Take A Tour Of Italy With Oggi Enoteca

When done well, nothing quite compares to Italian food. It could be Black Squid Ink Risotto at a Michelin-starred restaurant in a luxury five-star hotel in Milan. It may be a plate of Linguine Pasta with Seafood at a tiny family-run restaurant in a small town in Abruzzo tucked away off the street. It might even be at a friend’s apartment in Rome who has prepared a home-cooked classic Mushroom Lasagna with Mozzarella and Parmesan Cheese.

Like a glass of Barolo or a bottle of Ferrari Brut, once you have tried Italian food as it was truly meant to be, it’s hard to go back to the way you knew it before. What a delight it is then, to have found Oggi Enoteca.

SEARED TUNA IN PISTACHIO CRUST WITH SWEET PEPPERS CREAM AND SICILIAN CAPONATA
SEARED TUNA IN PISTACHIO CRUST WITH SWEET PEPPERS CREAM AND SICILIAN CAPONATA

I must admit, I was excited to hear that the Oggi group was opening a new restaurant in Shenzhen. Oggi opened its first branch in Guangzhou in 2005. Over a decade later, the Italian brand has opened another four restaurants in Guangzhou and one other in Shekou. Each branch represents a different aspect of Italian culture and cuisine, but they have all become synonymous with quality in the dining scene of Southern China.

Their restaurants are the places to be seen and the guest list on any given night can be like a who’s who of some of the most famous people in the city. The likes of World Cup winning football coaches Marcelo Lippi and Luiz Felipe Scolari, Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey, and world-renowned pianist Maksim Mrvica are all counted amongst Oggi’s guests.

THE ENTRANCE OF OGGI ENOTECA, LOCATED IN THE HIP NEW UPPERHILLS AREA IN FUTIAN.
THE ENTRANCE OF OGGI ENOTECA, LOCATED IN THE HIP NEW UPPERHILLS AREA IN FUTIAN.

In UpperHills, Oggi has found the perfect place to open their latest restaurant. Boasting some of the most exclusive fashion brands and the world’s first ever Muji hotel, the newly opened complex is fast becoming one of the hippest areas in town.

The layout and furniture are exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Oggi name. From the simple and clean modern seating to the touch of quality you can feel when you take your seat or run your hand across the table top. The lighting is set perfectly to a warm glow. The music is at a volume where it can be enjoyed without it impeding on the conversation. Oh, it’s Andrea Bocelli, in case you were curious.

THE SECOND-FLOOR BALCONY BOASTS A STUNNING WINE SELECTION
THE SECOND-FLOOR BALCONY BOASTS A STUNNING WINE SELECTION

What is most striking about the restaurant is the wine collection located on the second-floor balcony. Accessed by a spiral staircase, those who ascend the steps are rewarded with one of the finest selections of wines this side of Tuscany. For Oggi Enoteca, which Enoteca translates as Wine Shop, wine is at the heart of their concept for the restaurant.

In fact, speak to the staff and they will be on hand to recommend a bottle of wine that pairs perfectly with any of the dishes. Speaking of which…

DILL AND SALMON STUFFED HOMEMADE RAVIOLI, SAUTEED PRAWNS AND BISQUE REDUCTION
DILL AND SALMON STUFFED HOMEMADE RAVIOLI, SAUTEED PRAWNS AND BISQUE REDUCTION

The food menu is like a tour of Italy. Reading through the dishes you get a real sense of the history and the culture of the country. Unsure of which part of the Beautiful Country to visit, we ask the manager, Alessandro  Petrini to be our guide and to select some dishes for us.

There are several famous quotes included in Oggi’s menu. From Irish poets to Italian proverbs, they are full of wit and no small amount of wisdom. One in particular reads, “You don’t age while seated for a meal”.

RADICCHIO RISOTTO WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE FONDUE
RADICCHIO RISOTTO WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE FONDUE

As the chef prepares our dishes, we have fascinating chat with Alessandro. We talk about Italian politics, football, and everything in between. And true to the quote in the menu, by the time our meal arrives, I do not feel I aged one bit. It’s a welcome reminder that a good conversation can be as nourishing as a Calzone Folded Pizza or a Seafood Stew from Tuscany.

Another quote from the menu reads, ‘One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one hasn’t eaten well’. After the meal we were about to enjoy, we would have no problem doing any of the aforementioned.

The starting courses set the bar high. Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Avocado and Quinoa Salad arrive alongside Seared Tuna peppered in Pistachio Crust with Sweet Peppers Cream and Sicilian Caponata. The salad is rich with hearty and fresh ingredients, but it is the tuna dish that really captures the imagination with its mix of European and Middle Eastern flavors.

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES, AVOCADO AND QUINOA SALAD

The starters leave us wanting more, and thankfully, more dishes promptly arrive. A risotto, a dish that is hard to find in China the way it is intended, and a ravioli, a dish I struggle to find in China at all. The Radicchio Risotto is a piece of art in balancing the bitter Italian chicory and the bite of the gorgonzola. While the black colored ravioli catches the eye, it is the inspired filling of poached salmon and mascarpone cheese that stays with you long after your last bite.

 There is still more to come, however, as the Pan-Fried Sea Bass Fillet and the Roasted Rack Of Lamb appears. The Sea Bass comes with roasted potatoes and a sauce of made from capers, olives, and oregano. The pan-fried fish is locally caught, but tasting it you would be forgiven to feel you were in a restaurant on the Amalfi Coast. The Rack Of Lamb is served with a puffy potato sufflè and a Montepulciano red wine reduction. Farmed in New Zealand, it is truly a superior cut of meat.

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, POTATO FLAN WITH GLAZED BABY CARROTS AND MONTEPULCIANO WINE SAUCE
ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, POTATO FLAN WITH GLAZED BABY CARROTS AND MONTEPULCIANO WINE SAUCE

All good things must come to an end. Unfortunately, that includes a meal at Oggi Enoteca. Yet it’s no time to despair because before we leave there is still the desserts to sample. The selection proves to be inspired as the rest of the courses. The Fresh Strawberry Tiramisu is recommended for two, but you would be forgiven if you wanted to order one of these all for yourself. The Hot Chocolate Cake is served with Vanilla Ice Cream, providing the kind of contrast that all fine desserts have.

After I take my last spoonful of tiramisu, I am left with an unfamiliar feeling. My heart and stomach could not be more content, but as I cast a glance at the menu on the table, I see so many more dishes I still wish to try. And as I leave, I’m already planning my next visit.

PAN-FRIED SEA BASS FILLET WITH ROASTED POTATOES, CAPERS AND CHERRY-TOMATO SAUCE
PAN-FRIED SEA BASS FILLET WITH ROASTED POTATOES, CAPERS AND CHERRY-TOMATO SAUCE

Oggi Enoteca truly is a tour of Italy and its rich and beautiful cuisine. One evening you come and through the Radicchio Risotto take a trip through Northern Italy. Come for lunch and explore Sicily by sampling the Seared Tuna with Pistachio Crust or the Melanzane alla Parmigiana.

So, what are you waiting for? Begin your tour of Italy today with Oggi Enoteca.

Address: S205, 2nd Floor, UpperHills, No.5001 Huanggang Road, Futian District, Shenzhen (深圳市福田区黄岗路5001号深业上城二层S205)

Tel: +86 (755) 88662289

Website: www.oggirestaurant.co/index.html

At Oggi Enoteca, they believe each dish has a wine that it is meant to be paired with. Chef Giuseppe Di Silvestro shared with us his recommendations…

  • INSALATA DI PATATE DOLCI, AVOCADO E QUINOA

ROASTED SWEET POTATOES, AVOCADO AND QUINOA SALAD

A new concept of salad following the latest healthy trends using wholesome ingredients like quinoa and avocado.

PAIRED WITH:

CENTINE BIANCO “Banfi” IGT – TOSCANA (ITALY)

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio

  • TONNO SCOTTATO IN SALSA DI PISTACCHI, CREMA DI PEPERONI DOLCI E CAPONATA SICILIANA

SEARED TUNA IN PISTACHIO CRUST WITH SWEET PEPPERS CREAM AND SICILIAN CAPONATA

That definitely a plate inspired by Sicilian tradition with middle-east influences. The sweet and sour of eggplants reminds to the Arabic domination of Sicily.

PAIRED WITH:

CUVEE ROSÉ “Santa Margherita” IGT – (ITALY)

Grape variety: Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon

  • RISOTTO AL RADICCHIO CON FONDUTA DI GORGONZOLA

RADICCHIO RISOTTO WITH GORGONZOLA CHEESE FONDUE

Typical risotto from north of Italy (Veneto), which balances brilliantly the bitterness of radicchio and the spiciness of Gorgonzola cheese.

PAIRED WITH:

CHIANTI “Barone Ricasoli” DOCG – TOSCANA (ITALY)

Grape variety: Sangiovese

  • RAVIOLI SALMONE E ANETO, GAMBERI SALTATI E BISQUE RIDOTTA

DILL AND SALMON STUFFED HOMEMADE RAVIOLI, SAUTEED PRAWNS AND BISQUE REDUCTION

Strikingly looking black handmade ravioli with squid ink, poached salmon, and mascarpone cheese filling with a reduction of prawns bisque and cherry tomatoes.

PAIRED WITH:

SAUVIGNON BLANC PRAIL “Colterenzio” DOC – SUBTIROL (ITALY)

Grape variety: Sauvignon Blanc

  • BRANZINO ALLA GRIGLIA CON PATATE ARROSTO

PAN-FRIED SEA BASS FILLET WITH ROASTED POTATOES, CAPERS AND CHERRY-TOMATO SAUCE

Pan-fried local caught sea-bass with crispy potatoes and Mediterranean tomato sauce with capers, olives, and oregano.

PAIRED WITH

PINOT GRIGIO “Santa Margherita” DOC – VENETO (ITALY)

Grape variety: Pinot Grigio

  • COSTOLETTE DI AGNELLO, FLAN DI PATATE CON CAROTE NOVELLE GLASSATE E SALSA AL MONTEPULCIANO

ROASTED RACK OF LAMB, POTATO FLAN WITH GLAZED BABY CARROTS AND MONTEPULCIANO WINE SAUCE

New-Zealand farmed rack of lamb with a puffy potato sufflè and Montepulciano red wine reduction.

PAIRED WITH:

PROMIS CA’MARCANDA “Gaja” IGT – TOSCANA (ITALY)

Grape variety: Merlot/Shiraz

Mooncake Launch Party At Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai


Mid-Autumn Festival is a traditional festival full of love and reunion. With it is drawing near this year, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai held the mooncake launch party on 16 July.

Nearly on hundred invited VIP clients as well as local media attended this party. The shadow play, guzheng performance, lantern riddles guessing, lucky draw, and mooncake making activities delivered a unique and pleasant mid-autumn experience to all the customers.


