How to help Shenzhen’s largest foreign-run animal shelter

Even an animal rescue operation as robust and vibrant as Shenzhen’s Karuna Rescue – which sends a dozen or more dogs to forever homes in China and abroad each month – is only made possible by volunteer power.

Week after week since 2017, Karuna Rescue founders Sachin Patel and Jenny Coulson step in to rewrite the stories of dogs and cats that have seen the worst abuse in China through working with a network of other rescuers and vets. This includes regularly taking in dogs in horrific condition from the illegal dog meat trade. The half-way point between rescue and a new home for many of these cases is their shelter in Shenzhen, presently accommodating 48 dogs.

Now, Karuna need extra hands and hearts to further the animals’ care and safety. Here’s how anyone can help:

Volunteer: Karuna Rescue needs kind hearts to regularly visit the dogs at their shelter in Xili. This is instrumental to helping the dogs, many of whom are not accustomed to human companionship, become socialized with people. Ideal volunteers are those who love to just hang out, interact, and play with dogs!

Donate: In addition to the continuous costs of rent, food, and standard hygiene supplies, Karuna Rescue also handles cases requiring extensive care for severe injuries and medical conditions. Join the group chats to keep up to date, or make a donation to a current case below:

Become a flight volunteer: Dogs are only able to get to their forever homes abroad through flight volunteers. As a flight volunteer, you simply agree to allow an animal be added to your cargo; Karuna does all the rest. Contact Karuna via the QR code below to see if your next flight can accommodate a dog’s journey home.

Foster: Not the right time to adopt? The Karuna Rescue Foster Caregiver Program is for those who would like to help a dog become accustomed to living with humans temporarily. Scan the QR code to apply and get paired with a foster dog.

Adopt: While at any given time many dogs under Karuna’s care will have already been claimed by a family, there are always more who need homes. Contact Karuna below to apply to adopt a Karuna dog.

Keeping up-to-date on local animal welfare news is a great way to be supportive. If you would like to know more, please contact Pam on WeChat at 17724601244 to get added into animal rescue WeChat groups.

About Pam:

Pam has lived and worked in Shenzhen since 2016. Most recently she works as a copy editor for a local newspaper. In her spare time, Pam is an active member of the animal rescue community and avid long-distance runner.

Taishan Oyster Promotion

How do we feel the passage of time, perhaps the seasons, spring sowing, autumn harvesting, summer sowing, winter sowing. Alternatively, twelve hours of rotation, sunrise and work, sunset and interest. Alternatively, the ebb and flow of the tide, the season, the season. Alternatively, nurture all things to grow, from small to large. Sometimes hard work brings happiness to the heart and soul.

The past life of delicious food is a picturesque scenery. China has a coastline as long as 18,000 kilometers. For people living near the sea, eating from the sea is one of the temptations of the sea.

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You can see mountains, sea and culture. Taishan is the first hometown of overseas Chinese in China. Young boil into white hair, the hometown changed its appearance, but all kinds of old taste old. The overseas Chinese half-life venturing, walking the footsteps of a lifetime, starting point, end. It is all about home. This is the Chinese people uphold the millennium belief, simple but powerful.


Salinity and temperature often determine the freshness and taste of oysters. The annual average temperature in Taishan is 21℃ to 27℃. Microorganisms and minerals in seawater are the real reason why oysters are “delicious”. Water with moderate temperature is easier to accumulate nutrients, and the meat is more fresh and crisp.


Authentic Taishan oyster, produced at the junction of 60% salt water and 40% fresh water in Taishan Sea, is round, slag free, full and slightly yellow. Oysters are suitable for living in water with a salinity of 15-20 ‰, up to 25‰.At present, oyster cultivation in Taishan city is mainly distributed in Zhen Hai bay area, with a salinity of 18-20 ‰, which is very suitable for oyster cultivation. Through the seedling area, growth area and fattening area three area culture. With the production process of these three areas, the oysters raised are fresh, white, fat and crisp.

3-4 Years

It takes 3 to 4 years for oysters to be raised from fingernail size seedlings to market. During this period, four overall shifts should be made according to the growth situation of oysters, in which the oyster rope should be moved from the water with shallow salinity to the water with deep salinity. There are 49 processes in total. Spring is generally seedlings processing, sticky oysters, and so on, to the summer, lunar may, June, oysters to deep-sea area fertilizer. Autumn and winter arrive every year in April, which is the season of oyster harvest. At this time, oysters, in order to prepare for the long winter, try to hoard the nutrients and oil in the body, to keep themselves plump,  juicy enough. 

Hanging and rowing oyster 

Taishan oysters are also raised in condole, usually in deep water. Each string of oyster seedlings is glued to the rope back to back. A rope usually sticks 18 oyster seedlings. The rope hanging on the scaffolding can float with the waves. In this way, there is more room for the oyster seedlings to eat, because the suspension makes the seawater return more fully, the oyster seedlings can absorb more organisms, and the cultured oyster meat is more fat and beautiful.

Go to sea

Sail from the dock to send everyone out to fish for oysters, with successive floating balls, each representing a string of oysters. The typhoon has become a catalyst to improve the quality of oysters. Because typhoons push microbes from the ocean back offshore, oysters can grow faster. Oysters will also be larger and fuller.


“Fresh” is the whole meaning of umami that can only be interpreted in Chinese all over the world. However, the so-called interpretation, not in the definition, more or feeling. Freshness is not only in the “five tastes”, but also beyond the five tastes, is the most common Chinese food but has the most mysterious realm.

Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport Xiangyue Restaurant | Taishan Oyster Promotion

Promotion period: 2019.10.04 – 2019.11.30

Autumn and winter are the best seasons to enjoy Taishan oyster. Our talented and creative Chef from Xiangyue bring to you a feast of “oyster” prepared in various cooking style.

Chef’s recommendation

Address:3F  Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Airport

Shenzhen Bao ’an International Airport, Bao ‘an District, Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China 518128

Tel: 0755 -23451234-6378

Opening of Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel Invites Spontaneous Explorers to Experience The Unexpected in Shenzhen

With prime location and differentiated dining, Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel is all set to connect guests up with local experiences and unscripted moments


Lobby Rendering of Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel

Marriott International today announced the opening of Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel, marking the debut of the Renaissance brand in Shenzhen, one of the most dynamic cities in Southern China. Luohu occupies a prime spot in the heart of Shenzhen and is known as the city’s business and financial hub. The district is also strategically close to the Hong Kong-bound train at the Shenzhen Railway Station.

“As one of China’s most successful special economic zones and a driving force in Greater Bay area of Southern China, Shenzhen has become an important destination for both business and leisure travelers,” said Mike Fulkerson, Vice President, Brand and Marketing Asia-Pacific, Marriott International. “Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel is the latest addition to Marriott International’s fast-expanding portfolio of 15 hotels across nine distinct brands in Shenzhen. This opening strengthens our presence in the region, allowing us to introduce Renaissance’s engaging brand programming to visitors to this city – guests who see business travel as an opportunity for spontaneous exploration and adventure.”

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Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel offers 403 stylish rooms and suites featuring contemporary amenities that anticipate every need, such as standalone bathtubs, ample workspaces, flat screen TVs and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi. The Renaissance design approach, which is inspired by a sense of true placemaking, tells the story of Shenzhen with a dramatic installation titled “Shenzhen River” behind the reception desk in the lobby.

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The city’s dining scene will also be taken to new heights at The Sky Paradise, a revolving fine-dining restaurant with incredible views overlooking the cityscape of Shenzhen. Diners can enjoy freshly-caught seafood and French-style desserts, complemented by an exquisite wine list. The all-day-dining restaurant Food Studio is defined into various zones, each showcasing the unique culinary styles of the different regions of China including Canton, Sichuan and Shanghai. European cuisine is also served here, with specialties prepared in a wood-fired oven or on the grill. The hotel’s buzzy R Bar is where unscripted moments happen, as locals and guests kick back and unwind with Evenings at Renaissance programming. The programs featuring a wide of inspiring cocktails and locally-inspired events centered around talents in music, art, mixology and cuisine. Guests staying in Executive Rooms will have access to the residential-style Club Lounge, where selections of fresh pastries and beverages are available throughout the day.

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MICE and wedding planners will enjoy the hotel’s meticulously-designed function spaces spanning 1,140 sqm across one ballroom and seven multifunctional venues. R.E.N. Meetings and professional events management teams are ready to assist guests in all aspects of planning from venue setups and table settings to customized catering menus, ensuring flawlessly-executed meetings, events and special gatherings.

“Shenzhen continues to evolve into a world-class innovation and financial hub,” said Robert Chiang, General Manager, Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel. “The hotel will cater to the increasing demands of international and domestic travelers who come to Shenzhen for both business and leisure. We look forward to welcoming and connecting guests with our savvy Renaissance Navigators, who handpick local experiences and hidden gems for our guests in this vibrant city. We offer an open invitation to experience the unexpected, inspiring stories worth retelling.”

