Grand Halloween Tradition at the Wyndham

The Wyndham Grand, Futian, doesn’t do events by halves, and Halloween this year was no exception. The Grand Kitchen, the Wyndham’s buffet restaurant, was host to the Halloween Buffet Dinner. No word could be used to describe it other than ‘spectacular’.

As soon as the elevator doors opened on the third floor, you were greeted by Halloween decorations and spooky sounds. Cobwebs were draped over light fittings; staff were dressed in cloaks and witches hats, with the occasional addition of scars, vampire teeth or dripping blood; skeletons and skulls caught your eye in every direction.

The most remarkable aspect was the amount of effort that had obviously gone into the Halloween themed food. Even the bread was shaped like ghostly faces!

From 6pm to 9.30pm over 100 people came to spend Halloween eating sumptuous savouries and delectable desserts. Appetizers included a selection of Asian-style and Western-style salads, as well as ‘design-your-own’, sushi, sashimi and an array of imported seafood – the Grand Kitchen’s specialty.

Everything from New Zealand scallops to oysters from Iceland, Alaskan salmon to South American shrimp, was available for the guests’ delight.

At the opposite side of the restaurant, a wide variety of Asian and International dishes greeted guests.

Alongside the usual dishes such as beef brisket, braised noodles with seafood, fried sole fish with cream sauce, Chinese BBQ chicken and pork, and Guangdong-style soup, the food was accentuated by Halloween specials.

A ‘Terrorist Mummy’ of BBQ pork rib with sausage was the centrepiece, complete with ketchup blood, laid ready and waiting to feed hungry guests.

The pièce de résistance of the whole experience was – without a doubt – the desserts. This is where the Halloween theme really came alive – or undead! A human brain, a bleeding heart and a dismembered arm were proudly displayed, surrounded by tombstones, spiders and skulls.

Luckily they were filled with delightful flavours like chocolate cake with raspberry and cream filling, almond cake or Swiss roll. They looked so good people were almost afraid to eat them!

As well as these masterpieces there were over 30 different types of dessert, all designed and made by the bakery chef.

Eyeballs filled with chocolate truffle and nuts, honeycomb witch hat cupcakes, Halloween sugar cookies, sweet witch poisoned soup, 3D spider puffs, fruit tarts in mini white chocolate coffins and chocolate spiders were just a few of the petrifying puddings on offer.

The treats didn’t stop at food either. Free-flow soft drinks and beer were also included with the buffet, along with a complimentary glass of wine and exclusive Halloween mocktails.

Free face paint, stick on scars and wounds, hats and masks were provided for anyone who wanted to embrace their inner scariness.

To top off a spectacular evening, what Halloween celebration would be complete without a pumpkin carving competition!

Eight guests took their places in front of fresh pumpkins, ready and waiting for life to be carving into them. Two children joined in, although after a while it became clear that their parents were doing most of the work as the children decided to go elsewhere and play!

After intense concentration and hard work from the participants, the restaurant manager chose a winning pumpkin. All pumpkin carvers received a Wyndham Grand mug as a special gift and the winner also received an exclusive bottle of house wine. The decision was very difficult to make as a lot of thought and effort had gone into every Jack o’lantern.

This was the third consecutive year the Grand Kitchen has put on a special Halloween Buffet and Mask Party, ever since the Wyndham Grand opened in 2015. If you can’t wait until next October, the international seafood buffet is also available every day for lunch and dinner!

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)

The Romantic Flavors of France

Fabrice Bruto

The Langham, Shenzhen’s New Western Executive Chef Fabrice Bruto Presents New Menus

Recently, The Langham, Shenzhen appointed Fabrice Bruto from France as the Western Executive Chef. Fabrice has over 20 years of experience in catering management and is an expert in presenting unique and exquisite lifestyle concepts through the fusion of local food culture with traditional French culinary techniques.

This early autumn, Fabrice has prepared a delicious surprise for you with new seasonal menus for Duke’s and Perch.

Raised in a country known for its refined gastronomy concepts, Fabrice was inspired from a young age and joined the industry when just 14. Immersed in the unique charm of French cuisine, he continues to innovate by introducing different food cultures from around the world. His ceaseless pursuit for exotic flavours meant he travelled to countries and regions across four continents, including Greece, Russia, Tunisia and the US. During this time, he served as the head chef of a Michelin-starred restaurant and held key appointments at 5-star international hotels.

Fabric officially joined The Langham, Shenzhen in 2017. Before that, he was a lecturer at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and Shanghai where he provided training for many exceptional chefs.

In his amazing journey of flavours, Fabrice injects his diverse life experiences and extraordinary insights on all kinds of foods into every of his culinary creation. His endless inspiration and artistic presentation make every dish an extravagant experience involving not just taste but touching all five senses.

Perch Potato Burger

Over the years, Fabrice remains committed to bringing classic French cuisine to food enthusiasts in Shenzhen. With the use of premium ingredients and innovative culinary techniques, he has created many dishes that were reminiscence of the romantic ambience of France.

Pan-Fried Foie Gras

This early autumn, Fabrice is introducing all-new seasonal menus at Duke’s and Perch. With dishes such as Pan-Fried Foie Gras, lauded by Europeans as one of the three greatest treasures of the world, cooked in a caramel, rocket and sweet mango sauce; premium Robbins Island Wagyu Beef from cows bred in the clean and natural environment of Australia, featuring amazing marbling, tenderness and juiciness served with creamy potatoes, the menus are set to excite and delight.

Robbins Island Wagyu Beef

At the Perch, diners will have the pleasure of trying Fabrice’s new creations, which include a 500 g New Zealand T-bone Steak that is a must-try for all meat-lovers, and a special potato burger that uses mashed potato in place of traditional burger buns.

New Zealand T-Bone Steak

“The Langham, Shenzhen is known for its excellent products and services,” Fabrice said. “We will continue to source the best ingredients to create an unforgettable dining experience using exquisite elements from traditional French cuisine.”


About Langham Hospitality Group


As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hotels under the Langham Hotels and Resorts and Cordis Hotels brands with more than 50 projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from Asia, Europe and North America to the Middle East. The Group takes its name from the legendary Langham in London which was widely recognized as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 150 years, this flagship hotel has represented sophisticated and gracious hospitality, a philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses across all properties. For more information, please access the website at www.langhamhospitalitygroup.com.

Place Address:  The Langham, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区深南大道7888号
Place Phone:  0755 – 8828 9888

Introducing Verdicchio di Jesi: The Italian White Wine That Everyone Is Talking About

You know, they don’t call Italy the beautiful country for nothing. Whether it’s the Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, or the Sistine Chapel; beauty can be found everywhere in Italy.

Perhaps no more so than in its wine, whose export sales amounted to USD35.5 billion in 2017. And where once Italy was renowned for its classic reds, it is now in white wines where the biggest growth can be found. Leading that growth is the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi white wine.


Verdicchio: Fifty Years Of Wine Making Excellence


This year a conference was held to mark the 50th anniversary of Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi DOC. The event took place in the beautiful Pergolesi Theatre in the heart of Jesi. The theatre is one of the few opera houses still remaining in Italy from the late eighteenth century period. It was on such an occasion and at such a venue that it was revealed that in the past year, Italy sold more white wine than any other country in the world.

A few years ago, such a statement would not seem possible, but within the last 10 years, the production of white wine by Verdicchio has exceeded all expectations; they have tripled the average area of hectares planted, renewed over ¼ of the vineyards, while bottling outside the area has fallen by 75% and exports have grown by almost 50%.

This has led to Verdicchio establishing itself as a brand known for its high quality, both in Italy and across the world. Recognition has arrived in the form of awards from Italian wine guides, for both their red and white varieties.


White Wine: The World’s Fastest Growing Popular Wine


Red is the world’s most popular wine, representing 55% of all global sales of wine, but white is growing in popularity, especially among consumers aged 40 and under. In Italy, the trend is even more pronounced. White wine sales in the country rose an incredible 14% in the past five years, while red wine sales increased by 7% in comparison.

During the 50th anniversary of the Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi DOC, David Summerland of International’s Wine Monitor revealed several fascinating facts about the growth of white wine. People preferred to drink red at home, while when they went out to socialize they would drink white. This was due to the drink being perceived as an easy drink compared to a red, in particular with women aged under 40.