There are 4 types of mooncake boxes been launched this year, including Deluxe Box 4 Pcs (Paper Box and Tin Box), Superior Box 6 Pcs, Luxury Box 8 Pcs, and Supreme Box 12 Pcs.The simple and exquisite design of the mooncake box shows elegance and brightness. With its blue and pick as the background of the box, a laurel tree with fruitful fruits looks like to guide the rabbit to come back its home way across the barrier. Grass tulips look like the fairies and singing in the ears joyfully. Hilton is launching the new box to bring the heartfelt mid-autumn wishing to you and your families and friends.


Early bird offer for mooncake purchasing: 50% discount off before 11 Aug 2018.


Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai


Ideally located in the core area of Shenzhen’s western coastal city belt, the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai hotel faces Shenzhen Bay on the west, takes only 5 minutes to reach Shekou Ferry Terminal metro station and 15 minutes’ drive to Shekou Cruise Centre, offering easy access to Hong Kong International Airport in 30 minutes. Guest can also easily reach Hong Kong Central, Macau and Zhuhai via one hour ferry transfers. Locates in an established, expatriate-friendly international community near many shopping and leisure options, guests could go to V&A museum, historical attractions for leisure and relaxation. Kitchencraft, located on the 1F of Nanhai Wing, has been awarded by That’s “Ambiance Restaurant of the Year 2017”.


深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店举办中秋游园活动


随着一年一度的中秋佳节的临近,深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店于2018年7月16日举行了格调雅致、充满趣味的中秋游园活动,来自VIP客户、本地媒体及酒店常客等近百人参与活动。现场的皮影戏表演、古筝演奏、猜灯谜、幸运抽奖以及制作月饼等一系列节目,让到场嘉宾体验了一场与众不同的中秋游园活动,度过了一段愉快的时光。

今年酒店为客户呈现了共计5款款式别致、设计精美的中秋月饼礼盒,分别是花朝月夕4粒装(纸盒及铁听装)、春花秋实6粒装、花好月圆8粒装以及月满乾坤12粒装。

简约精巧、优雅灵动的包装设计,以千禧粉与水墨蓝为背景称出硕果累累的月桂树,仿若一层屏障为林间归心似箭的月兔指引着回家的路,青草郁金香也如同精灵般在耳朵欢悦的唱响着:“水调歌头”。人月两团圆之际,希尔顿隆重推出的这款全新视觉味觉双体验的月饼,带给您温馨感受,愿这款精致的月饼,让您与家人好友一起共享。

2018年8月11日前,购买希尔顿月饼礼盒悦享5折限时优惠!


关于深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店


深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店坐落于深圳西侧沿海城市带的主要区域,远离都市喧嚣,闹中取静。酒店地理位置优越,从酒店客房即可欣赏深圳湾醉人的美景。交通便利,四通八达;距离蛇口港地铁站只需5分钟的路程,距离蛇口邮轮中心仅15分钟路程。从蛇口邮轮中心前往香港国际机场只需30分钟。宾客还可以通过一小时的轮渡抵达香港中环、澳门国际机场或珠海机场,便利前往海外旅游。深圳西部最具活力的、集商业、餐饮及娱乐于一体的海上世界距离酒店也仅是举步之遥。厨艺餐厅位于南海翼一层,荣膺2017年That’s颁发的年度餐厅氛围大奖!


Place Name: Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai
Place Address: 1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区望海路1177号
Website:  Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai’s Website
Place Phone: 0755 2162 8888
Email: shenzhenshekou.info@hilton.com


 

Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen Holds Moon Cake Tasting Event 2018

Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen recently held its moon cake-tasting event, inspiring guests with the hotel’s array of moon cake boxes and flavours.

There are 10 moon cake packages and three hampers presented by Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen this year.  Guests can still enjoy the very popular bright-coloured classy silk embroidery outer-box packaging, which presents an exquisite picture of vivid flowers and birds, koi and a butterfly figure. Apart from that, a leather case showcasing a vibe of grandness and decent will charm guests.

Traditional flavours like White Lotus Bean Paste and Egg Yolk and Mixed Nut Paste are still offered. The hotel also features a selection of creative new filling flavours like Milk with Egg Yolk Moon Cake, Crispy Longjing Tea Paste, and Mango and Egg Yolk Paste in Momoyama Skin. Classic and new flavours have been combined to offer a perfection of healthy delicacies.  This year’s Snow Skin Durian Moon Cake will not disappoint with the quality ingredients in the authentic Musang King Durian Paste. Each bite will be an addictive blend of smooth, sweet and generous filling.

Guests may enjoy a 30 per cent early-bird discount on the moon cake packages before 31 August 2018.  Free delivery within Shenzhen is offered for a minimum order worth RMB6, 000. For reservations and enquiries, guests may call (86 755) 8396 1366 or (86 755) 8396 1383.

All You Can Eat Steak Eating Competition At Wyndham Grand

There I am. Staring at one of the biggest Tomahawk steaks I’ve ever seen. I hold my knife and fork in my hands as all those around me go as fast as they can to finish so they are served another steak. Upon the wall, the timer continues to countdown. I was going to have to go faster if I wanted to win the Steak Tomahawk Competition.

This wasn’t what I had expected when I was invited for dinner at the Grand Kitchen at the international 5-star Wyndham Grand. Then again, it’s not every day that they hold a Tomahawk Steak Eating Competition.

The Tomahawk Steak Competition was launched by Wyndham Grand last year. The concept was simple. Every evening, diners would be invited to join a steak eating competition. They would have thirty minutes to eat as much steak as possible. Those who ate the most would be able to enjoy their meal that evening free of charge.

After the promotion proved to be very popular with diners, it was brought back once more. Returning for its second year, the promotion is overseen by Executive Chef Teddy Li, who boasts more than 10 years experience in Western cuisine for hotels such as Marriott and Intercontinental. The competition is back and bigger and better than before. With even higher quality cuts of beef and more contestants competing, you won’t find many restaurants in Shenzhen doing anything like this.

The Grand Kitchen is what you come to expect from a restaurant from an international brand five-star hotel. It’s a stylish setting with an ambient atmosphere. On one end of the restaurant is where the stage has been set for the Tomahawk Steak Competition, and it’s where I am lead to join the others after agreeing to take part in the event.

It seems improper, a crime almost, to eat beef of this quality without stopping to appreciate it, but my competitive streak soon kicks in as I see the man sat next to me near the end of his first plate and that the petite girl across the table is even beating me.

Despite a spirited late effort, I’m unable to make up the gap between myself and the leaders. Even as the champions celebrate winning and being able to enjoy the rest of their meal for free, I still feel like something of a winner myself. By holding back in the steak eating competition, I can fully appreciate the buffet dinner I am about to enjoy.

Walking around the buffet, the eye is immediately drawn to the selection of seafood on display. A large area of the restaurant is dedicated to the cuisine, which includes New Zealand Oysters, Snow Crab Legs, Sea Yellow Snails, Monkey Shrimps, Tiger Crabs, amongst the other shellfish classics. There is also a sushi station, where the chef is on hand to prepare fresh cuts of salmon, tuna, and sea bream. Be sure to take a glance over the creatively crafted sushi items too.

That being said, there is still plenty else on offer for those who wish to enjoy something other than seafood.

Grand Kitchen offers diners a Teppanyaki grill, where a dedicated chef is available to prepare whatever you wish. Choose from a range that includes Roasted Oysters with Garlic, Bai Cang Fish, and Mutton String. The standout dish, however, is the New Zealand Lamb Chops. A must try for any lamb lovers.

There are also a number of complimentary dishes available including perfectly roasted potatoes with onion, buttery broccoli and cauliflower, and a choice of red wine and black pepper sauce to top it all off. Every night there is different specialty available at the pasta station and that evening, diners are treated to a faithful recreation of the classic Spaghetti Bolognese.

Grand Kitchen also pays respect to local dishes too and every evening you can find several of your favorite Chinese dishes. On any given night you can find Chongqing-style Fish Stew with Chili, Sichuan-style Beef Stew, Braised Pork Knuckle with Soy Sauce, and even Fried Squid with XO Sauce.

It’s a testament to the desserts that despite a steak eating competition and a full buffet, I still can’t wait to try the cakes and sweets when the time arrives.

The eye-catching desserts have been crafted into creative shapes and are full of vibrant colors. In particular, the mousses stood out with the blueberry mouse presented like a white popsicle on a stick or the heart-shaped raspberry mouse. In a city full of hotel buffets and dessert tables, this is one that stands out more than others. The taste does not disappoint either.

Oh, and if by some minor miracle you still have space for more, then grab a bowl or cone and head over to the Movenpick ice cream stand.

So, if you think you have what it takes to win the Tomahawk Steak Competition then head on down to the Grand Kitchen at the Wyndham Grand. If you win, then you can enjoy the rest of your meal free of charge. If you don’t, allow yourself the consolation of being able to enjoy one of the top hotel restaurant dining experiences around. It sounds like a win-win situation to me.

The Tomahawk Steak Competition takes place during the buffet dinner. The winning competitors can enjoy their meal free of charge. Dinner is served between 18:00 and 21:30. The promotion runs from the July 15th to the August 15th.

From Monday to Thursday, the buffet is RMB268, and RMB318 between Friday and Sunday. All diners are also welcome to enjoy one complimentary glass of wine. Prices are subject to 10% service charge and 6% VAT.

 Address: 3rd Floor, Wyndham Grand Hotel, 2009 Caitian Road, Futian, Shenzhen (深圳温德姆至尊酒店三层,中国广东省深圳市福田区彩田路2009 )

Tel: +86 755 8299 8888 (EXT 8560)

 

Meet The GM Bringing International Hospitality to New Parts of Shenzhen

When you think of the international and modern hotels in Shenzhen, you probably picture those by the water in Shekou, in the bustling center of Futian, or perhaps near the border in Luohu. Yet the recently opened Courtyard Marriott I am visiting today is in none of those places. It is in the Songgang area in north Bao’an.

Although you would be forgiven for thinking otherwise as you enter the hotel lobby. The design of the lobby is modern and chic, from the subtle and sparse application of color to the clever and minimalist use of space. All the staff greet you with a smile and welcome you confidently in English.

I must admit I am both impressed and somewhat surprised to find such a high level of hospitality in this area of the city. When I meet and speak with Ms. Nicole Hong, the hotel’s General Manager, it’s clear to see why.

We are sat in The Lounge, an area next to the hotel lobby that is perfect for afternoon meetings as much as it is for a couple of whiskeys to help unwind after a day of work.

Ms. Hong is not your typical GM. Some might picture a man in his late fifties when they imagine a general manager of a hotel, but Ms. Hong breaks that stereotype. She is the very definition of a modern manager; young and fashionablewhile also able to switch between English and Chinese with confidence and ease.