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Renaissance Shenzhen Luohu Hotel is centrally located in Luohu District where shopping, dining, entertainment and cultural experiences await discovery. In the neighborhood is Dong Men Pedestrian Street, King Glory Shopping Plaza and Hua Qiang North Electronic Street. The hotel is an easy 35 minutes’ drive from Shenzhen International Airport, making it ideal for all business and leisure travelers in the region.

For reservation or more info, please visit . To sign up as Marriott Bonvoy members to enjoy member exclusive benefits, please visit

Place Address: 2002 Jiabin Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen
Phone Number : 0755-2518 5888

New Executive Chef with new menu at Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen

Renowned chef Hoo Yau-meng from Malaysia has been newly appointed by the Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen as the executive chef.
Joining the hotel in September, Mr. Hoo is launching a new menu at the 360° Bar as well as at the Restaurant and Lounge to take guests on an exhilarating culinary journey.


Mr. Hoo has more than 19 years of experience in the hospitality industry, throughout which he has fine-tuned his passions for sourcing local food materials and integrating them into his creations.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Hoo held important positions at Raffles Hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Traders Hotel by Shangri-La, Kerry Hotel and Hotel Jen.

While retaining the most popular classic cuisines on the Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen menu, Mr. Hoo is innovating new additions for eager foodies.

Sitting at the romantic 360°Bar、Restaurant & Lounge and taking in the beautiful sceneries of Shenzhen and Hong Kong, guests will find every bite of each dish a delight.


For starters, Mr. Hoo celebrates the art of traditional French cuisine with ingenious cooking methods. Signature delicacies include the baked MSC scallop with homemade XO sauce, escargot-stuffed mushroom, and smooth and tender snail meat with butter.


For main courses, Mr. Hoo has chosen Australian M6 Wagyu beef steak to feature. The steak, rich in a milky flavor, will bring out the characteristic Wagyu taste diners yearn for. The tender rib-eye steak, sirloin steak and juicy beef fillet will also excite foodies’ taste buds. Must-try main courses also include Italian Parma ham with honey melon, dehydrated tomato bruschetta with feta cheese, and pomodoro sauce and pesto with penne pasta.


Don’t miss the desserts! Hoo is bringing the eye-catching strawberry tart with warm strawberry juice, timeless Earl Grey tea chocolate cake, and mango panna cotta with fresh fruit and coconut meringue, which will be the perfect top-off to any meal.


Place Address:  Level 31-32, Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen, East Side, Railway Station, 1002 Jianshe Road, Luohu
Phone Number: 0755-8396 1380

Take a Quick Tour with Us!


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Happy National Holiday, everyone!

We’re pretty sure you all had a grand time celebrating this golden week with family and friends – cruising to faraway exotic vacation spots, dipping your toes into that fine white sand,  tasting good food, and finally catching up on some of the items in your bucket list.

With this long time off, we decided to take a quick tour at Sam’s Club at Puxi to check out the latest happenings with our friends!

Whole rotisserie chicken gets sold 3,000+ a day!

At Sam’s Club, where millions of meals were eaten, the catering area is particularly popular with its members. Many customers make it a point to go straight to the roasted food section to grab the famous rotisserie chicken!

This particular chicken gets sold more than 3,000+ a day during peak season and is a must-buy for Sam’s Club shoppers.

Why? For 1.5 kg of chicken, you can already buy this at less than ¥40!

Also, only Tyson chickens, known leaders in the poultry industry as processors of live poultry from their origins, were selected. A private secret recipe was used for the marination of these chickens before being transported directly to Sam’s Club stores for roasting. Sam’s back kitchen is equipped with a German imported oven, which strictly controls the oven temperature and roasting time to ensure that each chicken has the same excellent taste.

 Member’s Mark 

Whole Rotisserie Chicken

¥39.8/ 1.5 kg.

Yummy Aussie beef up for grabs! 

Sam’s Club also prides itself with the beef it puts into the shelves – particularly the Australian beef kind. Only cereals were used to feed Australian “aboriginal cattle” for 100 days, growing in lush aquatic areas and equipped with professional dietitians from an early age.

Here at Sam’s Club, beef from different parts are available to satisfy everyone’s appetite, and they are pretty affordable too! Customers usually just spend less than ¥50 a piece with an average of 3 pieces in a box.

But the fun does not end there! You can taste these on the spot too, right after they are cooked in front of you!

Professional chefs randomly select steaks on the shelves, cook them on the spot and slice them into individual pieces for unlimited tasting. To highlight the advantages of steak, only salt and pepper are added in the cooking process, which does not hide the strong flavor of the beef itself, and the ripeness can also feel the temptation of popping juice.

When the steak is split, the fat part is especially removed so that every guest can have the best part.

Go ahead and line up to find out yourself how good Sam’s Club beef is!

 True Aussie Beef

*Price subjective to weight

Seafood is gaining popularity! 

We also found more interesting things too at Sam’s Club – particularly the seafood! There are a variety of cod fillets, salmon and sablefish steaks available for purchase. Here’s a little trivia though – Sam’s Club does not sell live seafood, but they have frozen seafood available. This assures its customers that all displayed seafood are safe to eat as the quality of the food is better controlled when frozen.

Just looking at that colorful, high-quality fish fillets makes us crave a tasty fish and chips dinner! Yum!


Member’s Mark


¥158.6 / 600g.

Member’s Mark

Frozen Pangasius Fillet

¥47.8 / 1.2kg.

12 Day Eggs!? 

Another interesting find in Sam’s Club is its eggs! Compare to normal eggs with a shelf life for 30 days, none of Sam’s Club eggs can stay on its shelves for more than 12 days in order to keep them fresh for you. All eggs are tested already for salmonella and are marked with its “birthdate.” All eggs that are past 12 days from its birthdate are taken off and discarded.

This totally takes freshness to a different level indeed.

Member’s Mark

Fresh Eggs

All eggs are sterilized and source-traceable.

¥29.8 / 1.5kg.

FINALLY, Fresh Produce!

What is a supermarket without fresh fruits and a very efficient way to maintain them? Sam’s Club actually has pre-installed coolers in their Produce Walk-In area to keep these fresh for its customers! Talk about cool!

No wonder these cherries, bananas, and kiwis are looking so fresh, despite coming from faraway countries like Australia and the Philippines! All ready for us to take them home!



¥19.9 / 1.4kg.

Member’s Mark


¥299 / 2kg.

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Zespri Jumbo Sungold


¥199 / 3kg.

Wow! That ends our quick trip to Sam’s Club this National Holiday, pretty much excited with the fresh high-quality meat and produce we were able to take us home to try out! Certainly, this won’t be the last!

We hope to catch you at Sam’s Club soon!

To Make Your Life Easier with High-Quality Products!

Sam’s Club takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system where product quality is preserved and controlled from its suppliers to its shelves, prioritizing food safety as much as you do at a great value.

Sam’s quality assurance standard for fresh fruits and vegetables strictly regulates the weight, color and appearance and the level of pesticide residues goods. Different temperature control and regular check towards different products are strictly conducted. Advanced frozen at sea technique and transports with entire cold chain equipment to eliminate food concerns and ensure food freshness and quality are also utilized.

Sam’s Club aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price, only for its valued members.

Sam’s Club provides an English App for you with same-day delivery and next day delivery service to your home or even to your work office. We have also fulfilled a 1-hour delivery service in most parts of our club cities for you to enjoy a quality and hassle-free life in China.

We ensure you that life is better in the club.


Scan the code to join Sam’s Club!


What is Sam’s Club?

Sam’s Club is a high-end member-only store with a history of over 30 years, over 800 clubs, and 50 million members worldwide. Sam’s takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system, where product quality is controlled precisely from its suppliers to its shelves. Sam’s aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price.

What is Member’s Mark?

Sam’s Club offers over 600 types of high-quality products at competitive prices through its private brand – Member’s Mark. Sam’s suppliers are of the highest caliber and they strictly follow product specifications during production to maintain product quality and integrity.

Sam’s Club Shanghai

Sam’s Club Qingpu



Junction of Jiasong Middle Road and Yejin Road, Qingpu District, Shanghai.