White Wine Opens New Exciting Markets


Summerland went on to explain that the growth in the white wine market was mainly driven by young people and young women in particular, who represented a good engine for the market. In general, women’s consumption of wine has increased compared to men’s, which partially explains the surge in white wine sales in recent years. In particular, in Italian white wine.

Last year, Italy’s global sales of white wine were worth 1.287 billion Euros, the highest in the world, surpassing France’s total amount of 1.267 billion Euros.


Award Winning Wines


Italian wine has grown so popular because it comes from autochthonous grapes grown in special regions, often referred to as native varieties. Summerland explained that Verdicchio, native to the Marche, was a textbook example of this because of versatility and capacity to age well.

The Marche has worked hard to improve its vineyards. In the past decade, more than a quarter of the Jesi DOC’s 2,190 hectares of vineyards have been renovated. Around 100 million Euros have been spent on promoting and introducing organic growing methods.

The return of investment has included the highest accolades. In the past four years, no other white wine has appeared in as many international wine guides as the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi white wine.

Last year, Verdicchio received the title of best white in Italy for the fourth year running. At this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, 15 Verdicchio wines received a score of more than 90, compared to only four Verdicchio wines in 2016.


A Best Seller Worldwide


Around 18 million bottles of Verdicchio dei Castelli de Jesi DOC are sold each year, half of which are sold internationally. The top five export markets are the US, China, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. International sales exports are worth approximately 52 million Euros, which represent a growth of about 50% in the past decade.

It’s clear that Italian white wine is going from strength to strength, and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi white wine is leading that growth.

For more: (www.stesoph.com)

Divali Celebrations at Green Oasis School

Green Oasis School is committed to delivering a British Curriculum that recognises and celebrates different cultures from around the world. Our Guiding Statements include:

-Green Oasis School’s commitment to internationalism and intercultural understanding is explicitly embedded in the Guiding Statements.

-GOS believes strongly in educating our students to appreciate, understand and respect all peoples both from within China and abroad. 

Part of this education is to celebrate and acknowledge different festivals from around the world, so on Wednesday 7th Nov. staff, students and parents celebrated the Indian ‘Festival of Lights’.

This festival is held each year in India and other parts of the, it is celebrated with feastinggifts, and the lighting of lamps

Here at GOS we celebrated by creating a Rangoli art piece for our reception area. This beautiful peacock was made with coloured rice and flour. Rangoli patterns are created in courtyards and foyers during festivals and often are regarded as bringing luck for the year ahead.  Students, staff, parents and alumni helped to create a beautiful peacock complete with lanterns and candles.

Students and staff were encouraged to come dressed in traditional Indian costumes, and as the pictures below show our Year 1 students embraced this with delight with many of the girls coming dressed in Indian attire. 

Staff and students were also treated to Indian sweets at lunchtime made of crushed cashew nuts. These proved to be a great hit with both adults and children!

With people in the world traveling more than ever before and more of us living outside our own countries, GOS is proud to be able to celebrate with our community a little part of another culture, to educate and delight our students and our community. 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Review: Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s biggest music and arts festival

Neo-Soul Legend Erykah Badu Ends Clockenflap On A Triumphant Note As The Festival Announces Dates For 2019

Clockenflap ended with a triumphant flourish on Sunday night as neo-soul legend ERYKAH BADU brought the curtain down on three unforgettable days of music and arts with a show-stopping performance on the Harbourflap Stage. Fans were also treated to world-class performances by US R&B sensation KHALID, The frontman of veteran indie rockers sodagreen and renowned solo artist 吳青峰, Mercury Prize-winning alt-rock heroes WOLF ALICE, UK drum’n’bass pioneer RONI SIZE and raucous London garage rockers THE VACCINES, among many other highlights.

The festival also revealed its dates for next year, announcing that Clockenflap will return to Central Harbourfront on November 22, 23 & 24, 2019.

Known for showcasing a diverse array of established and cutting-edge talent from Hong Kong, Asia and beyond, Clockenflap took fans on a voyage of musical discovery, with memorable sets by Japanese maverick multi-instrumentalist CORNELIUS, Hubei-born, US- raised rapper BOHAN PHOENIX, Brooklyn neo-psychedelia band SUNFLOWER BEAN and many more.

Between musical performances, fans also took time out to explore the eye-popping array of interactive attractions dotted throughout the festival site, including the Clockenflap debut of the MILK MART craft market. Children’s music star NICK COPE and much-loved Hong Kong kids’ entertainers RUMPLE & FRIENDS were the stars of the show at the family area, while Clockenflap favourite SILENT DISCO powered by FWD MAX was as popular as ever, with fans queuing up to dance to the beat of their chosen soundtrack.

Official channels:
Clockenflap.com
facebook.com/clockenflap
instagram.com/clockenflap
weibo.com/clockenflap
twitter.com/clockenflap

Below are some of the best photos selected from Day Three:

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ERYKAH BADU shows why she’s the ‘Queen of Neo-soul’ on the Harbourflap Stage

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US R&B sensation KHALID brings his smooth vibes to the Harbourflap Stage

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Maverick Japanese multi-instrumentalist­ CORNELIUS rocks the Harbourflap Stage

cid:image006.jpg@01D47B4C.264BCDA0The frontman of veteran indie rockers sodagreen and renowned solo artist closes the FWD Stage 吳青峰

Chris%20Lush-TVS-1423.jpgBritish indie rockers THE VACCINES tear it up on the FWD Stage

KITMINLEE-WA-8502525.jpgMercury Prize-winning alt-rockers WOLF ALICE show the FWD Stage why they’re one of the best live acts around

KITMINLEE-SFB-8502294.jpgBrooklyn neo-psychedelia outfit SUNFLOWER BEAN wow the FWD Stage

Enzo-DSC01085.jpgHubei-born, US-raised rapper BOHAN PHOENIX unites hip-hop fans on the YourMum Stage by Red Bull

Marco Polo Shenzhen Won the Butler Excellence Service Award

Marco Polo Shenzhen has won the butler excellence service award by 2018 International Association of Platinum Butlers.

It’s said that since the first opened in 2009, International Association of Platinum Butlers has developed into three brands for operation, Anglo-Netherland Platinum International Butlers Institute, International Association of Platinum Butlers and International Platinum Butlers Service Company. Adhering to the principle of high quality, the company has established a solid brand foundation, adopted advanced service skill and possessed good reputation in markets. At the same time, the international platinum held big annual industry’s conference for each year with “Platinum butler excellent service awards ceremony of China international BBS “, for more promoting China service industry and setting up communicating, learning, improving platform, greatly increased the China service industry becomes to high-end service brand.

Marco Polo Shenzhen has already successfully completed many large-scale exhibitions and receptions: the 26th Universidad, the European Film Festival, eleven consecutive Hi-tech fairs and the meeting of Shenzhen mayor and representatives of the friendly cities, six medical equipment exhibitions, etc. Moreover, hotel prepared receptions for many world renowned industries and enterprises, such as Huawei, LG, IBM, SIEMENS and many global top 500 famous companies and organizations. Additionally, hotel provided excellent service for receiving celebrities and politicians: Li Xianlong, former prime minister of Singapore; Donald Tsang, former Hong Kong chief executive; famous singer and actor Andy Lau, Lin Chiling, Daniel Wu, etc.


About Marco Polo Shenzhen


Marco Polo Shenzhen is located in the heart of Futian Central Business District, and is only 15 minutes to the Lowu Railway Station and Shenzhen Bay Port, 20 minutes to Shenzhen North Railway Station and Shenzhen Bao’an Airport, and 10 minutes to Futian/Huanggang Checkpoint. The 391 well-appointed rooms and suites are equipped with broadband Internet access, luxurious bathrooms, and state-of-the-art communications and entertainment facilities. Situated from the 35th to 41st floors of the hotel, The Continental Club provides the most luxurious accommodations for travelers. The hotel has 6 restaurants and bars, including Café Marco, Margarita Bar, Connect (lobby lounge), Carrianna Chinese Restaurant, Nishimura Japanese Restaurant and MCClub. Marco Polo Shenzhen has 31 function rooms, including Marco Polo Ballroom and one auditorium, which can accommodate up to 3,000 people and provide the ideal Shenzhen venue for meetings, seminars, and social events. The hotel’s fully equipped Fitness Center includes a gym, sauna, and outdoor swimming pool, and hotel guests can indulge in relaxing spa treatments at the renowned Pure Spa.