“In the past, the area of Songgang primarily consisted of factories. It was an area that was defined by its manufacturing. While the local manufacturing industry was very successful, the rest of the area was slow to develop in other ways.”

“Until now, there was no international hotel in this area. Of course, there are other hotels, but the style is quite different. The design is quite decadent. The cuisine is rather limited. There isn’t such a strong focus on hospitality.”

In recent years, however, the landscape of this area has begun to change. Where before there were only factories, now new projects are emerging. As Ms. Hong speaks, it’s evident she has a strong grasp on the subject.

“There is a trend developing in the west of Shenzhen. Line 11 has seen the subway line extend much further north than ever seen before. Close by, in Fuyong they will open the world’s largest exhibition center in September 2019.”

“In this area alone you can see the change all around you. Across the street is Phase 1. The shopping mall was opened in 2016 and it attracts many local residents for shopping and dining. This hotel is under Phase 2. Nearby, Phase 3 is already under construction, which will provide a significant number of new luxury apartments.”

As the area evolves, so to must the hotels in the area. Where before local business hotels would suffice, now there is a demand for modern international hotels. With the opening of the Courtyard Hotel in Songgang, the area has its first international hotel. Ms. Hong is keen to stress what separates the Courtyard Marriott from other local hotels.

“As you can see, the design of the hotel is modern, chic, but also simple. It’s not only in design that we distinguish ourselves. We are also completely different from other local hotels when it comes to service. Here, we place a special emphasis on the customers’ requirements and satisfaction.”

It’s something that you can see as you begin to explore the hotel. It’s clear to see that Ms. Hong understands the importance of getting the details right to create an overall superior experience.

“We have the Pavilion restaurant where we serve both Western and Chinese cuisine. In the morning, an international breakfast buffet is offered. At lunch, we offer Chinese Dim Sum. In the evening, we have a Western buffet.  Before we opened, there was no real Western restaurant in this area.”

“At the moment, we are in The Lounge. We offer Afternoon Tea during the day and in the night we have a Western band performing live each night of the week.”

It’s clear that the Courtyard Marriott offers a hospitality experience that until now was simply unavailable in this area. Its opening is to the benefit to both business travelers and local residents.

“There are a lot of foreigners visiting that are working with local factories. Before we open, they would have to stay in a hotel all the way in downtown and travel in and out every day. Now they can stay here and have the same standard of hospitality without the long journey twice every day.”

“It’s also important to work with the local community. Of course, we built a good relationship with the government and other local business, but we also want to communicate with the local residents and see what we can do with them.”

“The Dim Sum at The Pavilion helps to attract a lot of locals. There is also the kids’ club next to the restaurant. Most of our diners are locals and so they also bring their families. So we have that space for the kids to play while the parents enjoy their meal.”

This approach of building a strong relationship with the local community is one that Ms. Hong is familiar with and Shenzhen represents just the latest step in a career that has seen her work in hotels across all of China.

“I started to work with Marriott in 2007 at the JW Chongqing. After that, I moved to Beijing and Chengdu. All the big cities. Before I came here I was Director of Operations in aCourtyard hotel in an area nearby Hangzhou.”

“In some ways, it was similar to here. It was not a big city and business was conducted more between local people and through talking with each other. So, we focused on getting to know the local community and we worked together to build a relationship and share our resources.”

Ms. Hong has a lot of experience in the industry and a deep understanding of the industry trends within China. She sees Shenzhen as somewhere where the hospitality industry will continue to grow.

“Right now, the market demand in Shenzhen is good. We are seeing the overall GDP increase. In fact, the entire market is increasing. There is a lot of room for growth for international brands in Shenzhen.”

“It’s something that is happening not only in Shenzhen but all over China. Actually, this year Marriott will open almost 50 hotels. 80% of those will be in South China. Before, Marriott only went into the first tier cities, but in recent years we are even coming into third-tier cities.”

Ms. Hong views the rapid expansion as an opportunity for new leaders to emerge bringing with them a fresh approach and an openness to new ideas.

“In Marriott, we have so many young general managers. When I first joined the group, all the directors were over 50. With the rapid growth in China, there have been more opportunities. Now you can see many directors are between 30 and 40.”

Ms. Hong falls into this category of young and forward-thinking leaders. With her at the helm, Courtyard Marriott is sure to establish itself as the premier hotel in Songgang as the area develops into a new hub of Shenzhen.

Hotel Name: 深圳联投东方万怡酒店 Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an
Place Address: No. 46, Dongfang Road, Songgang, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 518034, P.R.C 广东省深圳市宝安区松岗东方大道46号
Place Phone: + 86 755 2986 9888   Fax: + 86 755 2986 3888

Neat HK: A Solution for the Hong Kong Banking Nightmare?

Looking for a Hong Kong online business bank account that you can connect your Paypal and Stripe / Braintree merchant account to? Wouldn’t that be amazing, without the utter nightmare Hong Kong business owners are going through now begging these archaic banks to allow them to deposit their money.

Here at Global From Asia – we know the pain our entrepreneur and hard-working global business owners have been going through. As digital nomads and e-commerce sellers and FBA business owners, we feel the pain ourselves. This is why our clients for our corporate services enjoy working with us – we understand you.

And we know the biggest pain point for almost 2 years now has been – such a basic need – a business bank account solution in Hong Kong.

One with credit cards – for you and your staff. One that can link to your Paypal and Stripe.

We’ve been testing so many and talking to so many – and today we’re talking about one we’ve been following for years.

Neat.HK Business Banking for Online Business Owners

So I am focusing today on their business banking product – Neat Business Account. I know exactly what you guys are looking for – and here is a list of their features:

* Unique Account / IBAN number – you will have your own dedicated account number with Standard Chartered. This isn’t like some other solutions where you have a sub-account and need to put in your TT (telegraphic transfer) banking notes your sub-account number. This is a dedicated account number ONLY FOR YOU And your business. I’m not sure the technical way they got this – but this is the amazing part – that allows you to do the following

* Connect /Verify your Paypal Hong Kong – we have a Paypal Hong Kong guide that gets a lot of attention on how to verify your Paypal. You need a “unique” or dedicated IBAN number. This Neat Hong Kong business solution give you that – unlike other online / virtual banking solutions I have come across.

* Connect / Verify your Stripe HK or Braintree merchant account – similar to Paypal, you need a unique bank account in your company name in order to get Stripe and any other merchant account setup. Don’t worry – this will work here too. We have a full list of merchant account comparison here that is popular as well.

* Issue Company credit cards – You can order credit cards! Yes – finally – you can see a company credit card in your company name here in HK without having to sign your life away and deposit your life savings! Seriously, readers know it is hard to get a Hong Kong credit card.

* Deposit paper checks – many ask how to deposit checks (yes, Hong Kong does still use quite a bit of paper checks). This works too. You need to go to Standard Chartered Bank – in person – and deposit. Can’t do it at the ATM.

* English, Online Banking – and of course, it has online banking. Well, that is actually something we need to write as a bullet point, as some banks we are forced to work with in our partner corporate services agency, don’t have online banking. Or it takes forever to get issued. And the banking is in English.

I think this has huge potential, and I may finally be able to rest well at night when we get new clients for a Hong Kong company (read our Hong Kong registration guide here) setup and – yes – their request to get a local HK bank.

Big Plus – Don’t Need To Come To Hong Kong To Apply

Here is the big – big one – that I know our readers at Global From Asia will love – you can apply and get approved online. So now, once we get this moving smoother – we can help clients open a HK company and HK bank account without needing to fly here.

Can you say…

Game changer!?!

Wow, Hong Kong may be back open for business. It’s been a rocky road since March 2016 but we may be out of the ice age and entering normal business climate.

How I Came Across Neat

I met David Rosa, the founder of Neat.hk a couple years ago when they were in their early stages. He visited me in my TST office and we chatted about the struggles of banking in Hong Kong and Asia in general. I had been doing my podcast already for a couple years then and was helping clients open up companies and banking. I explained the utter nightmare it was to beg a bank like HSBC to please let us deposit money with them.

At that time Neat was focused on the consumer banking side (individual accounts) but he said once that was going he’d work on their business banking solution and let me know.

I also have gotten to know others on his team, and he had been merging with other local Hong Kong fintech startups I had been following.

It’s true – Global From Asia is a great blog and media source for Fintech in Hong Kong and Asia. So I am always getting startups trying to solve this nightmare banking issue find me and send me their new products and solutions.

It is my biggest pleasure to be able to blog about this and give everyone hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel and I really hope this disrupts these archaic banks who destroy small business owners livelihood.

Let’s give power back to the SME and let’s leverage online banking – who needs to visit a corporate banking branch anyway?

Can You Trust This New Fintech Startup?

As I have been telling clients about this new banking solution – some are still a bit nervous. A startup holding your funds is a big ask, not as simple as a social media app where you share what you ate for dinner.

True, I always have to disclose you need to use any financial solution at your own risk. But they are recognized in Hong Kong as an accredited Fintech company and work inside Cyberport. I should get him on the podcast as well.

Ready to go and get this new Hong Kong Business Banking solution? How To Signup?

So I probably have you on the edge of your seat (I hope!) and I have you excited to apply.

If you are starving and about to die of starvation as you have a HK company already and just need a freaking bank account – you can browse over to Neat Business Account and get on their waiting list. I do have a special code that can help you get expedited but am not allowing to link it publicly so if you’re a client of our corporate services division (Unipro) then talk to our client services department to get that going.

Don’t have a HK company yet and now feel more confident you can get a HK company and bank account together – then let’s work together. Check out our HKVIP package and let’s do some business together.

This may have just re-opened the doors to doing business in Hong Kong for online business owners. That plus the corporate tax rate has been dropped to 8.25% (from 16.5%) for SMEs with less than 2 million HKD in revenue. Ice age in HK may be past us, let’s hope and we will keep you updated as this progresses.