Sam’s Club Pudong



2110 Gaoke West Road, Zhangjiang Town, Pudong New Area, Shanghai.


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Shenzhen

Sam’s Club Futian



Junction of Qiaoxiang Road and Nonglin Road, Futian District, Shenzhen City

Sam’s Club Longgang



Coco Park, Huangge South Road, Longgang District, Shenzhen City

Sam’s Club Longhua 



Yifangcheng, junction of East Ring 1st Road and Meilong Avenue, Longhua District, Shenzhen City


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Hangzhou



Xixi In City, No.1 Wuchang Avenue, Yuhang District, Hangzhou City


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Chengdu



No.223 N.3rd Ring Road 1st Section, Jinniu District, Chengdu City


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Guangzhou



1st Floor, Haiyin Festival City Shopping Center, Yingbin Road, Panyu District, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Beijing

Sam’s Club Shijingshan Beijing


No. 158, Fushi Road, Shijingshan District, Beijing

Sam’s Club Yizhuang Beijing


F1, Yizhuang Creative Life Plaza, No. 6 Wenhuayuan East Road, Daxing District, Beijing

Sam’s Club Shunyi Beijing


S305 (Shunping Road), Shunyi District, Beijing


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Suzhou

Sam’s Club Jinji Lake Suzhou


Linrui Plaza, No. 88, Xihualin Street, Suzhou Industrial Park, Suzhou City

Sam’s Club Mudu Suzhou


Hongxing International Life Square, Changjiang Road, Mudu Town


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Sam’s Club Tianjin



1st Floor, No. 221, Huichuan Road, Xiqing District, Tianjin


08:00 – 22:00 (every day, excluding Chinese New Year)

08:00 – 20:00 (Chinese New Year Eve)

Shenzhen’s Hidden Gems

Shenzhen has a great deal of places to see and visit. Many of them are small or interesting in their own way, but may not warrant a day trip of their own.  So, if you are ever in these areas, here are a few things you can check out.  Oh, and they are all free too.

Xiasha Temple

Serenity in the city

This little ensemble of temples and monuments is located in the unlikeliest of places, behind KKONE shopping mall.  I am unsure if they are newly built to appear older, or if in fact the age is genuine (quite possible since Shixia is one of the older urban villages) either way the more traditional style of the temples along with the modern sleek architecture of the mall provides an interesting juxtaposition.  This is a popular spot for photographers with a mixture of old and new, nice angles and views, and the abundance of people around.  If you come in the evening this is a hive of activity, with kids’ rollerblading or biking, aunties square dancing, or people just lazing around on a hot evening.  Definitely add this place to your list especially if you plan to visit the mall.

Community Buddha

By Metro: Xiasha metro station (line 9)  exit B.  Nearby the KKONE Mall

Shenzhen Industrial Museum

Industrial Design

This is one of the museums that gets very little attention and even fewer visitors, which is a pity because it is a very unique place. One of the biggest in Shenzhen this comprises of 9 whole floors for you to explore.  The theme as you could probably guess from the name is industry, specifically the technologies and industries synonymous with Shenzhen.  Each floor has a different exhibition from Green Power & High Tech Industry to the older style technologies from the 1990’s.  Some of it is pretty interactive too, which is a nice touch.  The building itself oozes industrial coldness but has a certain appeal and as with most buildings in Shenzhen, it looks great.  If you are a technology lover then this is the place for you.  Please bring your passport as you need this to enter.  Cost is free.

Interactive exhibits

Address: Located Civic Centre metro exit B
深圳市工业展览馆 Shenzhen Industrial Museum
福田区福中路3号 (市民广场)
By Metro: Block B, Civic Center, Shenzhen

Wenchuang Dream Park

A beautiful Shenzhen library

This wouldn’t ordinarily make any list of places to see in Shenzhen, but it makes this one because of the beautiful small library there.  Tucked away deep in Bao’an this is a chore to get to. As you walk to the park you’ll be dodging e-bikes and navigating a construction site, but it is a nice little quirky oasis in the city.  The area will appear dead quiet, and it is, mainly because there is no real reason for the locals to come here.  With a nice little rose garden, some graffiti dotted about and a large lake, it is nice enough to look at but nothing you can’t get in another part of the city.  The star attraction is undoubtedly the library.  It is incredibly beautiful and makes for wonderful photographs. Hidden inside a glass capsule it feels futuristic and incredibly cool. There will be some people quietly reading books or even napping, its very very quiet here so I can understand why.

Scenic lake next to the library

Qiaotou Metro station line 11 exit C
Cross-Strait Wenchuang Dream Park, 8 Renshan Street 2, Bao’an District

SoFun Land

Sheldon looks down from SoFun Land

Written about in a previous ShenzhenParty article, this is a place that growing in popularity but which is still not widely known in the city.  Home of the Jardin Orange Art Studio and with little cafes and bars dotted around, this a nice place for a walk.  Very quiet during the weekdays, it comes alive a bit at night with local students from the university campus frequenting here.  The star of the show here is the graffiti art murals that are splashed around, some big some small, all very cool.  You can spend hours on a hunt for your favourite one.  This area is rapidly developing and no doubt SoFun Land will develop with it, who knows it may even rival OCT LOFT one day.

Graffiti art is everywhere here

By Metro: Tanglang metro station exit D
Address: 133 Tangxing Lu, Nanshan District

Shenzhen Graffiti Wall

Unique Shenzhen atrraction

This is the classic definition of a hidden gem.  Located in the HongHu Park this wall stretches for at least 1 km if not more.  On it you will find some of the most creative and original graffiti murals in the city.  From ‘Rick & Morty’ to ‘Big Fat Chicken’ there is something that will be sure to make everyone laugh.  The wall is often updated with fresh murals too so each time you go there is a chance it will be different.  While you’re here be sure to check out the park itself which is one of my favourites in the city. Large and clean it is nice to walk around and get some peace and quiet.  With a large lake and many benches around it is a good place to relax.  During peak summer season the lotus flowers are in bloom and this park becomes one of the most popular places in the city, during the other 9 months or so of the year it is pretty quiet.

More graffit art for you to see

By Metro: HongHu metro station line 7 Exit D (inside the park)
Address: No. 2023 Wenjin Bei Lu, Luohu District

Abandoned Theme Park

Theme park left to the elements

Located nearby the restaurant complex of 1979 Futian this former theme park now lays abandoned and it makes for an interesting sight.  Left to decay away over the years this has become a Shenzhen photographers favourite spot, due to its interesting theme and composition.  Many photo walks have taken place here.  Technically you cannot get too close to the machines, however if at your own risk you choose to then, it is perfectly doable, just slip through a gap in the fence, however sometimes the guard will be there and stop you.  Sunset on a good weather day is especially great here, and afterwards 1979 makes for a good place to eat and drink.


By metro: Xiangmei North station exit B2
Address: 1979 Culture and Innovation Park, 1011 Qiaoxiang Lu, Futian District福田区侨香路1011号1979文化创意园区A区3栋1层
Shenzhen Soil & Water Conservation Park

Eco friendly walk

This free ‘park’ of sorts is located in the Xili sub-district of Nanshan.  What’s appealing about this place is just how quiet it is, not even the locals come here.  You can sit at the base of the mountain and look over the reservoir while having a peaceful moment or two.  There are some unique geological features of this place which make it worth an hour or two of your time and you can get a few Insta worthy snaps in as well.  It’s a good place to stroll, climb a hill and get some good views of nature.  Closed on Mondays

Slice of nature

Address: No. 4148, Shahe Road West, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区沙河西路4148号)

MOCAPE Building

Unbelievable architecture

Possibly the coolest building in the whole of Shenzhen, upon entering you will be left amazed as a result of its sheer outstanding beauty. Housed in a silver dome, this is an easily recognizable building, with it’s reflective colours, sleek design and cool edges.  It is topped off by a large silver cloud in the middle.  This houses ever changing exhibitions, including fashion week and design week.  It also has a semi-permanent ‘40 years of Shenzhen exhibition’.  This is most definitely a building for any budding photographer.  Closed on Mondays. Bring you passport with you.

Very photogenic building

By Metro: Children’s Palace Metro Station exit A1
Address: No.184, Fuzhong rd, Futian District, Shenzhen

Shenzhen has many more of these ‘hidden gems’ to explore, some truly hidden and some simply new that nobody yet knows about.  Get off at a random metro station and have a look around, walk into areas you haven’t been before and see what’s there. You never know you may yourself discover some ‘hidden gems.’  

Want to read about more cool and interesting places in Shenzhen?  Here are some links to some other places you can explore and enjoy.  And please keep following for more updates about wonderful Shenzhen to explore. 

Terrace: A Look Back At 13 Years Of Live Music

Ever since they first took to the stage more than 13 years ago, Terrace has been an essential part of the live music scene in Shenzhen. Over the years, they have had future pop stars perform, won countless awards, and had some legendary nights along the way. Shenzhen Party sat down with founders Jon and Leon to discuss how Terrace came to be, how it has grown over the years, and what the future holds.

Shenzhen Party: So, how did Terrace begin? How did it all come together?

Leon: It had its genesis in 1999 when I met Jon in Qingdao. At that time I was doing a solo gig doing lots of Chinese material and he had a job that took him to Qingdao quite often. You know, I don’t think we said anything about opening a bar at the time, but later when I moved to another bar to help a guy get the band and sound system together, Jon said to me, “Why don’t you just do this yourself?”