For more information please visit marcopolohotels.com


About Global Hotel Alliance


Global Hotel Alliance (GHA) is the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together 35 brands with 550 hotels in 76 countries. GHA uses a shared technology platform to drive incremental revenues and create cost savings for its member brands.  GHA’s award-winning loyalty programme, DISCOVERY, provides nearly 10 million members exclusive opportunities to immerse themselves in local culture wherever they travel. For more information, visit gha.com

Place Name: Marco Polo Shenzhen深圳马哥孛罗好日子酒店
Place Address: 28 Fuhua 1st Road, Futian CBD, Shenzhen, China 518048 深圳市福田中心区 福华一路28号
Place Phone: (0755) 8298-9888

Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen: 12th Anniversary Charity Event – Hug the Lonely Kids

6 November 2018, a Charity Auction, ‘Hug the Lonely Kids’, was jointly held by the Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen and Shenzhen Aite Band, which marked the 12th Anniversary of the hotel. Shenzhen Aite Band is a community consisting of the Autism teenagers who have musical talents. This special event gave 12 local autism patients from the band an opportunity to present their artistic talent and helped raise money for their families.

Hotel specially invited guests teamed up with 12 members from the Aite Band to make the art pieces for the charity auction. The art exhibition, which highlights 12 pieces of art works, was set in the center of the hotel lobby, and will be remained there for 10 days after the event.

Over 100 guests were invited to join the charity event, including the loyal guests of the hotel, media guest and the Aite Band members. As the Autism kids are called ‘The Children of the Star’, ‘The Little Prince’, a character who lives in a distant and lonely planet was taken as the event theme. Entering the hotel Lobby Lounge, a glistening scene was presented to the guests. A multitude of elements of ‘The Little Prince’ changed the venue into a starry world, stars, roses, planets and much more…Seems like walking into a mystery world of the Autism kids. Each guest has to wear a blue ribbon, which stands for hope and encouragement while signing up.

Started with a delicate PowerPoint of the hotel’s 12-year-journey, an array of old pictures brought the guests and the staffs back to the wonderful memories. Then moved on with a fascinating opening show by the talented kids from Aite Band, letting all the guests immerse in their magical music world.

The event proceeded toward a climax by the foremost part – auction. Prior to the event, the hotel had prepared 12 elaborated videos for each art piece, comprising of the briefing introduction of the making process and a short interview with the authors, to let the guests know more about their works. A total of RMB 9,500 raised in this part, which reflected the enthusiasm and love of the guests. All the charity fund raised were all donated to the Shenzhen Aite Band, including the revenue from 20 sets of charity room package, which valued at RMB24,000.

The event unfolded with a climax after another, an impressive performance by the hotel staff, the exciting lucky draw and the ending show of the Aite Band. Besides, the hotel also prepared a sophisticated souvenir to the kids and the special invited guests, a gift full of wishes and happiness.

‘We hope all of society will give them more support and tolerance. They, too, deserve a better future’ said the hotel’s property representative Shao Shengqiang. We can make a big difference for this disadvantaged group, let’s light up their world.

Place Name: Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen 深圳凯宾斯基酒店
Place Address: Hai De San Dao, Hou Hai Bin Road, Nanshan District Shenzhen
深圳市南山区后海滨路海德三道
Phone:  (0755) 8888-8888 ext.8008

Green Oasis School Expanded Department of Additional Support

Green Oasis School recognizes that its children are not only served through the general curriculum and extracurricular activities.  GOS appreciates that all students have unique learning styles and needs that go beyond the classroom which impact their ability to fully realize their potential.  That is why Green Oasis has an expanded department of Additional Support. 

The department is headed by a certified special education teacher who has worked as a learning specialist in many types of schools in several countries.  He is experienced teaching all levels of academic content, has expert contacts who help him guide parents of children who might require physical, occupational and speech therapy, and specializes in behavior management.  A Chinese bilingual teaching partner provides further learning support.  She is a China-certified English teacher.  They work with pupils in the regular classroom as much as possible, imparting tactics to increase self-sufficiency. 

Our school counselor tends to the social & emotional needs of the student body and also offers assistance to employees.  She has extensive qualifications in working with children of all ages in a range of therapeutic approaches in different environments.  Plus, she is a practiced health educator who is highly proficient teaching non-native English speakers. 

Moreover, as a member of the Council of International Schools, our department is developing a gifted & talented program, to even more closely align us with the Green Oasis School Vision: Educate, Nurture, Inspire Excellence.  Our G/T students will be interacting with other students throughout China and around the globe. 

Though the Additional Support Dept. directly assists a small percentage of the GOS family, A.S. team members work in collaboration with all staff members to further enhance teaching & learning throughout the school.  The team presents varied professional development opportunities and gives numerous students tools besides typical instruction.  These services include improving organization, study, test-taking, memory, social skills, cognitive learning strategies and many more.  These instruments will not only help cultivate the whole child for their post-secondary education but for an independent, productive lifetime.

We are proud of the work of the A.S. team and know that many students have benefitted from at times a simple chat to long-term assistance.  This is all part of the holistic approach to education that Green Oasis School takes in all areas of the curriculum.

 

While GOS is a selective school, with students having to be successful in entrance tests suitable for their age, some learning challenges only surface as children mature and develop.  As nurturing is such an important part of our Vision we want to ensure that all of our students have been given the best opportunity to meet their full potential.

Jack Birgl

Head of Additional Support 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

An Essential Guide To Brewpubs In Shenzhen

Craft beer seems to be expanding everywhere in Shenzhen as of late, but what exactly is all the fuss about? Is it really any better than cheap commercial lagers? Is it worth the price difference? For that matter, what exactly is craft beer?

In the US, there is a legal definition as to what constitutes “craft beer”. Unfortunately, in China, there less of a universally accepted standard and the word can often be applied in questionable circumstances.  Sadly, most of what’s out there still leaves a lot to be desired.

Beer is unlike wine or whiskey in the sense that it is far more susceptible to travel stress and it’s quality can rapidly decline if handled poorly.

As a general rule, the closer you can get to where it’s made, the better it is, at least in terms of it not having been subjected to travel stress.  You’ll have a better chance of having a beer as it was intended to taste if it was brewed on site, but might also find a good experience with a beer made off site providing it was transported right.  The further and further you get away from where it was made, the more risk there is that it no longer tastes as it was intended to, especially when it comes to crossing the border with potentially lengthy customs delays.

We are of course talking about the good stuff, fresh beer, which is unpasteurized and often unfiltered.  Fresh beer needs to be kept cold, time and temperature are far less forgiving to it than its mass-made pasteurized counterpart.

A few red flags to look out for when searching for a craft beer bar;

1) If they serve beer from flash chillers and the kegs aren’t always kept cold, don’t pay the extra money for it.  The way to spot this is to see if the kegs are kept outside of a fridge or coldroom on the floor.  In these cases the beer is chilled only on demand by a flash chiller as it is sent to the tap.

2) If the bar doesn’t put the brewery name on the menu, you might not be getting what you expect.  Is it really a craft beer, or is it a commercial beer with an inflated price tag?

3) If the bartender doesn’t know which brewery the beer came from, find another place to frequent.  An educated barman will not only give you a better more educational craft beer experience, they’re more likely to know how to take care of the beer and how to recommend a suitable beer for you based on your preferences.

4) Be careful with the imports. No matter how great the beer tasted when it was first made, it often gets ruined by the transportation process. Importing beer into China is notorious for its difficulty in making sure the proper temperature controls are in place. Fresh unpasteurized beer should be kept cold as overheating can cause flavors to go off and also spoilage.

Over the past year, we’ve seen an increase in awareness regarding the transportation process and overseas breweries have started to manage their own product transportation to China. Even with the best efforts, however, imported craft beer will never be able to compare to a product of equal quality that is freshly made locally.

That being said, let’s take a look at some of the top brewpubs in Shenzhen…

  1. Bionic Brew
Shenzhen’s first craft brewery opened in 2014 and is just as famous for its beers as it’s rollercoaster ride with the authorities. It’s been featured in CNN, South China Morning Post, Travel + Leisure and in Lonely Planet as an unmissable experience, just to name a few publications.
Distribution is limited to around Shenzhen and most people go to its gritty urban village taproom in Baishizhou or B10 Live house to sample the brew. They are best known for the Bionic Ale, American Pale Ale, Crickside Golden Ale, and Metropolis IPA, but they also make dry cider and other rotating beers.

Their taproom features guest taps from all over China and they organize the Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival, which is now in its 4th year.