Ears On The Ground

Here are some messages we have been hearing on the web that we believe is helpful

have you succeeded with HSBC ? [Surprise] A lot of variables will come into play, especially fiscal residency and company’s “establishment” location. Generally speaking, will be harder for countries like me France to apply in today’s banking conditions. Anyways, NEAT business is good although they are launching and still developping. However pay attention -> they have merchant limits as they are NOT a bank, they can only hold funds under a 2million HKD limit. This means, if you generate large amounts of revenue, you won’t be able to store all of your funds with NEAT, you will need like a traditional bank account for savings for example. I currently work it out this way : 1/ I use sendwyre to do as much as I can with supplier payments and other online payments then send the remaining to NEAT 2/ I use NEAT for other purposes like the mastercard to purchase stuff online, also will do HK based transactions or other operational stuff I may need on a week to week basis. 3/ I have a traditional bank account I was able to open after almost a year of issues and 3 banks denied. This one is not being used right now and I unfortunately pay fees to keep it opened. However the aim is to keep this bank account in order to have a back up plan in case NEAT goes bad + it allows me to grow my business where when I will cross the 2million HKD in balance on NEAT, I start sending over to my bank. Remember -> you may have sometimes over 2million HKD for just couple weeks , in that case NEAT won’t accept your funds. So long term wise, you need a traditional bank too and play around those limits.mobile online forum

Input from Neat, March 2018

Here’s an update from Andre in our GFA Community Wechat group who has this update on the Neat bank situation for HK:

“Ok guys so answers from neat: still no multi currency accounts, cannot currently deposit cash, to withdraw cash standard neat charge of 2.5% is charged, the main partner bank is standard chartered. So currently it’s best just for users purely doing online business.”Andre

Can I wire in USD or other foreign currencies?

Yes, you can wire incoming currencies no problem.

Can we transfer money to EU banks?

For wiring out, you can only send money within HK. But you can use a cross border payment company such as Aurelia Pay.

Check our blog on cross border payment companies.

What’s the account limits?

2,000,000 HKD (a bit over $250,000 US dollar) as of March 2018.

A question from a Client

“I have a question, we set up the neat account and everything went smoothly and the account is open and active now.however, it shows the account only accepts incoming wire.

Is there anyway you can help us with that? I tried looking for information on how to contact the bank directly but they only have a q & a with 15 questions.

the main reason we wanted an account was to pay our supplier in China to expedite the process of importing our product to USA. Can you please give me some information and also if you can let me know how we can open account with a better bank.”

We suggest using a cross-border payment service provider in the middle.

Information You’ll Need to Apply

Here is a copy/paste of their latest application form

This form collects information about your company so that we can complete the application without the need to travel and visit our office.

We will gather information about:

  • Your company
  • Directors
  • Shareholders
  • Ultimate Beneficial Owners (natural persons who ultimately own or control the company)

In order to complete the application you will need the following documents:

  • Valid Business Registration Certificate – example – (or equivalent for companies not incorporated in Hong Kong)” – example
  • Photo ID of Directors and Ultimate Beneficial Owners

Neat HK will also help you to generate a Board Resolution that authorise you or one of the directors to open an account with us on behalf of your company.  The form is pre-filled and requires just a signature.

NOTE: Please be as accurate as possible – this will speed up the review process and increase the chances of your application being successful.

P.S. You can save your application work at any time and come back to it later on. Just click on the “Save” button and input your email.


Input from Neat, March 2018

Here’s an update from Andre in our GFA Community Wechat group who has this update on the Neat bank situation for HK:

Ok guys so answers from neat: still no multi currency accounts, cannot currently deposit cash, to withdraw cash standard neat charge of 2.5% is charged, the main partner bank is standard chartered. So currently it’s best just for users purely doing online business.Andre

What is Neat HK?

Neat is a mobile current account that makes everything accessible and at ease. It only takes 10 minutes of your time to have a Neat account. You do not have to worry with your local and international purchase, with over 50 currencies available with Neat, they got you covered!

With Neat, you can manage your money anywhere, receive salary and make payments, and send money to your friends.

There is also an available Neat Card for free. It is a prepaid MasterCard issued by ePaylinks. Browse the following incurring fee before you avail a Neat card.

What are the fees needed to acquire Neat HK?

There are no reflected monthly or annual fees and for acquiring a Neat Prepaid Mastercard. However, a lost or stolen card of Neat HK will cost HK $50 for a card replacement.

Each ATM withdrawal with a minimum fee of HK $25 will have an incurring fee of $25. Transaction refund is for HK$4. Those merchants in Hong Kong who are under an international brand is included with 1.5% fee in HKD Transaction Foreign Merchant. When you inquire for your balance on an ATM, there is a fee of HK $4.

Also, a consecutive six months of inactivity will be charged HK$12.5 a month. Unless, the balance is zero.

How to get the Neat HK application?

Neat application is available for both iOS and Android devices. You can just download the app at their respective app stores.

How to get a Neat HK Card?

To have a Neat HK Card, complete the registration process on the Neat Application. The only requirement you need is a passport or a Hong Kong Identity Card.

Is there a Business Account offered by Neat HK?

Yes, there is a current business account offered. There are number of benefits for your business when you use Neat HK for your business!

  • An increase in productivity will be achieved with Neat Business HK. They offer you tools that can help you operate your business efficiently. The dashboard can give you the insight and control of the progress of your business finances.
  • Just like the personal subscription, business account is a quick setup. You have the access of your bank account anywhere and anytime.
  • The offered business account is timely. There are integrated features that automatically organize admin tasks. This feature will help you focus more on your business.
  • You will be assigned with a dedicated Hong Kong bank account number. Neat supports many e-commerce platforms. This allows you to receive payments and manage disbursements.
  • More so, business accounts offers a feature that can easily pay invoices and employees.
  • There is an expense card available to enable your employees make purchase online and offline, and withdraw cash at ATMs.
  • Now, lost receipts are not a problem anymore. Its feature has an ability to add pictures of receipt.

This business account is still developing. There are two features to be added on its update: powerful reporting and automated accounting.

How to apply for Business Account?

Neat Business Application

You have to fill out the Neat Business Application, information about your company are collected. The catch is, you do not have to travel to Hong Kong to apply for a business account. Filling out this application will only take you 10 to 15 minutes. If you have some things to do, you can save the application any time and finish it later.

Informations regarding the company, the ultimate beneficial owners, shareholders, and directors. The said ultimate beneficial owners are those who naturally owns or controls the company.

The following documents are needed to complete the business application:

  • Valid Business Registration Certificate (see example)
  • Passport of Directors and Ultimate Beneficial Owners

Neat also helps you produce a Board Resolution that will authorize you or one of the company directors to open a business account in behalf of the company. The form will be pre-filled and it will only require a signature.

Before you plan to fill up a business account application with Neat HK, please check whether your company meets the compliance requirements.

List of Restricted Nationalities

  • Afghanistan
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Central African Republic
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Eritrea
  • Guyana
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Laos)
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Uganda
  • Vanuatu
  • Yemen

List of Restricted Industries

  • Adult related
  • Antique Dealers
  • Arms Dealers
  • Auctioneers
  • Cryptocurrency Dealers
  • Defence System
  • Foreign Exchange Dealers
  • Gambling and Casino
  • Jewel, Gems, and Precious Metals Dealers
  • Nuclear Power
  • Pawn Shops
  • Plane Dealers
  • Products and Services Illegal under Hong Kong Law
  • Pyramid Selling Schemes
  • Stock Securities Companies

If you think you meet the compliance requirements, start filling out the application.

What are the features of Neat Business?

Neat Business is yet only dedicated to Hong Kong dollars current account and a local bank account number. However, the company plans to offer a multi-currency account wherein it will support a multi-currency account.

Payments made from anywhere around the world will be received to the business account. Any outgoing payments from local third-party banks in Hong Kong are also supported. However, the outgoing payments to international banks is still about to be offered.

It is also planned that Neat HK and Xero Cloud accounting should be integrated. This is to enhance online banking through seamless accounting and account reconciliation.

Why choose Neat?

Neat is a highly secured mobile currency account that you can fully trust, either you will use it for your business or for your personal use.

You can manage, operate, and send your money anywhere in the world.

Neat may be developed at Hong Kong, but you do not have to go to their office to acquire an account and a card. More so, there are no requirements needed for personal use. Receive payments and send money to your friends

Neat HK is a revolutionized and patented account opening process. .

Get your mobile app at the Apple Store or Google Play!

Kaiyan Medical Shines A Light For Innovation In Shenzhen

When it comes to tech innovation in China, Shenzhen is arguably at the center of what is happening in the country. From giants like Tencent in Nanshan and Huawei in Longgang to names like DJI and Baidu, some of China’s leading companies can be found in our city.

Yet, the innovation doesn’t stop there. All around Shenzhen you can find companies making great leaps in product development and leading the way in their markets.

Kaiyan Medical CEO Alain Dijkstra

One such company is Kaiyan Medical. Led by CEO Alain Dijkstra, the company specializes in contract manufacturing of light therapy products such as LED facial masks, teeth whitening, and hair re-growth products. By offering their clients a one-stop solution, they have positioned themselves strongly in a market that is expanding rapidly.

Although they have already been operating for 13 years, when you meet the staff, you get the impression that Kaiyan is a much younger company. The staff talks passionately about their work and their eyes light up when they speak about the plans for the future. Kaiyan may already be 13 years old, but there is a palpable sense that the best is yet to come.

Kaiyan is far from what you might picture when you imagine a manufacturing company in China. Although located in the industrial area of Bao’an, the office atmosphere more closely resembles that of a tech company or a startup.

Kaiyan’s transparent and green office space encourages an open working culture

The office space is wide open with only transparent glass separating the CEO from any other staff member. The hallways are lined with lush green plants and the meeting rooms are decorated with flowers. The staff are smiling and seem relaxed. Locals and foreigners work side by side and a mixture of Chinese and English can be heard spoken. To help everyone unwind there is a pool table and a PlayStation with VR. Strolling through the office are two friendly poodles, which belong to the CEO and have become like the office pets.

The company has come a long way in 13 years. Founded by Alain Dijkstra and his wife Letje Yuan, together they have helped build this company to where it is today. They both reflect fondly on the memories they have.

“I came to China at the age of 13,” explains Alain as he starts to tell his story, “Somehow, I started selling computer mouse using my allowance. At the age of 14, I was selling my first containers from China. At that time, there was no Alibaba so it was very easy to flip containers and make a margin of 100 or 200%. My first deal was selling a computer mouse. I bought it for $2 and sold it for $20, at a quantity of 500.”

It wasn’t until Alain met Letje that he began the business that would later become Kaiyan. For Letje too, it was a brave move to make.

“At that time, I had just finished studying opera singing at university in Sichuan. I met Alain and together we said, “Okay, let’s try to do this business together”. It was not my profession. I had to study a lot to learn more about business. But at that time, there were no teeth whitening products available and I saw this product had a future.”

Kaiyan now employees over 200 people, but back in those early days, it was a much smaller operation. “I was the first teeth whitening manufacturer in China. But in fact, it was just me myself making it and trying to sell one,” said Alain with a smile. It was not long before the team began to grow.

The Kaiyan team together at an exhibition

“In the very beginning, we only had four people in a small office in Huaqiang Bay. Alain was focused on doing the sales while I worked on purchasing, production, shipping, accounting, exhibiting, design, everything,” added Letje.

Letje still remembers that first order and from there they have not looked back. “It took us one year to get our first customer. They gave us a big order so were able to move to a larger building. It was around 400 square meters and we had 7 people. Another year later, we moved again to Bao’an where we had 30 people.”