Jon: So that’s sort of where the idea started. It took us maybe three or four years to find this location. While we were focused on doing live-music, the location came with a kitchen, so we decided to offer authentic Thai cuisine with the help of some Thai chefs we knew who were working in Hong Kong.

Shenzhen Party: Can you remember the opening night? What was it like?

Leon: I can remember the first night. It was very, very interesting. I was on vocals and keyboard. We had a female vocalist, then guitar, bass, and drums. So it was a much different set up then we have now.

Jon: I remember you did King of Pain by The Police.

Leon:King of Pain, yeah.

Leon: We did some Chinese songs. We did some Wu Suo Wei, and we were still doing Yue Liang Day Biao Wo De Xin at that time, and Ai Bu Ai Wo. You know, all the classics. Funny thing was, at that time, we weren’t doing as much hard music.

Jon: Yeah, more ballads. Because we were trying for that transition from the meal to the party. So now we kind of kick in right away. We started the live-music a lot earlier at that time.

Leon: I think we actually had our floor punctured that first night.

Jon: Yeah, we had some soft pine floors at the time, so the ladies were dancing so hard that they put their heels right through the floor.

Leon: That’s the way you’ve got to paint that story!

Shenzhen Party: What has been your proudest moment over the years?

Leon: For me personally, it’s to have lasted this long and to be good at it. I can’t say that I had a timeline when I first got involved here. But if you had said that in 2019, you’re still going to be doing this, I think I would have been unlikely to believe that.

Jon: I would say that it’s a proud moment on a big night, whether it be a weekend night or a holiday or a big show or New Year’s Eve – the place is packed and you look around and people are enjoying the food, they are enjoying the drink, the fantastic live entertainment. You sort of have a chance to take it in and say, ‘Huh, it’s really cool that people are really enjoying this.” That’s what it’s all about.

Shenzhen Party: What has been the toughest challenge?

Jon: I think just personalities and learning how to get along with each other. How to be managers, how to be owners, how to be bosses. It’s usually the hardest thing. I think we’ve matured a lot in that regard.

Leon: The biggest challenge for me is to be able to close my mouth and open my ears, and have a listen to what everyone else is saying before I make my mind up. In this kind of business, you either learn to work with different kinds of personalities and points of views, or you die. It’s kind of as simple as that.

Jon: We were like newlyweds. We went through the honeymoon period, and then you face challenges and you have different opinions, so you have to figure out how to work together with everyone. Once you figure out how to work with everyone, it’s a lot easier.

Shenzhen Party: I’m sure you are spoilt for choice, but what has been your favorite night at Terrace?

Jon: I think one of my favorite nights was one of our anniversary parties. Eumme had an especially great show. We had the three piece brass section. They are not normally part of our show. That really popped out. The show was great, the lights were great, the band were great, the audience was happy.

Leon: I mean, most memorable night…I would say in the last seven or eight years, the New Year’s Eve ones have been really memorable. In 2016, we had a DJ named Mark Ursa. We did big numbers. A lot of champagne was going out. But there was a vibe that night that was crazy. I don’t know how to describe it. It was like the room was moving, the foundation of the place was shaking, and the people were just so into it.

Shenzhen Party: Who has been your favorite performer to take to the Terrace stage?

Leon: Oh, our top is Eumme.

Jon: Yeah, it’s Eumme. She’s quite famous now in the Philippines. She left us and joined a TV competition in the Philippines. She didn’t win it, but I think she was top two or three.

Leon: It was one of those things where she didn’t win it-

Jon:But maybe she should have won it.

Leon: Maybe she should have won it, but it’s like Adam Lambert didn’t win either.

Jon: Her career really took off and now she’s a household name in the Philippines, and we had the privilege of working with her here for a couple of years.

Leon: Musicians of this level don’t just drop out of trees. Jon has always been heavily involved in helping recruit the talent. He and I know what we want. We just think the same way, we like the same types of music, mostly, and we know what we want as far as the vibe for the place. And so when he goes to the Philippines, I trust him completely to find the right people.

Jon: That’s the thing. We don’t have an agency. We’ll hold auditions in the Philippines and we will use all of our contacts. So, all the people we get, are specifically auditioned, and put through their paces. Many are TV singing competition participants, like The Voice, Philppines Got Talent, etc.

Jon: Sometimes we need to fly their parents out with them. Because it’s one thing if they are going with an existing band and there are five people they’ve known for a long time. But we replace people individually. When somebody leaves, we don’t want to replace the band. For example, with Eumme, we had to a sign contract, get the work visa, fly her and her mother out here, and we put them up for two weeks. And if at the end of that they didn’t like it, we would have paid for them to fly home. And that would have been that. Fortunately, Eumme ended up staying for two years.

Shenzhen Party: Some new performers recently joined Terrace’s lineup. Who are they and what can our readers look forward to?

Jon: We’ve got two new vocalists – Jonathan and Rhyzza. As far as Jonathan goes, in this case, we’d been without a full-time male vocalist for a few months. Because we were looking for the right fit. Sometimes for certain positions, particularly for vocalists, it takes a little time.

Leon: Well, you know, there are great singers who aren’t a great fit. You know what I mean?

Jon: Right, and there’s some singers that are great vocalists but they just don’t have the stage presence. Maybe they don’t move on stage or connect with the audience.

Jon: So Jonathan was introduced by one of our female vocalists, Kris, who had worked with him in Hong Kong. So we initially watched YouTube videos and things were looking really good.

Leon: He was really kicking it on the Queen.

Jon: Yeah he was doing some Queen songs that were very impressive.

Leon: You know, he turned out for me, to be a lot more unique than I thought he was going to be. You know, you pigeonhole a guy and say he’s going to sound like that guy. But when he’s going through the night and he’s doing different songs, it’s still him. So, even when he’s doing a Queen song, it’s still him. He does Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, which is kind of a standard bar song. And he pulls it off great.

Jon: And then the other person we brought on was Rhyzza. We initially saw Rhyzza when I was looking through videos on YouTube of live shows from a particular bar in Manila. And I saw Rhyzza performing there, and I wondered if anyone in our network knows her. And we just started asking around, and luckily enough somebody knew her. So I contacted her.

Leon: We both flew down and we saw her at a casino there in Manila. I sat down and I ordered a drink, and I don’t think she knew that I was there. But when she sang her songs, she sang very well. And she performed very well, and when the guy sang, she was still the same. You know, a lot of the time you see these performers and it goes from one to the next and the one that’s not performing suddenly becomes lifeless or starts fiddling with this thing or that thing. And the thing that I admired about her the most was that she was on 100% of the time. From the start of the set to when the set ended, she was on.

Shenzhen Party: Terrace has already had such a fantastic and long history, but what can our readers look forward to in the future?

Leon: People ask us about expansion all the time and why there isn’t Terrace 2 and Terrace 3. And I think there are various reasons why. You know, some opportunities have come and gone. But I think personally, I’m happy it worked out this way. If we had opened a second place before we were ready, it could have killed both places. You know, when you make a product you need to ship. So if you are going to do a franchise or another Terrace, you got to be ready to ship.

Jon:Yeah we are sort of on our own journey. We often talk about Kaizen, the Japanese term for constant incremental improvement. There will still be constant improvements in every regard from bartending, kitchen, to sound system, and decoration. We are pretty confident when it comes to live music. But in some other areas, we are still learning. And we are still getting the right people involved with us. So part of it is getting the right team.

Leon: What is it that book said?

Jon: Getting the right people on the bus, getting the wrong people off the bus.

Leon: Yeah, exactly.

Leon: I just realize that we sound way too humble and that we actually really rock at what we do! It’s good to be confident, but it’s also good to be realistic.

Jon: We think we’re now ready to execute on another live music venue. We’re not sure whether that will be in China or elsewhere in Asia, whether it will be live party music or a different musical concept, but with our 14 years of experience, track record of success and passion for live music, we’re confident we can create more amazing live music venues for our customers.

Place Name:  Terrace

Place Phone: (0755) 2682-9105

Official WeChat Account: Terrace Shenzhen


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

Four Ways to Explore Dongguan in October

The holiday has slipped away so quickly, and now it’s time to explore our neighboring city once again. Check out these events Dongguan has to offer this month!

TO BE PERFECT ART EXHIBITION at South China Art Museum and Art Space (33 Town)

October 13-27

The To Be Perfect art exhibition is coming to the South China Art Museum and Art Space in 33 Town this month. The grand opening party lands on the 13th and starts at 3 pm. Visitors can meet most of the minds behind the show. Drinks and snacks are provided by Bar Ink, and everyone is invited to attend.

HERE!’S ART SHARING SALON at Starbucks (DG Mall)

October 17

Meet friends and explore the depths of art together, as well as experience the Starbucks seminar and paper cup painting. Entry is free but space is limited.


