experience, fitness levels, religious or sexual orientation; and we hope to see anyone and everyone who is interested down at the pitch with us!

TRAINING INFORMATION

The Shenzhen Dragons men’s and women’s teams train together twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 20:30 to 22:30. We mix up our training sessions by working on various rugby aspects ranging from general fitness conditioning to full contact training. All training sessions are 50RMB and FREE for first timers to the club.

Thursday night sessions are also followed up by after-training drinks at MASH Gastropub. MASH kindly provide a FREE first beer for all training participants and presents the club a great environment in which to relax and socialize after a tough training session.

If you are interested or curious in rugby, feel free to come and join us. To find out more about training sessions, please feel free to contact a member of the club by clicking ‘contact us.’ 

                                    

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Please email shenzhendragonsrugby@yahoo.com or add andrew1509 on wechat for more information!

 

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15 YEARS STRONG: The International School of Nanshan Shenzhen Celebrates Milestone Education

The perfect synergy: A pioneer in education combining the best of the International Baccalaureate and New Brunswick curricula. 

Founded in 2002, through the foresight and partnership among the Government of Canada, the Province of New Brunswick and the founding father, Dr. Francis Pang, the International School of Nanshan Shenzhen (ISNS) successfully marks its 15-year milestone as a leading international school.

In commemoration of the occasion, ISNS held a formal ceremony on December 13, 2017 welcoming founding family members Dr. Francis Pang and Ms. Joyce Pang, Chinese government officials, V.I.P. guests, and families of the School.

The event repertoire included speeches by Vice Director of Education Bureau of Nanshan District, Shenzhen, Mr. Zhou Xin Sen, Francis Pang, Joyce Pang and Mr. David Swanson, Head of School, Ms. Isabel Grimsel, Parents’ Association Activity Director, a special performance by the School choir, and a declaration of the first official ISNS time capsule.

ISNS set out to establish a globally recognized institution offering students the opportunity to achieve excellence in academics, personal growth and success beyond the classroom. Like the Phoenix, ISNS rose to the challenge and brilliantly shines as a top international school in Shenzhen, China and the world.

“I remember 15 years ago we were asked to bring the best of international education to Shenzhen,” says Ms. Joyce Pang, ISNS Executive Director. “From there, we started with the support from the Nanshan District, the Shenzhen and Guangdong Government, the Canadian government, and with the trusts of our parents. The school opened its door to a handful of students on its first day with a very clear vision and a determined team.”

The goal: to foster a diverse student body through exceptional education. Today, ISNS boasts 43 different nationalities across K3 through Grade 12 and provides students with global opportunities, the spirit of multiculturalism and the power of academic choice.

In 2016, ISNS achieved the prestigious standing of first IB World School in Shenzhen, China authorized across all three IB Programmes: Primary Years Programme (PYP), Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Porgramme (DP).

Additionally, ISNS succeeded accreditation by the Department of Education, New Brunswick Canada. Scholars from ISNS graduate with both an IB and New Brunswick diploma propelling students into life after ISNS with a global passport and endless possibilities.

“We want to bring the best in education to our students, to ensure we equip our students with the knowledge and know-how to become global citizens and to contribute to society,” says Ms. Pang.

Dr. Francis Pang, ISNS Chairman continues, “we have successfully introduced the Canadian curriculum into Shenzhen and most recently introduced all three programmes of the IB curriculum. It is with our common vision and lead in education, that the future holds boundless possibilities for growth and for the development of our students.”

The philosophy of ISNS focuses on developing a culture within the school that reflects the importance of community engagement, technology integration and service learning.

At the foundation of ISNS’s success, is its dedicated and caring community. Together, parents, students, faculty and staff forged a safe and nurturing environment where teachers instil in students a love of learning and inspire them to pursue their dreams.

“One of the most important aspects of ISNS is how we have really grown as a community. It is with the dedication of our education team, operations team, parents and students along with the continued support from the government bodies that we have branded together to be a true community, supporting and respecting each other,” proudly states Ms. Pang.

Through community initiatives each year, the ISNS Cultural Fair, Charity Month in November, Anti-Bullying week and seasonal celebrations, the School prides itself on fostering a welcoming, supportive and active family. “Successful growth of a school is not the work of one individual but truly the hard work of a community,” adds Ms. Pang.

ISNS explores and pioneers new ideas and approaches to learning to meet the needs of all children in the demands of our ever-changing global environment. ISNS recognizes technology as a fundamental vehicle for learning and strives to engage students through technology integration in the classroom. ISNS’s Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) program is at the forefront of cutting-edge technology. VR/AR can be used across different subject areas to bring real-world learning experiences into the classroom. With this platform of the future, students are able to experience ancient societies, go on virtual fieldtrips to other countries and planets, travel through the human body from the size of a single blood cell, and create entire life-sized worlds from their imagination that others can walk through.