They remained at that factory for 4 years before switching to the current location. It was during this time that Kaiyan switched their focus from teeth whitening products to light therapy products. At which point, the company started to grow even faster.

“We have been here for 5 years. In the beginning, we had 70 people and now we have more than 200,” reflects Letje.

Today, Kaiyan is a modern company with an innovative work environment. It’s a work culture that has seen Kaiyan win recognition and awards from companies such as Alibaba.

Models showcasing one of the many products Kaiyan produces

“We entered an annual competition held by Alibaba to find innovative companies. We have a factory that is 200 people, but we have almost no salespeople. We always get asked how is it possible to have no salespeople, but have such a big factory. Normally, it’s the other way round. Our approach is to somehow turn our customers into our salespeople. We support them with everything they need and they take your ideas and thoughts and they claim sales for you.”

In fact, James Knight, Kaiyan’s Sales Director, was actually a customer before he joined the company.

James explained how that came to be. “I had a company in the UK. I use to do teeth whitening products and buy from Alain. So oddly enough I was their customer first. Alain asked me to join and handle his sales. I’ve been here for 6 years now.”

James believes that one of Kaiyan’s major selling points is that, unlike most of their competitors, they can do everything in-house. “We do a lot of things in-house, which most of our competitors – specifically our Chinese competitors – wouldn’t do. Take design, for example, we have our  concept designer, he can take it and walk to sales and he can say, ‘I think the customer would prefer it a bit different like this.’ And then he can also go to engineering and say, ‘How’s it going with this? Do you think it’s a good idea?’”

Sales Director James Knight

For a member of staff who is eager to learn, James thinks it’s a fantastic work environment to be in. “So when you have all these in-house you wear a lot of hats. You also become quite skilled, actually. I’m based predominantly in sales, but you can ask me manufacturing questions, you can ask me engineering questions, you can ask me regulatory questions.”

The departments are able to interact so well because of the work environment that has been cultivated. The staff is encouraged to have ideas and management is no barrier to those ideas being heard. James believes that is integral to a company that thrives on innovation and forms part of what makes Kaiyan so successful.

“It comes down to hierarchy, doesn’t it? At this company, everything is quite flat. So if anyone in the company, such as the cleaning lady or the receptionist, if they have an idea, they are more than welcome to escalate that up to engineering or top management.”

Alain and James working together to demonstrate how Kaiyan’s products work

“I think when you are an innovative company and you are a contract manufacturer that works on development, the best idea always wins. So it’s not always about politics or hierarchy. It’s the best idea that wins.”

All in all, it helps create an open and positive environment that the staff really enjoys. Lisa Zhang, from HR, considers it to be a unique work culture.

“I personally like the company culture and working atmosphere. It’s not like everyone is a robot. We have quite a relaxed working vibe. We hold a lot of events too. The latest is for the World Cup. Everyone predicts the scores and whoever gets the most correct wins a prize.”

“We go out for dinner together. Sometimes we order KFC for everyone or we go to BBQ. We have been to the beach and to KTV. When it is someone’s birthday we arrange some flowers and cake for them.”

A meeting room at Kaiyan where the team get together to discuss new ideas

Possibly the most interesting perk is located on the roof of the company. An idea Alain had to encourage the staff to be more environmentally-friendly.

“Our company is not a normal Chinese company. We give our staff some space and some air. On the roof, we have a garden where they can grow vegetables. Everybody has their own space to grow whatever they wish,” explains Letje.

Lisa has been with Kaiyan for 7 years so far. An important factor in staying for so long is that she feels that she is able to grow with the company. And it’s a company that is growing at a fast rate. In particular, in the LED facial mask market.

In recent years, James has seen the perception of the product change and the positive impact it has on people’s lives. “You might be skeptical about light therapy. I was. But there is a lot of clinical evidence out there and over the years we’ve got more and more business. We’ve talked to our customers and they all swear by it. There are people with chronic pain and they are using our products and its helping. It’s really nice to be able to say you are helping people.”

As Alain explains, recent developments in the American and European markets promise an even brighter future for Kaiyan. “Our products are now being recognized by the FDA and the European ISO. Once you have the FDA audit you are allowed to sell these as medical products and the insurance companies have also taken it on. So, if you have back pain, you can actually pay with your insurance to buy our products.”

Alain talks with a visitor to the Kaiyan stand at a show

The company is not only expanding in Western markets. Letje has plans for the domestic market too. “Next year, I will start to focus on the Chinese market. Right now, we have not realized the potential of the domestic market. We currently only see beauty products, but we should be approved to sell medical products by next year.”

A lot has been achieved so far, but Alain is always working on ways to keep Kaiyan moving forward. James set out his CEO’s ambition. “Alain has a goal. He wants to be the biggest contract manufacturer for light therapy products. He wants to be a mini-Foxconn. So essentially, we want to be the biggest contract light manufacturer, and I actually think we are already. But we are still growing and we are getting a bigger market share.”

As Kaiyan expands, both in terms of size and in scope, there are opportunities for the right kind of person to join Kaiyan and make a difference. With the company constantly growing, there are always roles available across the departments, as James outlines.

“Marketing is always needed. To develop our products further, we need to develop more showcasing. So marketing fits into that. I currently do a large percentage of our company’s sales so salespeople are always welcome.

We are really a development company so engineers are always nice to have. I think design is also critical. Our designers are great, but it would be nice to have someone else’s perspective. Possibly a woman’s perspective because we’ve got a lot of men in engineering and design. We do a lot of beauty products so it would be nice to have a woman’s touch.

Fundamentally, what Kaiyan look for in a member of staff is character and integrity. “You should always hire for character. The rest you can teach. What we want to do is to attract good people, honest people, people with a bit of empathy. Being a team player is important. We succeed together as a company.”

Whoever joins Kaiyan in the future, will find themselves entering company that combines the very best of European and Chinese working culture. It’s a place that staff are given space and trusted to do their work and where ideas are chosen, not on who proposed them, but on their merits. At Kaiyan, the staff has the opportunity to learn a whole host of skills and grow with the company as it goes from strength to strength.

Name: Kaiyan Medical
Place Address: Building A, NO 40, Fuxin Street, Huaide Community, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 深圳市宝安区福永街道怀德社区福新街40号A栋
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 82129361

Enjoy Brunch, Beach, And Pool At Sheraton Dameisha Resort

It’s not really in a writer’s self-interest to say that a review is easy or that some reviews write themselves, but you do occasionally have the opportunity to write about a place you are sure readers will love. The Sunday Brunch at Capri at Sheraton Dameisha Resort is one such place.

Living in Shenzhen can be stressful and tiring. We live busy lives in a city that doesn’t seem to sleep. Even the best of us can feel like we need a holiday or a break from it all sometimes. With Capri’s Sunday Brunch, you can feel like you’re taking a holiday without having to leave Shenzhen.

For RMB464, diners can enjoy an all you can eat brunch buffet in the hotel’s Capri restaurant. The brunch runs from 11:30 to 15:00. After which, diners are free to enjoy the hotel’s swimming pools and also the beach for the rest of the day. The brunch at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort is so much more than a meal. It’s an amazing day out. There’s a reason why it’s one of the top-ranked restaurants on TripAdvisor in the city.

As you arrive at the Sheraton Dameisha Resort, you would be forgiven for thinking you’ve entered into a luxury resort in Thailand or Vietnam. Driving into the hotel, you can catch a glimpse of the sun shimmering off the clear blue sea. The waves lap onto the quiet and clean sand. It’s a good day to go to the beach.

Upon entering the restaurant, there is a children’s play area. The kids will be occupied for hours drawing pictures and watching movies. All the while, they are being taken care of by the childminders provided by the hotel. In the middle of the restaurant is the stage where the band plays a hit-filled set and the Colombian musicians provide a soundtrack to the brunch.

The first thing you notice, however, is the restaurant’s stunning, panoramic view of Dameisha beach. With the option too of dining outside on the balcony, diners can really soak in the atmosphere.

All along the other side of the restaurant is the brunch buffet. And what a spread it is.

The buffet begins with the drinks bar as you enter the restaurant. There you will find it generously stocked with ice cold bottled beer, bottles of the house red and white, and the ability to make your own cocktails from the choice of spirits. There are also soft drinks and fresh fruit juices available.

From there we head to the would-be starters. Some highlights include the Greek Salad with Feta Cheese, Roasted Lamb Loin with Cherry Tomatoes, and Marinated Tuna Fillet with Mustard Honey Sauce. The cold cuts and cheese board is worth a visit also. Choose from the likes of Toscano Ham, Smoked Pork Loin, and Capocollo. Pair that with a cheese board offering Camembert, Gouda, Emmental, and Gruyere.

With the sea so near, it’s perhaps no surprise that seafood features heavily on the brunch menu at Capri. And the restaurant does not disappoint.

The sushi station is one of the busiest areas of the buffet and with good reason too. The chef is on hand to make cuts from the selection of the freshest Tuna, Salmon, Sea Bream, and White Tuna. Positioned right beside the sushi and sashimi, diners can find the shellfish chilled on ice. The selection there reads like a wish list of any seafood lover. Choose from Prawns, Conch, Alaskan King Crab, French Oyster, and Scallop, to name just a few. All are presented in the eye-catching centerpiece replica fishing boat.

Capri also showcases local seafood delicacies. One chef stands by a dedicated station where he conjures up local favorite Sea Urchin Fried Rice on the spot, while on the other side, another chef is preparing Abalone dishes.

There are plenty of options too for those who would prefer something other than seafood. Western diners can make up a Sunday Roast to rival that they are used to back home. Choose from Grilled Beef Steak and racks of Lamb with Olive Lamb Jus to pair with Parsley Baby Potatoes, Butter Vegetables, and Grilled Mushrooms.

Meanwhile, there is more Chinese fare to be savored. Try the juicy Shanxi Hamburger, delicious Peking Duck, or make your own bowl at the Noodle Station. Capri even has its Dim Sum so make sure to try the Har Gow or Char Siu Bao.

The staff also provide table service too as they bring round Baked Lobster with Garlic Sauce and chilled bottles of prosecco for guests.

Be sure to save room for dessert too. After all, being at the beach is the perfect excuse to have some ice cream. You might need to get a bigger bowl once you see the flavors on offer from New Zealand Natural. For those with an insatiable sweet tooth, there are still plenty of other desserts to explore from Black Forest Cake and Strawberry Cheese Cake to Walnut Brownies and Napoleon Slice.

It’s truly a brunch to be savored at a leisurely pace. Relax with the family or catch up with friends. With the brunch running for over three hours, there is plenty of time to sample all the dishes on offer and make the most of the open bar.