October 18

Hostaria celebrates its 5th anniversary by throwing a massive party. Everyone is welcome to join the cake cutting after 10 pm and enjoy sparkling wine. Listen to music from a live DJ. A lucky draw will be hosted as well, so book your table in advance.


October 25 – November 3

Come and engage with monsters, demons and magical creatures in our interactive game zone, and take photos in the frightening photobooth. Make sure you are one of the escape artists while experiencing Room Break. The iconic HERE! Trick or Treat tour sets out at 6 pm on the 26th. Enjoy food, drinks and live music.

For more information about these events and more, contact HERE! via the QR below and get ready to have some Dongguan fun!

HERE!’s Customer Service Account

70th Anniversary National Day Light Show

Next week marks the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, and to celebrate Shenzhen is going all out. The light show at the Civic Centre has had a revamp and now has additional special effects to celebrate the National Day holiday.

Every building around the Civic Centre, Futian, is lit up with a multitude of colours, patterns and images for about 20 minutes. To add to the ambience the light show is accompanied by uplifting music, including the songs ‘I love you China’ and ‘Me and my country’. It begins with the buildings being lit up in red with gold stars and Chinese writing to emulate the Chinese flag. The buildings go dark momentarily then a countdown begins, and the buildings explode with light and colour, as if there are fireworks right in front of you. Flames, seascapes with schools of tropical fish, rivers of colour, and beams of light from the very top of the Ping An Finance Centre are just a few of the stunning sights you will see in the middle of the Futian CBD.

Shenzhen National Day Light Show
Credit: Lin Songtao/Shenzhen Daily

Each time you think the show has finished and they can’t possibly have thought of anything more impressive, it’s as if a new show begins, even brighter and more colourful than the one before. There are many light shows in cities around the world; however, with this National Day special Shenzhen has surpassed them all.

Shenzhen National Day Light Show
Credit: Lin Songtao/Shenzhen Daily

From 20th September to 15th October you can watch the light fantastic in the centre of the city three times every evening – at 19:30, 20:30 and 21:00. The best places to see the spectacular show are right in the centre of the Civic Centre plaza, where you will be surrounded by light and colour, or Lianhua Shan Park. If you go a little early and don’t mind putting in some effort, climb up to Deng Xiao Ping’s statue for the best view of the whole area.

There is no better way to celebrate the 70th birthday of the People’s Republic of China than to see Shenzhen’s unmissable light spectacular.

MARCO POLO SHENZHEN Offer 20% off on Celebration of National Holiday

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, Marco Polo Shenzhen launched the “National Holiday Promotion”, allowing guests to enjoy more benefits while enjoying the hospitality. Book your room now and enjoy the 20% discount on the best rates. Guests can also bring two children under the age of 12 to take a family trip. During this holiday, you don’t have to travel long distances to relax, a comfortable and worry-free intercity trip could also bring an amazing National holiday.

Marco Polo Shenzhen is located in Futian CBD, the center of Shenzhen, with close proximity to the Shenzhen Civic Centre, Convention & Exhibition Center, and GZ-SZ-HK Express Railway Futian Station. It can take many subway lines within 5 minutes-walk and it takes only tens of minutes to drive from multiple transportation hubs and ports. Surrounded by several large shopping malls, which could meet all your demands at one time. In addition to shopping and entertainment, you can also relax and stay away from the hustle and bustle, and enjoy a sauna or spa peacefully.

As one of the Marco Polo hotels under the Wharf Hotels Group, Marco Polo Shenzhen has completed the comprehensive upgrade of the guest rooms, suites and the Continental Club in 2018. Guest can overlook the panoramic city view in the high-rise hotel guest rooms. The range of dining options is superb and features Asian & Western specialties in Café Marco, a light meal in Connect Lobby Lounge and Deli, classic Japanese cuisine in Nishimura, Chiu Chow cuisine in Carrianna restaurant.

For inquiry or booking, please dial(86 755)8298 9888 or email to:

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan Held Trendy Wedding Show themed on Regression Line

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan Held Trendy Wedding Show

themed on Regression Line

Recently, Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan held the 2019 Wedding Show in its Grand Ballroom jointly cooperated with one of the best wedding planner company Top Wedding, presented the guests with a marvelous visual feast.

The wedding show was designed by the international famous wedding designer Professor Caleb RAI, with the inspirations from regression lines existed in this world, combining the simple & pure interior design of Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan.  The wedding show highlighted the concept of ‘go home’ and was decorated with the color of ‘dreamy blue’.

Entering the foyer of ballroom, the first thing that comes into sight is the wedding-themed dessert elaborately prepared by the hotel pastry chef. The show started with an elegant ballet performance. Later on, the models with wedding dress featuring flowers appear slowly following the spotlight, looking graceful. Afterwards, the Q&A interaction and lucky draw activities led the atmosphere to climax.

The grand Ballroom of Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan covers an area of 900 square meters, and the foyer of 360 square meters is an ideal location for the reception. The pillar-free grand ballroom can meet various demands of both Chinese and Western wedding style. The ballroom is equipped with 80 square meters of 4K HD P2.5 full-color LED screen, which is also the largest embedded LED in Shenzhen.

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan with its innovative cuisine team and professional event team, has been known as the best hotel choice for wedding, business event and various celebrations.

Hotel address: No. 88, Haide Yi Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区海德一道88号

Tel: 0755 – 8666 6666

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Newly opened hotel in the heart of Yantian District of Shenzhen brings Hyatt Regency brand’s signature hospitality and connecting guests to the booming city

Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian opened in the east of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China on August 8th ,2019. The 293-room hotel aims to bring the Hyatt Regency brand’s signature intuitive service and energizing experiences to business and leisure guests alike.

As part of a newly concepted Recreational Business District, Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian is located in the heart of Yantian District, neighboring Dameisha Beach and Overseas Chinese Town East along a 12 mile (19.5 kilometers) golden coast. Within an hour’s drive to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, the hotel is also half an hour to Shenzhen Railway Station and only a five-minute drive to the Shatoujiao port of entry to Hong Kong.

“We sincerely appreciate the support from our owner, Shenzhen Vanke Binhai Real Estate Ltd. and are excited to see the Hyatt Regency brand footprint grow in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA),” said Stephen Ho, president, Greater China, global operations at Hyatt. “We look forward to welcoming our guests to Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian with confidence for a world-class hospitality experience.”


Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian was designed by the renowned HEITZ PARSONS SADEK and features 293 contemporary guest rooms with varied dimensions ranging from 462 square feet to more than 2,300 square feet (43 square meters to 215 square meters). There are 20 suites, four Regency Executive Suites and one Presidential Suite, all of which are spacious and located on the 42nd to the 50th  floor. Select rooms offer gorgeous ocean views and all rooms feature high-quality amenities and panoramic French windows. Guests staying in Club Access Rooms and Suites can enjoy the exclusive Regency Club benefits on the 49th floor.

Dining and Drinking

The hotel offers several fine dining restaurants that cater to varying tastes and group sizes, including:

XIANGYUE, a Chinese Restaurant on the 6th floor providing authentic Cantonese flavors as well as cuisines of neighboring areas. A comfortable experience that feels like dining in a country village, the restaurant’s layout includes a “Dai Pai Don” style open kitchen offering guests a high-touch taste of Cantonese life.

Market Café is a stylish all-day dining restaurant where guests can enjoy a collection of global delicacies. Whether buffet breakfast and dinner, or all-day a la carte service, Market Café will satisfy any taste with a flavorful option. The Lounge is the ideal place to gather friends or family and enjoy themed afternoon tea and various hand-crafted cocktails. Guests can also visit the Sky Lobby, ideal for connecting with colleagues over a vibrant scenery. For a stress-free meal, the hotel offers 24-hour in-room dining services with a range of selections available anytime.

Meetings and Events

To build a dynamic experience for groups that feels connected, motivated and inspired, the hotel events team will be at hand to support customers during conferences, special events and weddings. The hotel offers nearly 25,000 square feet (2,321 square meters) of meeting and event space in total, including a 12,916 square foot (1,200-square meter) pillar-free grand ballroom and five salons equipped with high-tech audio and video systems. Additionally, the ballroom 612 foyer provides more than 6,500 square feet (612 square meters) of flexible pre-functional space to perfectly showcase the creativity of any event.

The scenic surroundings at Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian create the perfect backdrop for weddings of all sizes. A bridal suite with separate fitting room and living room is situated right beside the grand ballroom to deliver a brilliant wedding experience. Wedding package opening special offer

Starts from 5999 per table and meeting package from 398 per person half day.


Guests can relax in the hotel’s refreshing outdoor pool or work out anytime at the hotel’s fully equipped fitness center featuring state-of-the-art equipment.