True to the IB, ISNS promotes international mindedness and independent thinking. The School encourages students to share their different perspectives and experiences while providing them with the opportunity to learn through a variety of cultural exchanges both locally and abroad. Special to ISNS is the Week Without Walls program. Learning has no boundaries and with that ISNS students travel to cities within South East Asia to learn about the culturally rich and diverse communities of Cambodia, Thailand, Mainland China and Indonesia. Students build homes for families who have suffered misfortune, learn about world religions, cook local cuisine, hike through the natural wonders of Asia and meet the most memorable individuals sharing stories of culture, struggle and success.

“As we celebrate our 15th anniversary this year, we look to draw upon our experience from the past to propel us forward to even greater success,” says Mr. David Swanson, ISNS’ Head of School. “ISNS aims to be an international school of world-class caliber, offering students the best preparation for life that a school can offer.”

Chinese Name: 深圳南山国际学校
Place Address: International School of Nanshan Shenzhen -11 Longyuan Road, Taoyuan Sub-District, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518055
深圳市南山区桃源街道龙苑路11号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 26661000

Shenzhen Third Annual Craft Beer Festival

-Rae Johnstone 

For a beer festival which is only in its third year, Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival presented by Bionic Brew gave the distinct impression of experience and longevity. 

This year the Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival was held at a new venue – HALO shopping mall and leisure square which is on the border of Futian and Luohu. As you walked into the entrance of the festival you were greeted by friendly volunteers. In exchange for the entrance fee of RMB 80.00 in advance or RMB 100.00 at the door you got a token for one free drink, a beer festival glass to sample your drinks in and keep as a memento, and an exclusive Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival bandana.

Eighteen different craft breweries from all over China, as well as Shenzhen home brewers, gathered in Shenzhen on Friday 10th November and Saturday 11th November, giving residents of and visitors to Shenzhen alike the opportunity to try unique craft beers and ciders. People from all over China, as well as other parts of the world, joined together to create a fantastic atmosphere over a common interest.

Imagine the scene. A pedestrian area usually empty of anything except a few people hurrying through. Tall buildings either side and in the distance; a water sculpture just in front of you. To your left is a row of craft beer stalls, each one welcoming and unique, hailing from not only Shenzhen but also from Guangdong, Dongguan, Wuhan, Kunming, Hong Kong and Beijing. To your right are tables, chairs and benches aplenty for everyone to use whilst enjoying their food and drinks. The aroma of craft beers and ciders mingles with the scent of freshly cooked food and is complimented by the beat of the music from the DJ booth at the end. An eclectic mix of people surrounds you; chatting, laughing, adding to the ambience. The only difficulty is deciding which beer or cider to sample first.

As well as beer, of course, there was also a good selection of food to accompany the drinks. Such delights as pizza bagels, salads, hot dogs, bacon sarnies and a variety of burgers could all be enjoyed for a reasonable price. The only downside was that you had to get there quickly for food as one stall had sold out by 8 PM on the Saturday. Testament to how good the burgers were!

With any great event music plays a key role, and Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival was no exception. Dimitry, one of the DJs at the festival, said that the location was great, the people were amazing and the whole event was perfect. Everyone who was interviewed voiced similar opinions, whether it was their first beer festival or they were an experienced veteran. The music was enjoyed by guests of every age, with young children dancing alongside adults and the festival mascot.

Kendall from Liberty Brewing Co. in Dongguan explained that this was their first time at Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival as a brewery, although they had been before as guests. Liberty is an active part of the brewing community, which Kendall described as fantastic. One of the highlights of coming to an event like this is the opportunity to take home beer from other breweries to serve as guest taps, which make up almost half their 20 draught beers on tap in their brew pub. Kendall said that Joe from Bionic Brew does a fantastic job of organizing the event, and they will definitely be back next year. This year they brought a bus with 54 people from Dongguan; next year they’re hoping even more will join them.

Darragh Hudson, another active member of the brewing community based in Shenzhen, also had a few things to say about the festival. “This is what the craft beer community in Shenzhen is all about – not about competing but about building a community of brewers, customers and suppliers. The festival has a great atmosphere with everyone coming together and enjoying being a part of it. Last year the festival was good, this year it’s amazing; different but in all the right ways. I can’t wait for next year.”

Many visitors also expressed their overwhelmingly delighted opinions of both the festival and the beverages, with one saying there was a ‘cornucopia of beers’ and another saying, “Love it! Especially the berry cider as it came with blueberries!” A range of beers and ciders appeared to be favorites, including Crafthead’s Berry Cider and Ginger Ninja, Devils’ Imperial IPA, Bionic’s range of ales, PEKO’s Fruit Punch cider and Arrow Factory’s Red Rye.

Shenzhen Third Annual Craft Beer Festival was definitely an enjoyable experience and one that exceeded all expectations. Next year’s festival can only be bigger and better. Put the date in your diary now! 

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