Once you have finished your brunch, that is where the fun really begins and where Sheraton Dameisha Resort truly distinguishes itself. That is because all diners at the Sunday Brunch can also enjoy all-day access to Sheraton’s swimming pools and also the beach.

So head for a quiet stroll along the secluded beach. Take that rare opportunity to go for a dip in the sea. Play in the giant swimming pool with the kids or grab a drink with your partner at the poolside bar. Alternatively, relax on a lounger poolside and catch up with the latest book from your favorite author.

There really is no other brunch experience like it in the city. In fact, there’s nowhere else in the city where you can relax, unwind, and treat yourself like you can at the Sunday brunch at Capri at Sheraton Dameisha Resort.

Brunch is served on Sundays from 11:30 to 15:00

Buffet + Soft drinks and local beer: RMB464 (Net)

Buffet + Soft drinks and premium alcohol: RMB535 (Net)

For reservation, call 0755-88886688. For 10 people or more, please contact Ms. Ginny Xu.

 

Outdoor pool opening times: 06:00 – 22:00 (Summer)

Indoor pool opening times: 06:00 – 23:00 (Summer)

 

 

Zero One Technology Festival Opening Ceremony

The Opening Ceremony Of Zero One Technology Festival 2018
Create The Universal Expo Of Black Technology

Zero One Technology Festival 2018 Trailer

Live Video

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.

GM of Zero One Chen Jiangshan Welcome Speech
GM of Zero One Chen Jiangshan Welcome Speech

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.

Buy Tickets: http://www.huodongxing.com

Official website: http://www.zeroone-tech.com

Event Date: Thursday, July 5, 2018 – 8:00am – Sunday, July 8, 2018 – 11:30pm
Pricing Info: 299 RMB;1999 RMB;2999 RMB; 8000RMB
Booking Phone Number: 010-59037400
Place Address:  No.8, Haiwan Road, Shekou Industrial Zone, Shenzhen I-Factory 深圳市南山区海湾路8号蛇口价值工厂

Experience the passion of Latin dancing with free classes

Every Sunday afternoon at the Civic Center, you can hear the sound of Latin music. If you follow that exotic sound, you will find a group of people from all over the world dancing. Watching from the sides will be a larger group of locals, who are fascinated by the music and dancing, but are perhaps just a touch too shy to join in. If you do happen to be one of the spectators, don’t be shy. Just join in because that’s exactly what the group is all about.

 

The Latin dance classes are a free course started by Patrice Guilemond, a French engineer who has been living in Shenzhen since 2011. The classes are now organized by Oswaldo Loor, while Patrice focuses his time on his family after the birth of his child.

Patrice Guilemond, the original founder

In the beginning, Patrice used to invite his friends to dance, but they didn’t know how, so he taught them. “At first it was between friends, but little by little, friends invited their friends and it grew like this,” explained Patrice.

 

According to Patrice, salsa, and dancing in general, is a great way to meet people and make new friends. It’s also an activity where you can have fun while also burning a few extra calories

 

He also said that dancing can help us discover our true self and gain confidence. “Of course at first, the shyness will prevent you to achieve your true potential, but you’ll see you’ll gradually raise your self-confidence and improve yourself.”

Oswaldo Loor, the current organizer

 

Oswaldo comes from Ecuador, the heart of Latin America, but he admits he didn’t know how to dance before coming to China. “In Ecuador, we learn to dance since we are little kids, but my only interest back then was reading comics and adventure books,” said Oswaldo, adding that he kept postponing learning to dance for different reasons.

 

“When I came to China, at the beginning I was bored with nothing to do as I didn’t have many friends, and someone told me there was a salsa party at Coco Park. I thought that in Ecuador I was a terrible dancer, but here for sure it would be ok, but after I arrived at the party I saw that everybody was dancing so elegantly, so again I was sitting at the party just looking at the others dance,” Oswaldo recalled.

 

Step by step, however, Oswaldo learned to dance better and better by attending different dancing parties across the city. One day, he joined Patrice’s course and the two began to invite more friends to join the classes.

Adrian Esquivel from Colombia

“We do not only teach salsa, but also bachata, kizomba, and a bit of reggaeton, and we are looking to add other cool dances. We currently have more than 660 members in our group and every day it grows more and more. It’s scientifically proven that dancing works in the brain to make you happier,” said Oswaldo.

 

Currently, there are four instructors teaching the class in rotation, namely Adrian Esquivel from Colombia, Daniel Canosa from Spain,  Jenny Wu from China, and Amga Gamboa, whose parents originate from both Colombian & Mongolia.

Amga grew up in Colombia where he learned to dance salsa, merengue and other dances with his family since he was a child. “Now I am dancing all the time, be it cooking, showering or cleaning the house,” said Amga.

For Amga, Chinese people are a bit shy. “When I first came to Chia, people just passed by or stood there watching us dance. But gradually, after they listen to the music and feel the passion, they fall in love with dancing and Latin culture.”

Amga Gamboa, of Colombian-Mongolian descent

“Some people feel lonely, but when they dance in the group, they feel comfortable and not lonely anymore, some even find their life partner via dancing. Others come becaue it is a kind of sport for them, but later they realize that it’s also a hobby with passion and more feelings,” said Adrian.

 

Daniel said he fell in love with the atmosphere of dancing when he first joined a party in Madrid in 2014. “People from all ages were smiling, dancing…The vibe was amazing. From then on I started taking classes every week,” said Daniel.

Daniel Canosa, another one of the talented instructors

“Salsa makes people happy so I want to spread happiness throughout the world. It’s also amazing to see the student’s faces when they are finally able to make a difficult step successfully,” said Daniel.

 

For Jenny, salsa is a kind of interesting and joyful dance. She wants to make more people join the salsa community in order to enjoy themselves.

Jenny Wu, Salsa instructor

 

Isabel, one of the students joining the group, commented that she benefits from the course a lot and always invites her friends to join.

 

“I met Adrian, one of the teachers from the Salsa Beginners Group, in the elevator of my building and he invited me to join the class,” said Ginevra, another student of the course.

Isabel, one of the students

“The activity is really well organized. The location (Civic Center) is beautiful. The classes vary every week, trying to cover different styles and aspects of Latin dances, from basic steps to musicality, interpretation, and self-expression,” said Ginevra.

Another student, Ginerva

Yannis from Greece found the class on ShenzhenParty.com and joined the group. “All the guys that run the salsa group – Oswaldo, Amga, Adrian, and Daniel – are great guys, and very helpful and willing to offer great advice. They are cool, upbeat, and fun guys. Like most Latino people I’ve met in my life, they are so optimistic and expressive!” said Yannis who started dancing salsa and bachata about two years ago.

Yannis, from Greece

Additionally, the group has now their own party, every Wednesday and Friday at the Mr. Wong Bar at the Hilton Futian. They also invite different instructors with rich dancing experience to share in the class from time to time. For example, Aaron from Colombia with 15 years of dancing experience. Stephanie and Vivian, who both have their own studios have also been invited. Also, Alex, a Chinese national that organizes salsa parties, also sponsors drinks for the class.

 

If you want to join their group, feel free to add Oswaldo Loor on WeChat. His ID is ‘osloor’ and his phone number is 13380386829.

 

The Market Café Honoured At The 8th Annual China Hotel Awards – Best Buffet Restaurant

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou is very delighted to announce that The Market Café was awarded “The 8th Annual China Hotel Awards – Best Buffet Restaurant” by Lifestyle Magazine.

As the leading lifestyle magazine focuses on hospitality industry and luxury brands, Lifestyle Magazine is positioned for consumers with high income, high quality and high living standard. this is the 8th year it successfully held its China Hotel Awards, the result of more than 200 hotels participated and selected by key influencers and travel critics.

About The Market Café 

Conveniently located on the 22nd floor of the office tower and accessible from the Grand Hyatt Guangzhou hotel’s Sky Lobby, The Market Café is a buffet restaurant offering Western and Asian cuisines from eight live cooking stations.  With a casual yet modern ambience, diners can choose from fresh seasonal ingredients and enjoy delicacies from an open kitchen.  The restaurant is nestled in Huacheng Square, in Guangzhou’s new central business district, featuring panoramic views as a backdrop for a pleasant buffet dining experience.

About Grand Hyatt Guangzhou

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou is a five-star luxury hotel located in the new center of Guangzhou, China — the central business district of Pearl River New City.  Located on the 22nd floor, the hotel’s Sky Lobby offers panoramic views of Huacheng Square.  Grand Hyatt Guangzhou features 350 guestrooms and five restaurants and bars, including Cantonese cuisine at The Penthouse, buffet-style dining at The Market Cafe and authentic western food at G Restaurant.  Experience a luxury five-star hotel stay in Guangzhou with our rooftop O Spa and fitness center.  Meeting and wedding planners can choose from more than 1,600 square metres of exceptional function space, including a Grand Ballroom, six meeting rooms and a sophisticated business center.

Hotel Name: Grand Hyatt Guangzhou  广州富力君悦大酒店

Place Address: 12 Zhujiang W. Rd, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城珠江西路12号

Place Phone:  020 8396 1234

E-mail: guangzhou.grand@hyatt.com

 

Shangri-la Hotel, Shenzhen Launches “Plastic Bag Free Day” Campaign To End Plastic Pollution

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

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently operates over 100 hotels with a room inventory of over 41,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services.  Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.  For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

Local Comedy Stands Up At SZN COMEDY Open Mic Night

I’m at my first standup comedy open mic night in Shenzhen.  A small, respectable-looking Chinese woman takes to the stage to do a set. I’ll be honest with you. She wasn’t exactly what I had in mind when I imagined the type of people performing.

 

Within a minute, she’s made more dirty jokes than I can keep track of and she’s doing an impression of oral sex on stage. Half the audience bursts out laughing while the other half don’t know where to look. Either way, she has got our attention.

 

By the time she has walked off stage, she’s left us with one of the raunchiest sets I’ve seen live. As I was going to find out that night, that’s what the Open Mic Night organized by SZN COMEDY from Eastern Liberty is all about. It’s about providing local comics a platform to perform, giving audiences an alternative to the party scene, and ultimately, connecting those audiences with these comics in a meaningful way.

 

Earlier that night, I sat down with Mr. Ryan from Eastern Liberty, which organizes these open mic nights as well as monthly shows. Through our chat and the night that followed, I was introduced to an exciting and burgeoning scene in Shenzhen.

 

Whenever a new scene emerges in a city, it’s curious to know what pushed the people involved to make it happen. For Mr. Ryan, he couldn’t believe that a city like Shenzhen didn’t already have a comedy community.

 

“I was going down there to Hong Kong once a month or so for an open mic, but I started thinking why a city like Shenzhen didn’t have something like this. I did a bit of research and found out that people had tried to do one-off shows every now and then, but there wasn’t any sort of stable organization that the comedians can count on being there.”