“Inspired by the hotel’s surroundings, the hotel was built with the concept of bringing the forest into the city, offering guests a place to take a deep breath of fresh air and bask in the beautiful scenery,” said Mary Liu, general manager of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian. “As a bridge between GBA and the Pearl River Delta area, Shenzhen is at the core of this booming region. We are delighted to deliver Hyatt’s well-known expertise in food and beverage and full range of services and amenities for a productive stay.

Special Offer

To celebrate the opening of Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian, guests will enjoy special rates starting from CNY888 net, including two breakfasts daily at Market Café, for stays now through September 30, 2019.

For additional information or to make a reservation for Hyatt Regency Shenzhen Yantian, please visit

Macau’s Hottest Events in September

We’ve been waiting for September all summer long! It is the month when Macau cools down after summer heat and everyone is coming back from holidays and ready to “party”. The city is buzzing with dining, art and cultural events. We are especially excited about the Fireworks and Rose Revolution – definitely not to be missed! See you in Macau this September!

Spectacular Fireworks at 233 Meters

AJ Hackett Macau Tower is having its Skywalk Spectacular Fireworks at 233 Meters on six dates this September and October! If you’ve never been up there, this is the ultimate chance to enjoy a walk on one of the world’s highest towers, while enjoying an amazing fireworks show on the nights of the International Fireworks Display Contest.

This year, there’s a celebration duo: the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Macao SAR, and the 30th anniversary of the contest. Join in on the fun at special prices, so bring your friends and family and don’t forget the camera so these moments can stay with you forever. The ticket includes Skywalk & viewing of fireworks, a t-shirt, an e-Certificate, a membership card, videos and photos, and Tower admission ticket.

When: September 21 and 28, October 1 and 5, 2019

Where: AJ Hackett Macau Tower, AJ Hackett Macau Tower Limited Level T2 – Adventure Zone – Macau Tower Macau, Macau

How much: MOP $788 per person, $758 per person for groups of four people or above

For more information, check their website and for bookings, send an email to

30th Macau International Fireworks Buffet Dinner

 Witness the spectacular fireworks display over the Macau skyline as Mandarin Oriental, Macau’s culinary team prepares an array of scrumptious delights at Vida Rica Bar. Highlights include fresh seafood from oysters to sashimi, live carvings and a dedicated dessert spread.

The menu starts with various salads (including a marvelous lentil salad with tuna, kales, pomegranates and teriyaki wasabi dressing), a charcuterie station–every meat lover’s paradise–but also a seafood bar with sashimi, oysters, lobsters and more. Hot appetizers include deep-fried Chinese churro stuffed with seafood paste, pan-seared foie gras with fig jam, crispy fried wagyu beef and vegetable spring roll. There is also an array of hot dishes, a live carving station and lots of desserts to try at this dining experience to remember!

When: 7:30pm–10:00pm, September 21, 28 and October 1 and 5, 2019

Where: Vida Rica BarMandarin Oriental, Macau, 945 Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE

How much: MOP $588 per person, MOP $688 per person (window seating), plus 10% service charge

Children aged five and below – free entrance; children aged six to 10 years old – 50% off normal price

Beverages packages: Additional MOP $138 per person for free flow of soft drinks, juices, beer and mocktails

Additional MOP $248 per person for free flow of wine, cocktails, soft drinks, juices, beer and mocktails

For more information and reservations, call+853 8805 8928, send an email to or check their Facebook event page

Stand Up Comedy at The Roadhouse Macau. Double Headliner Bill

From the creators of All Irish Stand Up Comedy Night, The Roadhouse Macau presents you with Stand up Comedy. Double Headliner Bill! On Thursday, September 26, it hosts another night of infectious laughter with hilarious Jeff Innocent and Jeremy O’Donnell.

Jeff Innocent is a popular and experienced stand up comedian, actor, writer, and cultural commentator. As a stand up comedian, he has reached near-legendary status among his peers and audience alike by staying at the top of his game for over 15 years. He was voted Runner Up in the Facebook Poll for Best Live Club Comedian 2013 and 2014, won Best In Fest at the Norwich Comedy Festival 2014 and was nominated in the 2015 Chortle Awards Best Live Club Act category. His unique appeal lies in the contrast between his East End ‘Geezer’ appearance and demeanor, and his educated, philosophical delivery and subject matter. This inspired The Guardian to describe him as a comedian with, ‘The body of a nightclub bouncer and the brains of a university boffin’.

As an act or compere, Jeremy O’Donnell mixes sharp one-liners with friendly story telling and sparkling off the cuff wit. His cheeky smile and friendly nature have endeared him to audiences all over Britain and as far afield as Berlin, Bahrain, Paris, and Zurich. He has a reputation for reliably strong performances at major comedy clubs nationwide including Jongleurs and The Comedy Cafe. He also tailors his act for regular corporate shows.

When: 6:30pm (doors open for dinner and pre-drinks), 8:00pm (show starts), Thursday, September 26, 2019

Where: The Roadhouse Macau, E-G016-G019 Broadway Food Street, Broadway Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor De Lótus, Cotai

How much: MOP $290, includes two drinks (glasses of wine or bottles of beer)

For more information and reservations, call +853 2875 2945 or check the event’s Facebook page

Rosé Revolution Macau 2019 at MGM Macau

Rosé Revolution 2019 is back by popular demand! Party while celebrating the rosé festival at MGM Macau. Take your chances at exploring and tasting the best rosé from different winemaking regions of the world. Alongside the world’s best pink wines, guests can also savor different kinds of food and enjoy DJ music performance. Bring some friends and sip on your favorite rosé for a true rosé experience.

Returning for the 9th consecutive year, The Flying Winemaker has chosen four iconic cities across Asia to host Rosé Revolution. Since the inception of the event, Rosé Revolution has made a name for itself to be the leading voice of rosé in Asia. The festival brings together trade, media and consumers to celebrate the style of rosé. The event incorporates food and lifestyle concepts to empower the perception of rosé in the eyes of Asia based consumers.

This year, Macau’s Rosé Revolution will have masterclass sessions! Up to three, 45-minute masterclass sessions will be held at each event. Each session will have a maximum capacity of 20 seats. This provides an intimate experience for wine fanatics to really learn about the producer and winemaking techniques that make their rosé special. Ticket holders can sign up to attend these masterclasses for free, on a first-served basis.

Just like last year, this 2019 edition also includes a pink dim sum feast! After the success of the pink dim sum rosé pairing offered from the Shanghai and Macau leg of Rosé Revolution 2018, rosé and food offerings are back, with special pink menus. Inspired by the pinky hue of rosé wine, Imperial Court at MGM Macau will be launching a selection of delightful Rosy Dim Sum from September 1 to 30 in celebration of the month of rosé. Imparting a little creative twist to the usual steamed shrimp dumpling, the champagne infused steamed shrimp dumpling has a hint of fruitiness to enrich this classic dim sum dish. For guests who fancy desserts over savory dishes, deep-fried puffs with lotus paste and snow glutinous rice dumpling stuffed with rose would definitely satisfy their taste bud with layers of goodness.

Founded by award-winning winemaker and wine TV personality, Eddie McDougall, Rosé Revolution was first hosted in Hong Kong in 2011. The festival is now in its ninth consecutive year, witnessed by five bustling cities of Asia: Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, Singapore and Tokyo. Fuelled by the drive to celebrate the rosé lifestyle in Asia, Rosé Revolution is now an impactful influence in shaping consumer and trade perceptions of the wine style.

When: Saturday, 4:00pm–8:00pm, September 28, 2019

Rosy Dim Sum – September 1–30, 2019

Where: Rosé Revolution 2019 – MGM Macau, Vista, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau

Rosy Dim Sum – Imperial CourtMGM Macau, Avenida Dr. Sun Yat Sen, NAPE, Macau

How much: Rosé Revolution 2019 – Early bird tickets – MOP $220 (if purchased between August 11 and September 18, 2019)

Standard tickets – MOP $290 (if purchased between September 19 and 28, 2019)

Rosy Dim Sum at Imperial Court – MOP $42–52

For more information on the Rosé Revolution event, call +853 8802 3888 or check the event’s official website. For reservations and more information on the Imperial Court experience, call +853 8802 2361

For ticketing, click here

Special thanks to our media partner in Macau ‘Macau Lifestyle’ for the article. Should you be interested to know more about what’s going down in Macau, visit their website

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How to Apply FBI Background Check

FBI Background Check and Consular Authentication

With the new policy’s implementation of China State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) from May 2017, most of foreign applicants must provide valid non-criminal records and get Chinese consulate authentication when they apply work permit in China. We will introduce how to apply different countries’ non-criminal records and Chinese consulate authentication one by one. Today we will introduce how to get a USA FBI background check and authentication in Chinese Consulate in USA.