Address: Shang Ye Bu Xing Jie, Baishizhou, Nanshan, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区白石洲沙河街商业步行街)

 

  1. Taps Brewpub
This brewpub made a big splash when it opened a few years ago and was even featured in Fortune magazine as one of the top 5 craft beer brands in China. Taps was also featured on CCTV national news and is one of only 7 brewpubs listed in the Lonely Planet’s global craft beer guide, the only one in Guangdong on the list.  This brewpub offers a clean and comfortable environment and is nestled near Haiyue subway station in Nanshan.In addition to a large draft list, they have many food items available from their kitchen to try whether you’re feeling peckish after a few pints or looking for a full-on meal. Be sure to try their famous End of Days IPA which was recently called one of the top 5 beers in China by Lonely Planet.

Address: Shop 136-137, Anwanwu Rd, JunHuiXinTian Garden, Nanshan, Shenzhen (Behind All City North) (深圳市南山区岸湾五路君汇新天136137号商铺(太古城北区后面))

  1. NBeer

NBeer originates from Beijing, brewed in Chengdu, but you can find all their latest beers at the bar in OCT Loft right here in Shenzhen.

They are most famous for their sour Goose Beer, but they are no one-trick pony, and make dozens of other styles of beer. Don’t be surprised to find these beers pop up at other locations across the city, but to get the full NBeer experience, head to their bar in OCT Loft.

Address: OCT Loft, Building A2, No.101, Nanshan, Shenzhen (深圳南山华侨城创意园北区A2101)

  1. Plus Nine Brewery

One of the more recent bars to burst on the brewpub scene is Plus Nine Brewery, situated in the up-and-coming area of Shuiwei. They brew onsite to fuel their 11 drafts, but they also have some guest taps on rotation.

It’s worth noting that the taps are not always well marked so be sure to ask the bartender who made the beer if you want to know if it’s one of their own brews or one of the well-known guests beers.

Address: 1368 Intl Culture St, Shuiwei Village, Huanggang Park 1st St, Futian, Shenzhen (深圳市福田区皇岗公园一街水围1368国际街区144栋)

  1. ET Brewery

Located in Houhai between the shops of Coastal City and the offices of Tencent, ET Brewery is a great little option for those looking for a pint or two. Although this brewpub has tanks onsite, most of their beers are actually brewed at their place in Foshan.

The drafts available often take inspiration from the extra-terrestrial nature of the brewpub with drinks like Starfrunova and Space Cow Porter. They don’t usually carry guest beers on tap, but occasionally you will find other great beers from around the city or China.

Address: No.60 Haide 3rd Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区海德三道60 )

 

The 4th Annual Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival!

November 9th to 11th, Bionic Brew presents Electric City, the 4th Annual Shenzhen Craft Beer Festival. The festival, which is an invitation only event for Guangdong and Greater China craft breweries, began in 2015 with just six breweries and expands this year to 21 of China’s best craft breweries. As well as great beer, expect plenty of food vendors and live DJ sets all weekend.

Where:

Halo Plaza, No. 8 Liyuan Road, Luohu District, Shenzhen (深圳市罗湖区梨园路8号HALO广场)

When:

Friday 9th November, 17:00 – 23:00

Saturday 10th November, 12:00 – 23:00

Sunday 11th November, 12:00 – 19:00

How Much:

1 Day Ticket (includes entry, 3 beer taster coupons, 1 commemorative beer mug, 1 beer koozie) – Pre-sale RMB80, At door RMB100

Weekend Pass (includes entry, 6 beer taster coupons, 1 commemorative beer mug, 1 beer koozie) – Pre-sale RMB120, At door RMB150

Buy Tickets:

https://www.247tickets.com/t/electric-city-4th-shenzhen-craft-beer-festiva

 

 

The fourth Marriott ·Yao Foundation Hope School has completed construction in Qinyuan, Shanxi Province

 

第四所万豪·姚基金希望小学于山西沁源县建成

2018年10月18日,万豪国际集团与姚基金代表团探访了位于山西省沁源县王陶乡的万豪·姚基金希望小学。万豪国际集团亚太区首席人力资源官戴经纬,万豪国际集集团大中华区商务委员会主席潘小莺,北京姚基金公益基金会理事长叶莉,中国青少年发展基金会科技体育事业部部长冯敏慧等11名代表与15名万豪志愿者参与了此次探访活动。

0n 18th October, representatives from Marriott and Yao Foundation have visited the Marriott·Yao Foundation Hope School at Qinyuan, Shanxi province. Present at the visit were Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer of Marriott International, Asia Pacific; Angela Pan, Guidance Team Member of Marriott Worldwide Business Council, Greater China; Ye Li, Chairman Board of Directors of Yao Foundation; Minhui Feng, Science Department Director, China Youth Development Foundation, other seven representatives and fifteen Marriott volunteers.

王陶乡希望小学是万豪国际集团与姚基金携手捐建的第四所希望小学, 新建项目于2018年4月30日竣工,学校现有47名教师与432名中小学生。万豪国际集团为新建学校提供款项与物资,为师生带来更好的教育环境 。

Wangtao Hope Primary School is the fourth hope school that endowed by Marriott International  in support of Yao Foundation. This project was completed on April 30, 2018, the financial and material support provided by Marriott International benefits 432 students and 47 teachers and creates better educational experiences for them.

在此次探访中,万豪与姚基金代表参观了新建的多媒体教室、音乐教室、科技活动室、美术教室、特殊儿童教室,并为学生们送上书包。随后,代表们与学生共同在校园内种下希望之树,并前往篮球场参加学生们的篮球课,姚基金理事长叶莉亲自指导了孩子们开展篮球活动,孩子们对篮球充满热情。

During the visit, representatives from Marriott and Yao foundation sent school bag to the students as the gifts and visit the new multimedia classroom, music classroom, technology classroom, painting classroom and special children classroom. After that, representatives and students together planted the ‘tree of hope’ on the campus then had basketball class together on the playground. Ye Li, Chairman Board of Directors of Yao Foundation shared basketball knowledge and shoot skill with those students who are enthusiastic about basketball.

万豪国际集团亚太区首席人力资源官戴经纬先生表示:“万豪国际一直秉承以人为本的传统,并致力于回馈我们服务的社区,我们实现这一目标的方式之一是支持和投资教育,特别是年青一代的教育。通过更好的教育,我们相信他们将能够改善自己的生活、他们的家庭和他们生活的社区。我们和姚明共同贯彻改善中国青少年教育的愿景,并与姚基金携手共同致力于为中国贫困地区的儿童提供教育机会。我相信在这里长大的每一个孩子都有一个梦想。从他们的微笑、笑声和活力中,我能感受到他们的热情、勇气和求知欲。通过这个新的校区,我们希望给他们提供一个安全、激励的平台来实现他们的梦想,并使之成为他们旅程的一部分。”

Regan Taikitsadaporn, Chief Human Resources Officer of Marriott International, Asia Pacific expressed : “Marriott International has a heritage of putting people first and is committed to giving back to the communities we serve. One of the ways we make this happen is through supporting and investing in education, especially for the younger generation. With better education,we believe that they will be able to improve the livelihood for themselves, their families and communities in which they live in. Marriott International share Yao Ming’s vision to improve educational experiences of Chinese youth, and are committed to create opportunities for children in rural China together with the Yao Foundation. I believe every child growing up here has a dream. From their smiles, laughter, and energy, I can feel their passion, courage and eagerness to learn. Through this new facility, we hope to give them a safe and motivating platform to fulfill their dreams.”

临行前, 戴经纬与叶莉为万豪志愿者颁发奖状。这15位志愿者是来自全国不同城市的万豪旗下酒店员工,他们与学生们度过了充实并有意义的四天,并为此次探访活动做了精心的准备。此外,志愿者还带领孩子们在美术教室的墙壁上绘制了‘希望之墙’,以激励孩子们怀抱希望,为梦想而努力。

 

At the end of this visit, Regan Taikitsadaporn and Ye Li award the certification to 15 volunteers. All volunteers are Marriott associates from different cities of China, they prepared this activity with passion and love, and spend four meaningful days with students. In addition, volunteers and students painted a ‘wall of dream’ together to inspire these students to embrace hope and make efforts for the dream.