 

Looking around the open mic show that evening, the scene seemed well developed. Mr. Ryan was laidback as the venue gradually filled up with regulars who greeted him as they passed us at the bar. There was a relaxed vibe and everyone seemed comfortable in their own skin. In the very beginning, as Mr. Ryan recalls, it was somewhat more hectic.

 

“Back in 2016. Our first show was Cinco De Mayo in Frankie’s, Nanshan actually, and they gave us the opportunity to use that space. It was a free show and so everyone was really excited for comedy and it was Cinco De Mayo so it was some party. That day that had to be around a hundred people. The crowd was kind of like a wild animal that night. So we learned. We got to control the crowd a little bit.”

 

Like any good comic, SZN COMEDY took some pointers from that first show and made some adjustments. Mr. Ryan found it made a big difference.

 

“We started selling tickets to the show in advance so people started becoming a bit more invested in the show. They are not going to just laugh when they are supposed to laugh, but they are not going to just be on their phones all show, because they paid to be there.”

 

One of the things I was most curious about coming into the show was the makeup of the crowd. I was wondering if it would it be mainly expats or would locals come down to the show too, and beyond that, how did the composition of the audience influence the type of jokes being told.

 

“I think that’s one of the things that people get excited on our scene. You’re going to see tonight that around half the crowd is going to be Chinese and the other half is expats, and from that half, everyone is from somewhere different. I think that helps a little bit because it keeps everyone fresh, friendly, and open.

 

I just try to feel the room out when I’m hosting. If it’s mostly expats, foreigners, whatever you want to call them – us – then yeah, you just adjust a little bit. You can add more cultural references, but with Chinese, their laughs might come more from reactions and your expressions on your face and your body language.”

 

You can see what he means with regards to how different parts of the crowd respond to different material. One American comedian who has come all the way from Hong Kong performs a set of spot-on impressions packed full of pop-culture references. A big chunk of the audience is in stitches, but for others, the references are maybe too obscure. While later another American comedian gets up, this time from Guangzhou. His set is full of energy as he relates his experience of an expat living in China and the other sections of the audience find it easier to connect to what it is he is saying.

 

It’s interesting to talk to Mr. Ryan because while he started out in the scene as a comic traveling to Hong Kong to perform at open mic nights, he no longer sees himself as a comedian per se. For him, it’s more important for SZN COMEDY to provide a platform for local comedians.

 

“I honestly don’t do sets anymore. Our company focuses on bringing comics and crowds together. I think sometimes that fails because the people that are organizing are trying to be the stars of the show. Right now, everyone that is involved is comfortable because our organization doesn’t run like that. We generally just want to make a good product for the city.

 

We try to get the word out as much as we can about local comics because that’s really what this scene is about. We really try to grow the scene here with local comics.”

 

It’s an approach that has helped some local comedians start to make a name for themselves. There are a few comics who started out at open mic that are now doing paid shows in Shenzhen and elsewhere in the PRD area. When you hear Mr. Ryan talk about these guys, you can tell he’s genuinely invested in seeing them be the best comics they can be.

 

“Troy Lewis is the big up and comer in Shenzhen right now. Recently, he did a show in Shuiwei. Amazing show. High energy. He’s putting in a lot of work and it’s paying off. He was in the Dongguan show we did a few months ago. Dongguan loves Troy Lewis. Just to be able to say he’s part of the Shenzhen scene is just great, because we’ve been doing shows together for years now.

 

Linus Leas is another up and comer. He came onto the Shenzhen scene a few months ago, but his stuff is very fresh. He was opening the Dongguan show as well and the experience he grabbed that night he can apply it to all the material he is writing.”

 

As luck would have it, Leas actually popped into the open mic night later that evening to perform a set and it’s clear to see why Mr. Ryan is so excited about him. Leas is Cambodian-American. As an Asian-looking expat living in China, he’s got a rich amount of material to mine. While hearing about the typical expat experience in China might be a bit too familiar for some, Leas occupies a space which feels much fresher.

 

Leas’ set is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the evening, but in truth, I had a great time throughout the night. Whether it’s a first-timer getting up on the stage or a comic working on material for their next show, there’s just a really relaxed and positive vibe going on. It’s something that Mr. Ryan touched upon when explaining why they do these open mics.

 

They offer something for comics working on their set. “There’s always some crowd to perform in front of here. And I think that’s what comedians need. They need reactions from a real crowd. You will see people doing new jokes, fixing old jokes. You can’t do that on a paid show.”

 

Yet it’s also a safe environment for those who are just starting out. “We try to get that vibe. Super relaxed, no pressure. If you don’t want to go on stage, then that’s cool. If you do want to go on stage, then we will kind of help you out.”

 

Meanwhile, it’s about offering something different for the people of Shenzhen. “I think people are trying to find an alternative to that party scene, and that’s kind of what we are. Yeah, we are still at a bar, and yeah, you can still get a drink, but nobody is out there to get drunk. It attracts a certain type of person too. Generally, the people that come here are good people.”

 

Ultimately, it’s about bringing together foreigners and expats together for events and to share in something they are all passionate about.

 

“There’s too many expat-only events or Chinese-only events, and the only other thing that brings these people together are parties. A concert is another one, but how often is that? So this scene, even if we only get 20 or 25 people, for a crowd, it’s cool, because in any other situation that would never happen. So that’s something that we actually try to focus on.”

 

Through SZN COMEDY, Eastern Liberty organizes an open mic night every Thursday at Vicha Restaurant & Lounge in Futian. Performers should sign up by 9 pm and the show begins at 9.30pm.

 

Eastern Liberty also hosts regular paid shows. They are typically held twice a month, with one show in Shenzhen and one on the road in either Dongguan, Guangzhou, or Hong Kong.

 

PAST SHOWS:

 

 

Langham Mooncakes Beyond Exquisite

Langham Mooncake 2018 Box
Langham Mooncake 2018

Festive indulgences Brought to You by Langham’s Master Chefs 

Langham is renowned for its excellence in Chinese cuisine with T’ang Court, Ming Court and Yat Tung Heen in Hong Kong all awarded with the prestigious and highly coveted Michelin stars. Indulge in a Mid-Autumn feast as Langham’s master chefs bring together a sumptuous collection of mooncakes with their exclusive recipes, presented in a refined jewelry box adorned with an exquisite floral pattern.


Traditional Flair


Always a crowd pleaser during this festive occasion, the simple but moreish White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Double Egg Yolks is a must-have for those who crave a true taste of tradition.


Classic Elegance


The much sought-after Mini Custard Mooncake with Egg Yolk is a Langham signature, with the recipe created and perfected by the group’s master chefs. An exemplification of classic artistry, it is bound to impress even the most discerning of connoisseurs.


Refined Delights


Crafted using the finest ingredients, the Deluxe Mini Mooncake Assortment is bound to impress aficionados of both classic and modern flavours. This premium collection features the luscious Custard Mooncake with Kumquat and Egg Yolk, the traditional White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Egg Yolk, and the delicate Red Bean Paste Mooncake with Egg Yolk.White Lotus Seed Paste Mooncake with Double Egg Yolks    CNY 298/Net

Langham Mooncakes_White Lotus Seed with Double Egg Yolks Mooncake

(4 pieces/approx. 150g each)

Mini Custard Mooncake with Egg Yolk      CNY 298 /Net

Langham Mooncakes_Mini Custard Mooncake

(6 pieces/approx. 55g each)

Deluxe Mini Mooncake Assortment       CNY 308/Net

Langham Mooncakes_Deluxe Mini Mooncake Assortment

(6 pieces/approx. 55g each)

Place Name: The Langham, Shenzhen 深圳东海朗廷酒店
Place Address:  The Langham, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区深南大道7888号
Website:  The Langham, Shenzhen’s Website
Place Phone: 0755-8828 9888
Email:  tlszx.recruitment@langhamhotels.cpm

A Different Kind Of Fun From ZIP Improv Group

So I’ve found myself at a dinner party. The host seems like a normal enough sort, but then the guests start arriving. The first seems to be only interested in the neck of the host. Matters only become stranger when the next guest arrives. He seems to have a problem with his backside that attempts to suck in all those who are nearby.

 

Eventually, the host turns to the rest of us watching. “Okay, Simone is a vampire. I guess Aaron’s bum is a black hole.”

 

The rest of the group clap and cheer enthusiastically. Laura is right.

 

“Shall we play another game of Dinner Party?” asks someone in the group.

 

“Let’s do it,” says another and a new host exits the room while the rest brainstorm fresh identities for the guests.

 

This may seem like an unusual evening for most. For ZIP improv group, however, it’s all part of a normal rehearsal.

Let me rewind for a moment to the start of the evening. I’m there to interview the ZIP improv group. A band of young performers who get together regularly to put on improv shows all round Shenzhen. ZIP has kindly allowed me to join in with one of the rehearsals before an upcoming performance.

 

While waiting to meet Aaron, the group’s English member, I’m left to wonder what to expect from the rehearsal. I must confess that I did not know a great deal about improv apart from a few episodes of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but I’d heard great things about ZIP from those who had been to their shows and I was eager to experience it for myself.

 

I imagined it would be a lot like standup comedy, but what I would come to discover is that there is a great deal more to it than that.

I meet Aaron downstairs on the street and together we head up to his colleague Malone’s apartment where the rehearsal is to be held. It’s your normal apartment, but some adjustments have been made for this evening. A large space had been cleared in the center of the living room that would prove important and there was a white board set up with a list of games that I would learn about later. By the window, I noticed a copy of The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual.

 

Some of the others have already arrived before Aaron and myself, and it’s not long before the apartment fills up with performers. There’s Malone, our welcoming host, along with his cat. Busy writing games on the whiteboard is Laura with Lost Star and Simone stood either side of her making suggestions. Brandi is preparing to warm up with Steven. Arriving fashionably late are Mario and Steve. Finally, there’s Aaron, the group’s token Brit bringing a welcome dose of English comedy.

At that stage, I do start to wonder if this is going to be awkward. After all, it’s a relatively large group of people standing up in front of each other and basically saying the first thing that comes into their heads. Couldn’t it get a bit embarrassing?

 

After a couple of beers and a few warm-up games though, everyone is relaxed. The games appear to be there to get people loosened up both with speaking and moving. One game involves a call and response of random noises while another is best summed up as a really intense game of tag.

 

The group is ready to get started and so I take a seat. Despite it being my first time and it was only a rehearsal, rather than a show, I had a great time.

It was funny. In the same way a standup show is funny. There was a fair share of witty comebacks, great one liners, and surreal improvisations.

 

But it’s not just funny. It’s also fun, and rather exciting too. It’s that sense that whatever is being said or done in that moment is being so for the very first time. Nothing is rehashed. Everything is original.