How to apply FBI Background Check

Officially called the Identity History Summary Check(IdHS)


Option 1: Electronically Submit Your Request Directly to the FBI

Official applying website is as below:

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form

Step 2: Select Your Preferences

Step 3: Submit Your Fingerprints

Step 4: Submit Payment

Step 5: Review and Confirm Your Request

Step 6: Check Request Status

Step 7: Receive Your Results


Option 2: Submit Your Request Directly to the FBI Via the Mail

You may also choose to mail all required documents to the FBI directly.

Step 1: Complete the Applicant Information Form

Step 2: Obtain a Set of Your Fingerprints

Step 3: Submit Payment

Step 4: Review and Confirm Your Request

Step 5: Mail the Required Items to the FBI


Option 3: Submit Your Request to a FBI Approved Channeler

Steps are different for different Channelers.

For each option, fingerprint card is a necessary document. Fingerprints should be placed on a standard fingerprint form (FD-258).

Format of FD-258 is as below:


Here are some cities’ fingerprint collecting institutes for your reference:



Notary Public Office:

Address: Rm#8, 13F, Xinbaohui Building, Nanyou Dadao, Nanshan Dist., Shenzhen, Guangdong



Address: Floor 17, Xingye Bank Building, No. 4013, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.


Tel: 0755-86367008,83053935




  1. Shanghai Institute of Forensic Science Ministry of Justice

Address: No. 1347 Guang Fu Lu (W)., Shanghai, China


Telephone: 021-31591347


  1. Shanghai Oriental Notary Public Office

Address: No. 660, Feng Yang Rd., Shanghai, China


Telephone: (021) 6215-4848




Nanfang Notary Public Office

Address: 9-11/F, Xinde Commercial Building, No. 246 Zhongshan Fourth Road, Guangzhou, Guangdong


Tel: 020-83635851, 020-83635833



Tongdashoucheng Institute of Judicial Expertise Science



Tel: 010-8399 4891(Fingerprinting services appointments)

Office hours: Monday – Friday 09:00-15:00



Sichuan QiuShi Judicial Identification Office


Add: 16/F, Builing 2, Hongxing Guoji II, No.69

Qingyun S. Road, Jinjiang Dist, Chengdu, Sichuan


Tel: 028-8675 1183, 028-8678 9392

Office hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 17:00PM


In Shenzhen, there is very few fingerprinting technician who knows FBI’s standards and requirements in Notary Public Offices. Please make sure that the fingerprint card can be used by FBI by yourself.


Finally you will get a digital or original FBI background like below:


How to Apply Chinese Consulate Authentication in USA

Next step is to apply consular authentication in Chinese consulate in USA after getting FBI background check.

Procedure of Consular authentication in Chinese Consulate in USA:

Step 1 Have your document notarized by a local notary public unless it is an original certified copy/certification issued by a competent Federal/ State/local Office.

Step 2 The document needs further to be authenticated by the Secretary of the State where it is executed. Some states require that the document be certified by the County Clerk first. For Federally issued certifications, skip this step, go directly to Step 3.

Step 3 If one of the Chinese Consulate-Generals holds consular jurisdiction (click to check ourservice area map) over you state, you may submit your document to that Consulate-General for final legalization; if not, please get your document authenticated by the U. S. State Department before the Chinese Embassy can finally legalize it. (Please note that your legalization application may be rejected by the Embassy/Consulate General that does not hold consular jurisdiction over the state where your document is executed.)

Official service guide is as below:


Finally, you will get the blue sticker on your FBI background check notarization from Chinese Embassy in USA like this:




Our advantages:

We provide one-stop service to get FBI background check, Chinese consulate authentication, and Chinese translation together.


1. Easy to handle frustrating fingerprints collecting.

We have technician to handle fingerprints collecting.

We don’t need all10 fingers’ clear fingerprints on one standard fingerprint form (FD-258).

Better to find a technician if you are in Shenzhen because the only institute to provide fingerprints collceting is Notary Public. There is no technician who knows standard and requirment for the fingerprint collecting of FBI.


2. Easier and Efficient

You needed fill out so much information online and courier the fingerprint cards to USA to get digital FBI background check if you are out of USA. We have the capability to receive and scan FBI FD-258 manual ink cards  and have your digital FBI background check within hours of submitting fingerprints.

Furthermore, we can get Chinese consulate authenitcation within 7 working days for your FBI background check.


3. Translation Service

Fast translation service is a vailable for your authentication certificate.

Our service will make foreign applicants and HR complete working visa application easily and efficiently in China.

Except of USA, we also provide Chinese Consulate Authentication service in following countries:


We will introduce how to apply Canadian police check and consular authentication in next article! More countries non-criminal records and consular authentication application guidelines are coming soon!


Contact us for more details.

Contact: Olivia

Shenzhen ZIX Consulting Co., Ltd


Skype: olivialcr

Mobile (WeChat): 13684991963

Public Account: ZixConsulting

Address: Room 18NO, Block B, Fortune Plaza, No. 7002, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.

Social Insurance Details for Foreigners in Shenzhen

According to the Interim Measures for Social Insurance System Coverage of Foreigners Working within the Territory of China, foreigner working in China should buy social insurance.

Shenzhen Social Insurance Details for Foreigners:

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1.The average salary of Shenzhen is adjusted to 9309RMB from Jul 1st, 2019.

  1. Foreigner can select No. 2A or No.2B for medical  insurance.
  2. Social insurance base should be same as monthly pre-tax salary.
  3. Insurance for Injury at work’s percentage will be different for different company.
  4. Social insurance is compulsoryin Shenzhen and Housing fund is not compulsoryfor foreigners employed in Shenzhen.


Calculations Examples

E.g.: Foreigner’s monthly salary is 35000RMB, how much for social insurance:

If selecting medical insurance category I(2A):

Employer pays:


Employee pays:



If selecting medical insurance category II(2B):

Employer pays:


Employee pays:



Who? What documents needed?

Who can buy social insurance?

Foreigner who gets work permit in Shenzhen.


Documents for buying social insurance in Shenzhen?

  1. Application form with company seal.
  2. Foreigner Work Permit and copy with company seal.
  3. Passport and copy with company seal.

Company’s social insurance clerk needs to go to Social Insurance Bureau to submit documents.


Financial Social Security Card

When can apply a financial social security card?

Second month after you bought social insurance in Shenzhen can apply.


Where to apply social security card?

Any bank of the following 12 banks in Shenzhen:

China Construction Bank,Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, China Merchants Bank, Ping’an Bank, Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank,China Postal Savings Bank, China Communication Bank, China CITIC Bank, China Minsheng Bank, China Everbright Bank.


Documents for applying financial social security card for foreigners:

  1. Original Passport
  2. Photo Receipt for Social Security Card (Can take in a photo studio)


How much need to pay for financial social security card?

Free for first-time application,20RMB for non-first-time application.


Mutual Exemption Countries

Which countries signed mutual exemption agreement with China?


Foreigners from above countries who can apply for exemption for certain insurance categories after submitting the participation certificate and written application form with company official seal to local Social Security Bureau through the employer.



How to apply to refund social insurance before foreigners leave China?

Need to stop buying social insurance first.


Documents needed:

  1. Application Form with company seal.
  2. Passport.
  3. Work permit or Cancellation cerficate of work permit.
  4. Bank card of any China 4 major state-owned banks (Construction Bank, Industrial and commercial bank, Bank ofChina, Agriculture Bank).

Must provide financial social security card if have.

Originals and copies for 2,3,4.

How much can be refunded:

Only can refund the employee parts.


Housing Fund in Shenzhen

Foreigners can buy housing fund in Shenzhen.

Documents needed:

  1. Passport
  2. Bank Account Opening Receipt for Category I bank card in any one of the following seven banks:

China Construction Bank, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Bank of China, China CITIC Bank, Industrial Bank, Bank of Communications, China Merchants Bank.


Official link for Interim Measures for Social Insurance System Coverage of Foreigners Working within the Territory of China:

Feel free to contact us for more details.


Contact: Olivia

Company Name: Shenzhen ZIX Consulting Co., Ltd

Address: Room 18NO, Block B, Fortune Plaza, No. 7002, Shennan Road, FutianDistrict, Shenzhen.


Mobile (WeChat): 13684991963

Company Public Account: ZixConsulting

Take A Trip Through Thai Cuisine At The InterContinental Shenzhen

There are two types of people in the world. Those who love Thai food, and those who haven’t tried Thai food yet. The much-loved cuisine has found its way into our hearts and our bellies with its Tom Yum Soup and Pad Thai. These famous dishes put Thailand on the culinary map, but take a closer look and you will find a whole country full of local dishes and regional delicacies that are just as, if not more, delicious.

In an announcement that is sure to excite foodies, The InterContinental Shenzhen have brought award-winning chef Paiboon Sopa from the InterContinental Hefei to share a masterclass in Thai cuisine. From Friday 6th September to Monday 30th September, Coriander Thai Restaurant will host a celebration of Thai cuisine with Paiboon preparing some of his favorite dishes from all over Thailand.