万豪国际集团与姚基金的合作起源于2013年,双方携手共同扶持中国贫困地区的教育发展。截至2017年,万豪国际集团累计捐赠逾1400万元善款,其间完成了四所希望小学的重建项目,先后支持了四届“姚基金希望小学篮球季”,双方将继续携手,扶持中国贫困地区教育事业。

Marriott International and Yao Foundation have established the partnership since 2013, with the aim of improve the educational development in rural areas of China. Until 2017, Marriott International has raised over 14 million RMB for Yao Foundation, finished the construction of four Hope School and supported four  years, ‘Yao Foundation Hope School Basketball Season’. Marriott International and Yao Foundation will continue to support the younger generation in rural China.


关于万豪国际集团


万豪国际(纳斯达克股票代码:MAR)集团总部位于美国马里兰州贝塞斯达,在130个国家和地区拥有超过6,700家酒店,包括直接经营酒店、特许经营酒店和授权分时度假酒店,并拥有30个酒店品牌。万豪国际集团还运营备受赞誉的三项常客计划:包括丽思卡尔顿礼赏(The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®)在内的万豪礼赏(Marriott Rewards®)及SPG俱乐部(Starwood Preferred Guest®)。垂询更多信息,请访问官网www.marriott.com。如需随时掌握万豪国际新动态,可访问网上新闻中心www.marriottnewscenter.com,或在社交媒体上关注@MarriottIntl。


About Marriott International


Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.


关于姚基金


姚基金是由前中国篮球运动员姚明发起,在中国青少年发展基金会架构下设立的专项慈善公益基金。2018年姚基金正式注册为北京姚基金公益基金会。本着“以体育人”的宗旨,姚基金的目标是帮助青少年在教育、健康等多方面全面发展。自从姚基金建立以来,已经有10,000多名青少年在其援建的23所希望小学及1所特殊关爱学校中学习成长。姚基金已与众多知名企业建立了合作关系,为姚基金希望小学资助了图书室、电脑室、快乐体育园地以及希望厨房等设施,进一步改善了希望小学的学习条件。2012年姚基金开启了“姚基金希望小学篮球季”项目。截至2018年,姚基金希望小学篮球季为500多所贫困地区学校的922,500名青少年提供了学习篮球的机会,让他们通过参与篮球运动来感受体育精神,享受体育带来的快乐,建立自信和培养团队精神,帮助他们身心发展并健康成长。更多关于姚基金的信息,请访问www.yaofoundation.cn,微博:@姚明爱心基金,微信公众号:姚基金、姚基金希望小学篮球季。


About Yao Foundation


Yao Foundation is a specialized fund established in 2008 by Yao Ming under the auspices of the China Youth Development Foundation, and then registered as non-public fundraising foundation in 2018. It aims at promoting the all-around development of Chinese youth by providing them the opportunities to improve their education, sports skills, health and self-esteem. Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 23 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms, kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiated the“Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season” program. By 2018, students from 500 schools in impoverished areas, 922,500 attendances joined the event, letting the children experience sportsmanship through playing basketball and enjoy the happiness that sports bring to them. For more information about the Yao Foundation, visit www.yaofoundation.cn. Weibo: 姚明爱心基金.Wechat:姚基金、姚基金希望小学篮球季

The BMW Hotelier Awards – Shenzhen Hotelier Winner

SHENZHEN HOTELIER IS CROWNED OWNER REPRESENTATIVE OF THE YEAR AT THE BMW HOTELIER AWARDS GREATER CHINA 2018

Auric Li, Owner Representative at Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai seals Owner Representative Hotelier of the Year 2018The fifth annual Hotelier Awards culminated in a glittering ceremony on the 30th October 2018, to celebrate the dedicated individuals and their professional excellence across the hospitality sector in Greater China.

With more than 300 hoteliers and industry professionals in attendance, a total number of 20 awards were announced during a gala dinner at the St. Regis Jing’An in Shanghai. The ceremony marked the first return to Shanghai since its debut event in 2014. The evening was as dazzling as one could expect from the exquisitely styled St. Regis Jing’An, featuring a formal presentation of the awards, a fine dining experience curated by Head Chef Ryan Liu and an evening of live entertainment.

One winner from each category was decided by the high-calibre jury of experts through a two-round judging process, which looked at a combination of facts presented in the applications, interviews, and testimonials. This specialist jury of renowned representatives from the sector included, Jenny Soo, Head of Workplace Experience APAC, Jones Lang LaSalle Property Consultants Pte, Julia Monk, Senior Vice President & Director of Hospitality Design, Hok, Leon Liang, Former Vice President, Alibaba-Fliggy, Dr Sacha Stöcklin, Managing Director, Ciecas and Dai Bin, President of China Tourism Academy, Director of National Tourism Data Center.

Taking home, the “Owner Representative Hotelier of the Year” Award for Greater China was Auric Li, Owner Representative at Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai. With a Hotel & Tourism Master’s Degree, Auric’s hospitality career started in Shenzhen in the early 1990s when Shenzhen was only beginning to develop. He spent a decade learning every facet of front-of-house management. His background and successful operations experience made Auric a natural choice as the Owners’ Representative when he joined Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai in 2013. He was closely involved in every phase of the renovation of the original Nanhai Hotel as a separate wing of Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai.

Although she was not present, University student Maria Trishina was presented with the Rising Star Award this year, which celebrates and supports the next generation of hoteliers. By partnering with the top universities in Asia offering a degree in Hotel Management, students were given the opportunity to submit their entry for the competition. As a winner for 2018, Maria now has the chance to undertake an internship of her choice in one of the top five-star hotels worldwide. As additional recognition, this year The Hotelier Awards was pleased to partner with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL), the premier institution for Swiss hospitality who presented a selection of prestigious rewards to the winners, ranging from advanced certificates, to online MBA programs with a value of up to 120,000RMB.

An exciting change for the platform was announced during the evening, unveiling the evolution of its new brand name and identity the Stelliers. As of next year, hoteliers will enter the competition for a chance to win a ‘Stellier Award’, which sparked excitement and buzz amongst those present. The newly launched brand builds upon its history of recognition and dedication to hoteliers and the hospitality industry, but also opens doors to the future. The name derives from the Latin word Stella Polaris, which is the brightest star in its constellation and is often referred to as the pointer of the sky, representing the leading stars of the hospitality industry.

Co-Founder, Benoit Thebaut shared a passionate statement about the new brand “To all of you sitting in the room tonight, you are a star and the ‘Stelliers’ is your recognition.”

The awards have grown in prominence and scope over the years, both in the number of applications received and also in the level of support from the industry, so much so that the platform is expanding once again. Continuing its mission to seek out the leading lights of the hospitality sector, the platform will expand into the South Asia region for the 2019 competition, welcoming applicants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Heading into the sixth edition, The Hotelier Awards will be present in a total of 23 countries, combining 3 competitions and 2 Grand Awards Ceremonies.

BMW took centre stage once again as the official title partner of the The Hotelier Awards for the 3rd consecutive year, alongside returning gold partners Lucaris and Nespresso. RH Contract debuted as a silver partner, Moet Hennessy Diageo China as a beverage partner, followed by valued supporting partners including, Labbrand, Cathay Pacific, Eventbank, Sutherland Gastronomy, GHC and FIJI Water & EHL.



About The Hotelier Awards


The Hotelier Awards is the only accolade in Asia honouring and providing true recognition to the dedicated professionals of the hotel industry. The mission is not only to shine a light on the most talented hoteliers, but to also inspire the younger generations to pursue a career in hospitality. The awards pride itself on being 100% free for hoteliers to enter, insuring the legitimacy and transparency of the judging process. By acknowledging the individuals that put their heart and soul into their properties, the awards platform sparks a deep personal connection with the nominees. The bi-annual rendezvous is an overdue gathering of appreciation bestowed upon those individuals, who are the best in their field.

Applications for The Hotelier Awards Asia & South Asia 2019 will open on the 7th November 2018. Followed by applications for Greater China 2019 opening on 12th March 2019. To submit your entry, find out about participating in the Awards, and see all our past winners visit: www.hotelierawards.com

Shangri-La “Ride For Hope 3” Raises CNY 5,689,029.49 For Ai You Foundation

After 15 exciting and exhilarating days riding through 68 cities across mainland China and Hong Kong, Ride for Hope 3 has finally reached its final destination. A closing ceremony was held at Pudong Shangri-La Hotel, East Shanghai to celebrate the riders’ safe and successful journeys and to present the cheque to the beneficiary – China’s Ai You Foundation. Through the generous support of all partners and participants, sponsors and media, 5,689,029.49 CNY was raised. This money will go to help at least 150 orphaned and financially disadvantaged children with developmental dislocation diseases.