Furthermore, it’s fascinating to see these people working together. It’s to see them reacting and riffing with each other in the moment.

 

The games they play are great at getting the most out of the performers. They help throw up the type of crazy scenarios that improv performers thrive in, which in turn, the audience loves.

 

One such game is Storyteller. This game involves one performer assuming the role of an author typing out their latest novel. Two other performers are then tasked with acting out and adding to what the author creates, and in turn, the author reacts to how the story pans out. It’s a game full of potential for the performers to creatively tie each other up in.

 

Another equally widely creative game is That’s Not How You. This game can involve the entire group and begins with two performers acting out a scene. The other performers can tag themselves in at any moment. The aim is for them to take something that is said or done and totally twist the context without changing the actual words or action. This game brings some of the biggest laughs of the evening.

But credit where credit is due. As great as the games are, this is one talented bunch of performers. More so, it’s a cast where each person brings their own personality and style to the games.

 

What really impresses me, or what I really respect, is how passionate each and every one of them is about ZIP. It’s clear that these are people performing for the love of what they do. It’s heartening to see people pursuing their passion for no other motive other than to promote it to a wider audience.

By the end of the rehearsal, I have went from knowing next to nothing about improv to wishing the session didn’t have to end while eagerly awaiting the next show.

 

Improv is very much an inclusive experience. The performers are open and friendly, the audience is encouraged to get involved, and there is a feeling that everyone is in on the fun. It’s very infectious.

 

So what are you waiting for? Get involved with the one of the most fun nights you can have in Shenzhen.

For more details on upcoming shows or if you have any other queries about ZIP Improv, you can contact group member Aaron on WeChat (ID: Azzadoc).

Hilton Worldwide Appoints Fredrik Johansson as General Manager

 

Fredrik Johansson

Hilton Worldwide today announced the appointment of Fredrik Johansson as General Manager of Hilton Shenzhen Futian.  Fredrik Johansson will report to John Burger, Area General Manager for Greater Shenzhen Area, and will be responsible for the hotel operations, including the leadership and development of the management team, overall vision for the hotels team members, driving and delivering property wide projects and ensuring that quality and guest experiences are unique to our property and are consistent with the Hilton Brand. Fredrik will also have key appointments with the media, local governments and other businesses. Fredrik will be based in Shenzhen and will begin his position on July 02, 2018.

John Burger, Area General Manager for Greater Shenzhen Area, said, “Fredrik’s experience in the hospitality sector and, in particular his knowledge of the Asian market, will ensure that our discerning guests continue to have a unique experience at the Hilton Shenzhen Futian. Under his guidance, we are confident that the hotel will continue to cement its position as one of top luxury hotels in Shenzhen.”

About Fredrik Johansson

Fredrik comes from DoubleTree by Hilton Shenzhen Longhua where he held the same position since November 2015. Fredrik brings over 20 years of experience working in various international hotel brand such as Westin, Sheraton and Crown Plaza having spent more than 10 of those years in China. During his tenure, Fredrik has worked in the position of Food and Beverage Director, the Hotel Manager and General Manager.

Fredrik will bring all his hospitality expertise gained in various operations to his new role at Hilton Shenzhen Futian. Passion for the industry and alignment of both his and the company values create the drive behind his success.

About Hilton Shenzhen Futian

Hilton Shenzhen Futian is located at Great China International Finance Center on Shennan Road. For reservations, please call the hotel directly at +86 755 21308888 or visit the hotel’s website at shenzhenfutian.hilton.com. Media can access additional information on Hilton Shenzhen Futian at news.hilton.com/shenzhenfutian.

Follow “Hilton Shenzhen Futian” on Wechat

 

希尔顿全球任命法兰德总经理

希尔顿全球今天宣布任命法兰德为深圳大中华希尔顿酒店总经理。法兰德先生将向大深圳区域酒店总经理蒋伯乐汇报,并负责深圳大中华希尔顿酒店的管理运营:包括管理团队的领导及发展,实现酒店全体员工的整体愿景,推动实施酒店的各种项目、确保各种项目的优质性并始终与酒店最核心的宾客体验度及希尔顿品牌保持一致。法兰德先生同时也与媒体、当地政府及其它行业保持密切沟通。法兰德将常驻深圳,并于2018年7月2日正式担任深圳大中华希尔顿酒店总经理一职。

希尔顿全球深圳区希尔顿及希尔顿逸林酒店联盟总经理蒋伯乐表示,“法兰德在酒店行业的经验,尤其是对亚洲市场的专业度将是我们独具慧眼的宾客在深圳大中华希尔顿酒店拥有始终如一的独特体验的保证。在他的带领下,我们对酒店保持其深圳高端酒店位置充满信心。”

关于法兰德

法兰德先生是一名精通酒店管理的瑞典人,他在威斯汀、喜来登及皇冠假日国际酒店品牌生涯中积累了丰富的经验,在中国已工作十年之久。在任职期间,法兰德先生曾担任餐饮总监、驻店经理和总经理的职务。

法兰德将其20多年的经验带入其在希尔顿全球的全新职位上。对酒店行业的激情及他本人与公司价值观的契合正是他成功的动力。

关于深圳大中华希尔顿酒店

深圳大中华希尔顿酒店位于中国广东省深圳市福田区深南大道 1003 号大中华国际金融中心 B 座。若要预订,请直接致电酒店 +86 755 21308888 或访问酒店网站 shenzhenfutian.hilton.com。媒体可在 news.hilton.com/shenzhenfutian 网站获取有关深圳大中华希尔顿酒店的补充信息。

更多优惠,请关注微信公众号:

Place Name: Hilton Shenzhen Futian 深圳大中华希尔顿酒店
Place Address: Tower B, Great China International Finance Centre, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区深南大道 1003 号大中华国际金融中心 B 座
Website: Hilton Shenzhen Futian’s Website
Place Phone:  0755 -21308888

Shenzhen’s 40th Anniversary Light Show

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!

Full version on Tencent: https://v.qq.com/x/page/i07069nqjd7.html

 

Holiday Breaks at Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

 

Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

Nestled along the Pearl River Delta, an hour’s travel by road from Hong Kong, by ferry from Macau and by train from Guangzhou lies Shenzhen- a perfect place for a holiday break with family and friends or simply to get away for a romantic weekend.

Young, vibrant and dynamic, the city offers wonderful attractions from epic shopping sprees at the electronic and at the fashion & accessories wholesale markets to an outing for the young and the “young at heart” at one of the 3 theme parks. The city boasts of the world’s largest golf course with 12 designer courses as well as lush parks and hiking mountain trails await sports enthusiasts.

Awarded as a “City of Design” by UNESCO in 2008, stunning architecture dot the beautifully landscaped surroundings of the new downtown Futian, Shenzhen’s hub for both business and pleasure. And located at the heart of it amidst 3 shopping malls and entertainment area is the Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen.

Contemporary in style with vibrant colored murals and a unique lobby outdoor terrace on the 6th floor, the Hotel is an attraction in itself.  Spacious and bright guestrooms with high tech amenities such as iPad minis and Nespresso coffee machine makes each room a sanctuary for relaxation. Dining options include the multi awarded Zhuo Yue Xuan, a showcase for one of the city’s finest in Cantonese cuisine with 10 private dining rooms. Additionally, the stunningly designed FOO all day buffet restaurant with indoor/ outdoor seating and special seafood and BBQ counters is a “must try” for a sumptuous weekend brunch experience.

Swimming Pool @ Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

For a weekend of total wellness, the Hotel’s Fitness center includes a 24/7 gym with state of the art equipment,  indoor/ outdoor swimming pools and a SPA with 7 luxurious  treatment suites where one can enjoy the unique Eaglewood Treatment or hold a ladies’ SPARTY reunion with friends!  Also a “sunrise Yoga” or “Taichi at dawn” can be arranged at the Hotel’s verdant multi-level outdoor Terraces.  And for those wanting to learn something new – classes are available at the Hotel’s Art Gallery with resident artist, Mr. Mo renowned for his fine calligraphy and contemporary chinese watercolor as well as western oil painting.

For families travelling, the Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen has comfort and convenience in mind with baby crib and  toddler care pack of bottle warmers, pampers and more all set up in the room before arrival so that moms can enjoy the luxury of travelling light.  Kids of all ages are greeted with special welcome amenities on arrival and in room surprises include personalized cookies, colorful bed linens, and bathroom amenities including tiny bathrobes.  For “suite kids”, a play tent and mini table and chairs will truly surprise and delight.  The children’s program at the Hotel’s outlets includes complimentary meals for up to 4 years old with 5 up to 11 years at 50% discount.  What’s more, FOO features Weekend special “Kid’s buffet corner” with a chef on hand to teach cookie decorating and a clown to entertain so parents can enjoy their buffet feast. And for the early teeners of 12 to  16 years old  special massage treatments available at the SPA –  perfect for some fun bonding moments for parents and their kids.

All these and more can be enjoyed with the Hotel’s great value room packages – ADVANCE PURCHASE at 25 % off Best available rates 7 days prior to arrival and 20% off 2 days prior or stay longer with “Stay 3, Pay 2 Nights”. Book through www.fourseasons.com/shenzhen or contact the hotel’s reservations at tel 0755 – 8826 8855 or email reservations.szh@fourseasons.com.

 Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen

The Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen is ideally located in the heart of the commercial district of Futian, across the Shenzhen Conference & Exhibition Center and a short walk from the Civic Center which houses the city’s Municipal Hall and Museum as well as near the famed Shenzhen Concert Hall and Library. The Hotel is surrounded by 3 modern shopping malls and is a few steps away from the subway metro station and 10-minute drive to 2 Hong Kong borders of Huanggang and Futian. Built along contemporary lines, the Hotel features 265 rooms inclusive of 32 suites, a Club Lounge, Business Centre, 3 food and beverage outlets, and a grand ballroom with 5 other function venues plus a unique outdoor multilevel Terraces.  For more information on Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen, please contact:

Place Name: Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen 深圳四季酒店
Place Address:  138 Fuhua Third Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 518048 China
深圳市福田区福华三路138 号
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 8826 8888

Tailor-made Perfection

 

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.

Sewing handmade clothes.

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

Phone/WhatsApp/WeChat: +8613682435489

Email: tailor-calvin@163.com

Website:  www.chinesebesttailor.com

 

 

The first Lego Authorized Store Opens in Shenzhen

The first Lego authorized store of Shenzhen, Photo from Sina
Shenzhen’s first LEGO® certified store opens in Uphills, Futian District. This flagship store is the 21st certified store in China. Similar to other certified Lego shops around the world, the shop offers a comprehensive range of Lego toys to engage playing experience to all Lego fans in Shenzhen.

Continue reading The first Lego Authorized Store Opens in Shenzhen