Paiboon has spent his life travelling and learning about Thai food. From going to work in a kitchen in Chiang Mai at the age of the 16, he went on a journey around his country to work in restaurants and learn regional cooking styles and how to prepare local dishes.

For the past six years, Paiboon has been bringing his unique blend of Thailand’s favorite dishes to diners in China. Over the time spent working in kitchens, he has learned how to craft a menu that showcase the best in Thai cuisine while also appealing to local tastes.

The menu that Paiboon has prepared for InterContinental Shenzhen reads like a map of Thailand with all its culinary treasures marked out for food lovers to enjoy.

All of Thailand is well represented in Paiboon’s special menu. From the north, we have the Chiang Mai specialty of Nam Phrik Ong. The spicy shrimp sauce goes perfectly wrapped up in the crunchy lettuce, while the other fresh vegetables turn the Nam Phrik Ong into a dipping sauce that is impossible to resist. From the center of Thailand, there is a familiar favorite. Tom Yum Soup is Thailand’s most popular export and not without a very good reason. Here, Paiboon gives it an extra wallop that is sure to go down well with local lovers of spicy dishes. Not to be left out, the south of the country is well represented by the grilled chicken specialty, Gai Yang. Resting on a bed of fresh vegetables, the chicken invites you in with its scented fragrance and practically drips off the bone as you eat it.

It’s seem unfair to focus on just three dishes, because in truth, every dish would be a stand out in any other menu. From the fried shrimp cake that is Tod Man Khoong and the Tom Kha Gai made of coconut milk and chicken broth, to the steamed minced pork wrapped in sago of Saku Sai Moo and the tom yum fried rice of Khao Phat Tom Yum Khoon; Paiboon has really prepared a treat for lovers of Thai food.

There are two types of people in the world. Those who love Thai food, and those who haven’t tried Thai food yet. Regardless of which category you fall under, make time to visit Coriander Thai Restaurant at the InterContinental Shenzhen by the Monday 30th September. You will not be disappointed.

Set Menu

Special Price: RMB328 (Original Price: RMB772)


Shrimp with spicy tomato dip


Fried corn patties

Fried shrimp cake


Chicken broth with coconut milk

Main Courses

Fried fish fillet in three flavors

Stir fried chili clams

Tom Yum fried rice OR Thin vermicelli with seafood


Coconut milk pudding

Promotion Duration: Friday 6th September to Monday 30th September

Address: InterContinental Hotel 9009 Shennan Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen 518053, Guangdong Province, China – Ground Level (深圳市南山区华侨城深南大道9009号深圳华侨城洲际酒店首层)

Tel: (755) 3399 3388 ext 8531

Marvel x Miniso at Coco Park Shopping Mall

If you love Marvel 3000, then you will be excited to learn that Chinese retailer Miniso has partnered up with Marvel to bring you all sorts of merchandise from your favorite superheroes.

Located on B1 in Coco Park shopping mall in Futian, this collaboration is must-see for fans of all things Marvel. From the Mark 42 Iron Man Suit at the entrance to the comic book artwork printed all over the walls, Marvel x Miniso has a range of goodies that would even make The Collector jealous.

From Captain America pencil cases and Iron Man travel pillows, to Thor key rings and Spider-man sports bottles; they really have thought of everything. They even have a Hulk.

However, you may need to be as rich as Tony Stark to be able to buy everything you want. You might try to resist buying an Endgame puzzle or Hulk figurine, but there is no point in coming to bargain. It is inevitable. After leaving the store, your wallet might not feel so good.

While some shoppers might not want to face the busy crowds, Marvel fans could do it all day. So, what are you waiting for? Shoppers assemble.

Address:  B1, Coco Park shopping mall, 3rd Fuhua Road, Futian, Shenzhen (福田街道福华三路星河Coco Park商场负一楼)

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00

Bijia Hill Park. A nice respite from the city


Shenzhen has no shortage of parks, in fact it is officially one of China’s ‘green cities’ because of the sheer abundance of parks, mountains and nature based spots around the city.  The problem with some of these parks is that they can become extremely busy, especially on a sunny weekend, parks such as Lianhuashan can be a madhouse of activity, which is nice, but not if you want a quiet escape. One such option is Bijia Hill or Bijiashan Park.  This is one of the bigger parks in the city, but also one of the quietest. And it is, at least in my opinion, one of the better choices for a quiet break from the hustle and bustle of downtown Shenzhen.

Bijiashan offers some beautiful walking opportunities

What makes this park so appealing is the vast amount of greenery around you, large swathes of grass make it appealing on the eye and fresh for the lungs. There is lots of room for a rest on the grass, a picnic, to play some family games or simply to walk around on and enjoy nature.  And even on a hot day this park is suitable for a daytime stroll because of the large trees and the ample shading that they provide for you.  Long, wide paths make walking around very easy and as with most of the city’s parks, it is very very clean.

Lots of shading around


For those who like a bit of a challenge this park provides a wonderful view point of Futian, a short but rather steep climb up some steps will lead you to a breathtaking viewpoint where you can gape in awe at the metropolis below you.

Lovely view of the city

There is a rest stop here where you can catch your breath and cool down.  Make sure to bring water as there are not so many kiosks around in this park to buy them from.  After you descend down you can see a bowling green, where the locals gather for a game of bowls and a bit of competition with their friends.  Oh and please beware of the snakes when walking around this park.

It’s easy to walk around this park
Beware of the snakes




Suggested time 1-2 hours.

For nature lovers, open space walkers.

Bring water.

Dog friendly, but must be kept on leash.


Unfortunately, it is not really near the subway. You can take the following bus numbers


These bus numbers were accurate at time of writing and may change.

Address: Futian, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, 518029


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Combining Work and Life Together?

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

Shenzhen is a city with the fastest pace of life. As famous art critic John Berger says, “Every city has a sex and an age which have nothing to do with demography”. Rome is feminine, London is an urchin, and Paris is a young man in love with an older woman. As to Shenzhen, I think, must be a man in his twenties – young, energetic, sometimes also chills to enjoy the fun of life.

However, running a small start-up, I was too busy to appreciate the beauty of this city. Everyday when I crowded in the metro, I always wondered when I could find a corner that belongs to myself, a place where I can work comfortably and often get together with like-minded people, a cozy working space where partners can help each other, a little nest where I can spare my leisure time with family and friends after work, a corner where I can watch outdoor movies, barbecue, and get drunk without worrying about commuting the next day.

Such integrated working-living space may be a dreamland to every freelancer or small-scale start-ups. Luckily, during a chance, I became one of the few ones that could settle at a home like this in Buji, Shenzhen.

This villa is an integration of working, relaxing and entertainment, with a simple but also modern style. You will immediately fall into the cozy and convivial atmosphere as you step into the house. Just imagine working on your laptop with your partners in the beanbags, with a can of beer in your hand… how fascinating it is!

On the second floor, there is a square table just perfect for team discussion, and an open area for teamwork. There is also a personal studio, which can provide a relatively quiet and private office environment.

The third floor is a completely open space. This seemingly small space can fully satisfy our daily needs of leisure and entertainment. In your free time, you can gather with your friends and barbecue, play badminton, or fly your drone, etc. There is Wi-Fi and VPN provided in the villa, with which you can also enjoy movies in the nightlight.

This post-modern office space has won the favor of my partners, as in this fast-paced city, it seems so hard to have such a comfortable place to combine work with leisure. You can climb the Jigong Mountain with your partner, or go to the temple and pray. Here you don’t need to worry about alienating from your friends, family, or losing yourself. You will be encouraged to be a modern one who can enjoy life and work at the same time. On the weekends, you will no longer be annoyed with what takeout to order – just cook and reward yourself with a delectable meal.

Various functions

Except for co-working, our villa is also available as venues for various occasions. For example:

– Co-living

– All kinds of parties (e.g. cocktail/barbeque party)

– Cooking event

– English corner

– Reading club

– Small-scale new product launch

– Holiday event

– Coffee/wine tasting

– Flower arranging art

– Yoga meditation

– Small-scale art gallery

We have successfully organized events such as barbeque parties and experience-sharing sessions. We also run activities like dumpling making and ink/body painting, for which you can check out our Airbnb Experiences. If you would like to experience, just scan the QR code below for our Airbnb page, or contact us through our WeChat (375471249).

Dumpling making experience:

Ink and body painting experience:

Our events

The team-building event that we organized for an Indonesian company
Airbnb Experience for a family from the US
Airbnb Experience for a couple form Russia.
“Zongzi” making class on the dragon boat festival

Contact us if you are interested in our villa. Give us the chance to share a different kind of life with you.


+86 18312001007

+86 15999662139

Address: No. 113 (1st Village), Lianhua Shanzhuang, Longgang, Shenzhen