Ride for Hope 3 is a community outreach project organised by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts to help raise more awareness and funds for children with hip disabilities under the Ai You Foundation’s Morning Star Project. The logistics and preparation for the event took several months of work and involved over 1,000 staff from 30 Shangri-La hotels to colleagues from its regional and corporate offices in the planning. Collectively 32 core riders, over 5,000 local riders participated in the ride and clocked 5,000 kilometres across 68 cities along four different routes.

“Shangri-La has always been committed to finding ways to help improve the lives of people in our community,” said Oliver Bonke, Shangri-La’s President and Chief Operating Officer who took part in the last two-day journey from Hangzhou to Shanghai.  

Ride for Hope 3 is truly an enterprise-wide community project. I am very proud of the strong team spirit and collaborative efforts of all parties involved. This project has succeeded in bringing many people together in a very memorable and meaningful way.  What we have collectively achieved today will made a huge difference in the lives of these children.”

“We are very pleased with our successful partnership with Shangri-La. The donations from Ride for Hope 3 will enable our orphaned children and children with degenerative diseases to receive effective treatments to lead normal lives,” said Zhenzhen Luo, assistant secretary general of the Ai You Foundation. “The ‘mobile’ charity drive is a unique way to raise more awareness and engage consumers to support the Ai You Morning Star Project.  We appreciate the innovative way of using bike riding to reach out to the public to help improve the lives of these children. It is heart-warming to see the close partnership with companies and the public to solve social problems together.”

 

Ride for Hope 3 programme reinforces Shangri-La’s core CSR values of operating a responsible business to help enhance the lives of surrounding communities.  Ride for Hope 3 is organised by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.  The event is sponsored by Perfect China Group Co., Limited.  As the major sponsor, Perfect China is committed to strengthening its support to sustainability and public health by contributing to meaningful causes. Ai You Foundation is a 5A-level foundation registered in China and is engaged in child health care, child welfare and venture philanthropy.


About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts


Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel owners and operators, currently manages over 100 hotels globally in 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.  Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean. 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.


About Ai You Foundation


Ai You Foundation is initiated, managed and operated by entrepreneurs, and delivers programmes nationwide.  After over a decade of exploration and development, it is now engaged in three charity areas, including child health care, child welfare and venture philanthropy.  Ai You was named one of the “Outstanding Social Groups” in 2015 by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, ranked first on the list of Chinese Charity Foundations, won the “Charity Organization Award in Responsible Chinese” and earned a full score in the China Foundation Transparency Index several times.

Place Name:  深圳福田香格里拉大酒店
Place Address:  4088 Yi Tian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳福田区益田路4088号
Place Phone: 0755 8828 4088

 

Four Ways to Get Diploma Certificate Authentication

As the new policy of State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) for work permit from May 2017, foreigners must provide authentication for diploma certificate (bachelor degree or above) except of some high-level talents (A category).

Today we want to explain what kind of authentication certificate is accepted by SAFEA and how to apply for each kind.

What kind of authentication for diploma certificate is accepted?

  1. Consular authentication for diploma certificate issued by Chinese Embassy/Consulate.
  2. Legalization for diploma certificate issued by Foreign Consulate in China.
  3. Authentication issued by Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange.
  4. Authentication issued by China Higher Education Student Information (CHSI) website (Only for foreigner graduated from a Chinese University)

How to do authentication for each one?

  1. Consular authentication for diploma certificate from China Embassy/Consulate.

There is a little different in different countries. Normal procedure is as below:

Notarization—Legalization—Consular authentication.

E.g. Procedure of Consular authentication in Chinese Embassy in USA:

Ø 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.

Ø 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.

Ø  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:

http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/ywzn/lsyw/gzrz/rzcx/


Finally, you will get the blue sticker on your diploma certificate notarization from Chinese Embassy in USA like this:

Guides for Chinese Embassies in some other countries:

Official service guide for Chinese Embassy in Canada:

http://ca.china-embassy.org/eng/lsyw/gzrz/rz/

Official service guide for Chinese Embassy in UK:

http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/lsfw/legalization/t1021900.htm

Official service guide for Chinese Embassy in Germany:

http://www.china-botschaft.de/det/lsfw/t1350628.htm

Official website for Chinese Embassy in France:

http://www.amb-chine.fr/fra/

Official service guide for Chinese Embassy in Australia:

http://au.china-embassy.org/eng/lsfw_12/Authentication/t1470434.htm

Official service guide for China Embassy in India:

http://in.china-embassy.org/eng/lsfw/gzrz/t398819.htm

Official website for Chinese Embassy in Russia:

http://ru.china-embassy.org/rus/

Can find service guidelines in Chinese Visa Application Service Center for many countries:

http://www.visaforchina.org/

Which country’s consular authentication can ZIX provide?

  1. Legalization of diploma certificate issued from Foreign Consulates in China.

Need to confirm with Foreign Consulates in China, some consulates can provide diploma certificate legalization services.

  1. Authentication issued by Chinese Service Center for Scholarly Exchange (CSCSE).

Can get diploma certificate authentication for most countries’ universities, but it takes longer time to get authentication for some universities or can’t get authentication if university doesn’t give feedback or applicant can’t provide other supplement materials.

Which website to apply?

http://renzheng.cscse.edu.cn/Login.aspx

What documents are needed?

1.A two-inch or one-inch digital color photo;

2.The Diploma certificate color scan;

3.The color scan of passport photo page;

4.The Declaration Statement with signature;

5.Information Form (for filling online system);

6.Academic transcript of university (not a must)

How long can get Authentication Certificate?

Canada, USA, Sino foreign cooperation Universities: 10 working days

UK, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore: 15 working days

Other countries: 20 working days.

May take longer time because of different universities. And sometimes applicant needs to contact university directly to let them reply.

Authentication Sample :

  1. Authentication issued by China Higher Education Student Information (CHSI) website (Only for foreigner graduating from a Chinese University)

Which website to apply?

https://my.chsi.com.cn/archive/index.jsp

Steps to apply online authentication certificate:

(1)Use a China mobile phone number to register an account first.

(2) Login in and select “在线验证报告“ and press “申请”:

(3)Press the right lower buton ”查看“.

(4) Close the pop-up “职业调查“ window

(5) Press Button”申请“.

(6) Adjust to 180 days and press “ 申请“.

(7). Close the pop-up “职业调查“ window。

(8) Press “查看“

(9)Press print to print or save as PDF file.

 

It’s a 180 days validity. So, can do this when you prepare all other documents for notification letter of work permit. Otherwise you need to extend the validity if it expires.

Authentication Sample :

 

Question: Which embassy should I apply consular authentication if I am an American, but I graduated from a UK university?

Answer: Apply in Chinese embassy in UK.

 

Question: Do I need to take both original Diploma Certificate and original diploma certificate authentication?

Better to take both because sometimes Foreign Experts Bureau checked both.

Welcome to entrust us to do consular authentication for diploma certificate or non-criminal records.

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Screaming Tarot Party for Halloween!

Decanter‘s Halloween Party at The St. Regis Shenzhen

As one of the most dynamic cities in China, Shenzhen has an exciting and infusive nightlife culture. Decanter, located on 100th floor of The St. Regis Shenzhen, is the highest spot for night time fun in town. On Halloween day, people will dress in Halloween costume and even wear masks to celebrate this special New Year. Come to join us together at The St. Regis Shenzhen to enjoy the Halloween atmosphere!

At the Halloween night, make up and dress up with your favorite vampire costumes then drilling into the darkness at 100F and revive your dark soul with the screaming music and sexy DJ —Elisabeth. This unforgettable experience includes amazing Tarot Game and Specialty Cocktails!


About St. Regis Hotels & Resorts


Combining classic sophistication with a modern sensibility, St. Regis is committed to delivering exceptional experiences at nearly 40 luxury hotels and resorts in the best addresses around the world. Since the opening of the first St. Regis hotel in New York City over a century ago by John Jacob Astor IV, the brand has remained committed to an uncompromising level of bespoke and anticipatory service for all of its guests, delivered flawlessly by signature St. Regis Butler Service. The ultra-luxury brand is set to expand its legacy to 50 hotels by 2018. For more information and new openings, visit stregis.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Place Address:  No. 5016 Shennan Road East, Luohu District Shenzhen 深圳市罗湖区深南东路 5016 号 深圳
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 830 88888

Heel’S Kitchen 2018 – Celebrate On Her Success

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou Launches The First Ever Female Only Culinary Event

Heel’s Kitchen 2018, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou launches its first ever female only culinary event in China, which will be held from December 7-9, to dazzle the epicureans of Guangzhou with spectacular culinary masterpieces led by amazing ladies.

Inspired by the “Fearless Girl” bronze sculpture depicting a girl facing the Wall Street Bull statue in New York, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou would like to extend this Great Spirit to the culinary field, to appreciate female professional development and encourage the growth of female chefs.

It has always been in the Hyatt DNA to build a diverse and inclusive global Hyatt family where we care for people so they can be their best. Heel’s Kitchen is a reflection and extension on this global Hyatt direction.

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Hyatt Guangzhou. During the past ten years’ we have seen a growing number of women among the leadership team. To celebrate this milestone, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou will host eight female chefs from seven different Hyatt properties plus one TV celebrity chef. The event series will feature two dinners, three lunches, four cooking classes, three afternoon tea and one very unique chef battle on December 9, when two teams go head to head in an extraordinary culinary extravaganza.


About Grand Hyatt Guangzhou


Grand Hyatt Guangzhou is a five-star luxury hotel located in the new central axis 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 Guangzhou’s Huacheng Square.  Grand Hyatt Guangzhou features 368 guestrooms and suites and five food and beverage outlets, including Cantonese cuisine at The Penthouse, buffet-style dining at Market Café and authentic western food at G Restaurant.  Experience a luxury five-star stay with our rooftop O Spa and Fitness Center.  Meeting and wedding planners can choose from more than 1,313 sq. m (14,133 sq. ft.) of exceptional function space, including a Grand Ballroom, six meeting rooms and a sophisticated Business Center.

Hotel Information

Place Name:  Grand Hyatt Guangzhou 广州富力君悦大酒店
Place Address:  12 Zhujiang West Road, 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:  + 86 20 8396 1234

Major International Accolade for Key Team Member of Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai

 

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai is delighted to announce that Auric Li has been named Owner’s Representative of the Year at the Hotelier Awards ceremony on October 30th in Shanghai. Organised by Rivera Events, this is the major benchmarking celebration of the year for hotels throughout China, Macau, Hong Kong.

Auric’s hospitality career started in Shenzhen in the early 1990s when the SEZ was only beginning to develop. He spent a decade learning every facet of front-of-house management from Front Desk Manager to Front Office Manager before he joined OCT’s International Hotel Management Company where he was involved in pre-opening and overall operation of a number of different hotels.

His background of successful operations experience made Auric a natural choice as the Owners’ Representative when he joined Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai in 2013. He was closely involved in every phase of the renovation of the original Nanhai Hotel as a separate wing of Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai. Opened in July 2017, this lifestyle-focused 218-room facility includes a large health club and kid’s club.

In addition to a degree in English, Auric earned a Hotel & Tourism Management master’s degree at Hong Kong’s Polytechnic University. Among diverse honours, Auric was appointed a judge of star hotel properties in Guangdong Province.

Auric has played a major role in the numerous awards garnered by the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai. His wide-ranging hotel management experience shows in his full support for every aspect of the hotel including Human Resources, Business Development, Engineering and Security, as well as Finance. Thanks to his professional management and coordination, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai has achieved remarkable results in every field from operational performance to brand awareness and reputation.

Auric has fully supported Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai in its quest for outstanding results. Some notable areas that benefited from his input include drafting the detailed KPI evaluation index for the hotel as the guide for year-end staff bonuses.

The Hotel Leadership index rose from 79% to 87% in 2017. The Hotel Balance Score Card exceeded expectations for the 3rd consecutive year, and won many Hilton Awards during 2017.

“I am honoured to receive this award for which I feel the owning company and the Hilton Management Team should take credit,” said Auric with typical modesty.

“Auric truly deserves this award. I am delighted that his hard work and talent have been recognized in this way,” said the hotel’s general manager John Burger. “Auric is a prime example of how a good owners’ representative adds value to the partnership. He is professional, supportive and a major asset to our team. He has been a big part of our success and I look forward to many more years of fruitful co-operation with him and our owning company.”


About Hilton


Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising nearly 5,000 properties with more than 812,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.


About The Hotelier Award


The Hotelier Awards is the only accolade in Asia honouring and providing true recognition to the dedicated professionals of the hotel industry. The mission is not only to shine a light on the most talented hoteliers, but to also inspire the younger generations to pursue a career in hospitality. The awards pride itself on being 100% free for hoteliers to enter, insuring the legitimacy and transparency of the judging process. By acknowledging the individuals that put their heart and soul into their properties, the awards platform sparks a deep personal connection with the nominees. The bi-annual rendezvous is an overdue gathering of appreciation bestowed upon those individuals, who are the best in their field.

Place Name: Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai 深圳蛇口希尔顿南海酒店
Place Address: 1177 Wanghai Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区望海路1177号
Place Phone: 0755 2162 8888

Marco Polo Shenzhen: Deli Officially Opened Online Selling Channel

In order to better meet personalized consumer demands, Deli keeps the fresh and tasty quality of food, ensuring to attract stacked to five-star food and services to customers. Deli, a new outlet which is focus on health drinks, bakery, snacks and concept of lifestyle, now is opened the Meituan online booking channel, serving you all kinds of high lovely and quality of desserts for foodies, who enjoys healthy light food and seeks for the simple life. Without leaving home, tasting star hotel delicious!

Daily fresh for baking croissants, Danish pastries, chocolate cake and sweet cheesecake all satisfy your taste bud. At this moment, when you open the Meituan APP and input [Deli] in the search bar, you can find and select delicious. Delivering from RMB20 and enjoying the discount once order confirmed.

Besides, Deli will offer a series of exclusive benefits, such as buying one getting one free after 6 PM. Each month of 28th is member day, which can enjoy the discount of 20%. In addition to online selling services, we also provide delivery Service for breakfast and simple meal. As the same time, it’s convenient to save the time for office workers.

Deli has present a lot of attractive and delicious, such as the chocolate hat, apple pouch, lady puff, chocolate bread, healthy snack and nutrition cup. It’s continuous to product surprised and returns high praise. Exquisite food and shop decoration, under the sunshine of Deli outdoor green area, that’s the best place to make more relaxed and happier.

  • Business hours: 8:00 – 22:00
  • Location: 1/F, Marco Polo Shenzhen, No.28,Fuhua 1st,Futian District, Shenzhen (south gate)
  • Reservation Tel: 0755- 3339 7715
Place Name: Marco Polo Shenzhen深圳马哥孛罗好日子酒店
Place Address: 28 Fuhua 1st Road, Futian CBD, Shenzhen, China 518048 深圳市福田中心区 福华一路28号
Place Phone: (0755) 8298-9888

New Beginnings- an Exciting Time at Green Oasis School

The ancient Chinese philosopher Laozi wrote, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” The educational journey for our students at Green Oasis School is no different. It starts from the moment children enter our classes to the day when they leave; hopefully a little wiser, more knowledgeable and confident to face the next step on the journey their lives will take.

It is a fact that schools are only a very short part of people’s lives, and yet those 12 or 13 years are some of the most significant. The experiences, opportunities, confidence and skills they learn through their education, be they academic or social, which will ultimately mold them into the adults they will become in the future.   Of course it is also how students use these opportunities and it is the hope of every educator that our students use them wisely with thoughtfulness and above all share our passion for ensuring they reach their full potential.

Although we are all ultimately responsible for our own journey as teachers, we know we are also responsible for guiding our students to ensure they make the right choices in life. This is why at Green Oasis School, our Vision is so important to us. Our most important work is to ensure students are educated, nurtured and inspired to face the journey they will take both at school and when they leave. Part of that is to accept that mistakes are part of the life we will have and should not be avoided as they are often what make us stronger. It is how we recover from these mistakes that are most important. Part of our responsibility at GOS is to ensure students have the tools and the support to do just that. Mel Gibson, the movie actor has had plenty of ups and many downs, his quote I believe sums up the need to understand that a mistake is not a failure, but a chance for a new and maybe exciting beginning. He writes:

“It’s a wise man who understands that every day is a new beginning, because boy, how many mistakes do you make in a day? I don’t know about you, but I make plenty. You can’t turn the clock back, so you have to look ahead.” —Mel Gibson

Looking ahead is exactly what we must all do. Mistakes are part of life; we learn from them, they can make us resilient and more determined. Here at Green Oasis we understand that students are growing, changing and open to new experiences. It is part of our Vision to ensure they are nurtured and learn to make choices and decisions that are the best for them. We also know that mistakes are inevitable and not the ‘end of the world’, thus they need to see them as a learning tool to improve and grow as young adults.  At GOS it is important to us that we do nurture our students, guide them and give them the support they need throughout their time with us through formal classes and during the day through counseling and from teachers.

Green Oasis School is aware that in our 18 year history, we have had many students through our doors. It is our hope that they have all been inspired to become the adults we knew they could. As we approach our 20th Anniversary, we would be keen to hear from alumni and read their stories. We invite our former students to contact the school through email, so we can continue to celebrate your achievements and successes in life.

Helen Swan 

Principal

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Place Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000

Duke’s Wine & Grill: Possibly The Classiest Spot In Town

What makes a classy restaurant? Well, there is the understated décor and stately furniture. There’s the number of bottles in the wine cellar. There’s the grade of the steak and where the oysters come from.

But there are also those small, almost indefinable, details. The way the light illuminates the room. The way the waiter appears and disappears as if they are reading your mind. The way the music slowly lures you in.

Rather than try defining what makes a classy restaurant, it might be easier for me to give you an example. Allow me to introduce you to Duke’s Wine & Grill at The Langham, Shenzhen.

They say first impressions are important. This is equally true when going to a new bar or restaurant as it is when meeting someone, if not more so. Well, when I first entered Duke’s Wine & Grill, the restaurant certainly made a strong impression.

My eye was drawn from the classic leather couches and tub chairs to the contemporary art adorning the walls to the high ceilings. Duke’s was lively and was already brimming with the kind of atmosphere you associate with a jazz bar.

I took a table and the manager offered to introduce me to the wine cellar upstairs, to which I duly obliged and he led me to the second floor of Duke’s where the wine cellar is located alongside a private dining room.

I walked along the wine selection, all 394 varieties of them, and reading some of the labels it was clear why Duke’s Wine & Grill had been awarded 3 Wine Glasses at the Wine List of the Year Awards. Chateau Le Pin from Pomerol, Pinot Noir from Domaine de la Romanee-Conti from Bourgogne, and Chateau Ausone from Saint Emilion were particular gems in what was a treasure trove from the world’s finest wineries. After exploring the wine list, I settled on a bottle of one of the house whites. The Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough came highly recommended by the manager.

If you prefer a fine single malt or a blended Scotch, then you can explore the extensive spirits list. Highlights include Hibiki 17 Years, Macallan 25 Years, and Royal Salute 38 Years. Duke’s Wine & Grill also boasted an impressive choice of imported cigars. The limited run of Cohiba Talisman 2017 Edition, in particular, caught the eye.

I headed back downstairs to my table and started to peruse the food menu. As I flicked through the pages, it quickly became apparent that Duke’s Wine & Grill boast one of the most delectable selections of dishes around; from the Anceline Oysters from France, the Beluga Caviar, the Canadian Lobster, to the Australian Wagyu Tomahawk Steak. Duke’s Wine & Grill only serve the finest of the fine.

As I ordered some dishes, the entertainer for that evening took to the stage and sat behind her piano ready to play. She introduced herself as NaTasha Rogers and when she started her set with a silky smooth rendition of This Masquerade by George Benson I knew we were in for something special that evening.

NaTasha quickly captivated the entire restaurant as she moved on to the Jazz classic Autumn Leaves. By the time she had started to play Lovin’ You by Minnie Ripperton, she had already cultivated that special kind of ambiance, which you only feel in the best Jazz bars.

Soon after, our dishes began to arrive. First up was Duke’s Signature Salad, an intriguing mix of Oyster, Avocado, Bergamot Pear, Manchego Cheese, and Quinoa. The chef struck just the right balance between sweet and savory to deliver a healthy salad you will want to keep coming back to.

Next was a favorite of fine-dining restaurants in China, the Pan-fried Foie Gras. The foie gras is served with mango chutney, which really brought out something new in the dish, and a candy brioche, which was somewhat of a surprise selection but paired unexpectedly well with foie grasAfter the Foie Gras, the Silver Cod Fish Filet arrived, 180 grams of the freshest and most succulent cod available. The cod was expertly matched with a basil clam sauce and came with a side of the softest baby potatoes and pearl vegetables.The final dish was something from Duke’s Wine & Grill’s meat selection. As tempted as the Australian Wagyu Tomahawk looked, I opted for the Salt Marsh Coastal Lamb Loin. Imported from New Zealand, the lamb loin was cooked with parsley, garlic, and breadcrumb, and presented with a rosemary and thyme sauce. The vegetables and herbs really offered the perfect balance to the dish.After another glass of the house white and a couple more songs from NaTasha, it was time for dessert. The intriguingly named Tropical Explosion certainly lived up to its name. The tropical mango’s crispy exterior betrayed the rich mousse inside while the passion fruit ice cream sprinkled with coconut melted in the mouth.Later that evening, I had a chance to chat with the Western Executive Chef, Fabrice Bruto. When he talked about his dishes, there was one element that ran through them all. For him, it is not about where a dish originated from, but the connection between the elements. It is about creating combinations and contrasts resulting in new flavors and sensations.

Before he left, he recommended that next time I try the Venison Rossini Burger, which sounds like the king of gourmet burgers; Venison Patty with Foie Gras and Black Forest Ham topped with Iberico Cheese, Arugula, and Caramelized Red Onions, served in a Brioche Bun with a side of Homemade Truffle French Fries.

I left Duke’s Wine & Grill having thoroughly enjoyed my evening and being reminded what a restaurant is capable of being. While it may be debatable what exactly makes a restaurant classy, there is little doubt that Duke’s is one of, if not the, classiest spots in Shenzhen.Address: Level 3, The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian, Shenzhen 518040 (中国深圳市福田区深南大道7888, 深圳东海朗廷酒店, 3)

Opening Hours: 6:30 pm to 1:00 am (Sun – Thurs), 6:30pm to 2:00am (Fri – Sat)

Tel: 86 (755) 8828 9888 ext.8922

Improving Food Quality at Dream School – Green Oasis School

As part of our work in PSHE, looking at our dream school, we have focussed on the food we eat at lunch time. We have spoken with many people – students, the caterers, teachers and the Principal as well as our parents.  

The reason we were doing this was to find out if we could improve the quality of food in the canteen. 

We also wanted to make sure that we had enough nutrition in our lunch so we have enough energy to learn in the afternoon. 

We began by discussing the problems we saw in the lunchroom and then split into groups – one looked at nutrition, one our favourite foods, one our least favourite foods and one looking at potential menus. 

We created questions for a survey.  We considered the different methods of cooking – when Ms Anne did not know exactly what was in the back kitchen, we asked to go and look (we enjoyed that).  

We then went to speak to the Principal about meals in her previous school (they sounded delicious) and her ideas for a rotating menu. 

We then spent lunchtime gathering evidence – so much evidence. After that, we discussed biased data and collation. Collating data simply means putting it into groups and working out what we have between us. 


Favourite foods:

We got a lot of answers for this – some were ingredients and some were meals.  The top 5 answers were: 

Ms Anne said no to all of the sugar and fast food☹ So we kept looking till we found something that did not contain sugar. 

We took this information and gave it to the menu group. We then looked at the least favourite foods.  These were so many that we could not come up with a top 5.  Included were vegetables, sweet things, and carbohydrates. 

We also looked at textures to make sure that our food was exciting.  The most popular was cold – not many people liked wet. 

Menu 

When we looked at the menus, we considered that many of us like food from other countriesWe knew that there were a few problems for us.

Problem number 1: The catering

We need food that can be prepared off-site, brought at school and served to us. 

Problem number 2: the choice 

Currently we have a choice of four mains, two sets of vegetables, bread or potatoes and a sweet item.  The Principal and Ms Anne suggested that we cut down the number of choices so that the money would go further and we could have better quality and selections. We considered an option of a meat main or the vegetarian version and also a spicy option and a non-spicy option.  

We made these suggestions and gave it to the menu group. These are what they came up with: 

We are going to meet with the caterers to try and help them make food that we like.  We will not change things quickly but we are hoping that they will listen. 

 

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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校
Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号
Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000