Top 5 Places To Play Basketball In Shenzhen

Before we begin, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Patrick Regulier, known as 帕克教练 in China and I am the creator of the Basketball for kids academy. I’m originally from Paris, France and I have been working as a basketball coach in China for the past 10 years. I’ve also been hosting basketball camps and running kids academies for over five years and playing on courts all over Shenzhen for more than a decade.

There are thousands of courts all over this city, but I will do my best to narrow down my favorites to just five. I have had to leave out a few places I love, but here are my absolute top 5 places to play basketball in Shenzhen.

  1. Nanshan Lianhua Basketball Court

Lianhua is an American streetball-style court. The venue is covered in cool street art and hip-hop music blasts out the speakers. It offers 8 full courts and boasts a VIP court with a wooden floor, and it’s just an 8 minute walk from Nanshan subway station, so there’s no excuse to not check it out if you are in the area.

Address: 广东省深圳市南山区南山大

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 24:00

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB25 (Unlimited Time)
  • Half court: RMB200 (Per Hour)
  • Full court: RMB400 (Per Hour)
  • VIP half court: RMB250 (Per Hour)
  • VIP full court: RMB500 (Per Hour)
  1. Sweet Lake Resort

Sweet Lake Resort is one of my personal favorite spots in the city. The place has three basketball parks, so if you get bored with one you can always just switch to another. It’s perfect for the kind of player who really likes to compete and test himself and it’s just a 3 minute work from Xiangmi subway station too.

Address: 广东省深圳市福田区福强路3030号福田体育公园

Sweet Lake Resort Park 1: PW (国际篮球场)

The atmosphere is always buzzing here with music playing and NBA games live or replayed on the big screen and it has three full courts and one half court.

Address: 百灵鸟香蜜湖篮球福田区香蜜湖美食广车驾照

Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB10 (Unlimited Time)
  • Full court: RMB300 (Per Hour)

Sweet Lake Resort Park 2: Xiangmihu Basketball Park (百灵鸟香蜜湖篮球公园)

It has 6 full courts, but what makes these courts special is that they are surrounded by trees. The foliage offers a lot of cover, making those hot and sunny Shenzhen days easier to bear.

Address: 百灵鸟香蜜湖篮球福田区香蜜湖美食广车驾照

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Weekends), 16:00 – 22:00 (Weekdays)

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB15 (Unlimited Time)
  • Half court: RMB150 (Per Hour)
  • Full court: RMB300 (Per Hour)

Sweet Lake Resort Park 3: Q Park (香蜜湖篮球场)

This is the court where I always get pushed to play the best I can. The players here are really competitive and they play as though their lives depend on it. I love that attitude and competitiveness.

Address: 龙华新区民治8仓奥特莱斯汽车广场5楼楼

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB10 (Unlimited Time)
  • Half court: RMB140 (Per Hour)
  • Full court: RMB250 (Per Hour
  1. Shenzhen Bay Basketball Court

The Shenzhen Bay basketball complex is one of the most beautiful set of courts to play in the city. Located near the Olympiad stadium in Nanshan, this place has 8 courts and is within walking distance of Exit H at Houhai subway station.

Address: 深圳湾篮球场南山区深圳湾体育场外部天行达

Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Weekends), 16:00 – 22:00 (Weekdays)

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB10 (Unlimited Time)
  • Full court: RMB300 (Per Hour)
    4. Chegongmiao Basketball Court 

Chegongmiao Basketball Court has a very nice collection of eight courts where you are more likely to find foreigners hanging out and playing. Go down at the right time and you might be able to join in with a 1 vs 1 tournament. Head out from Chegongmiao subway station at Exit C to find this gem.

Address: (福田区泰然九路皇冠体育中心左 20)

Opening Hours: Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Weekends), 16:00 – 22:00 (Weekdays)

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB10 (Unlimited Time)
  • Full court: RMB300 (Per Hour)
  1. Upper Merlin V5 Basketball Court  (上梅林V5篮球场)

While Shenzhen has no shortage of outdoor basketball courts, it’s a lot harder to come by indoor places to play. I’ve included Upper Merlin V5 because it boasts two awesome indoor full courts. What’s even better is that you are able to get an individual ticket too, so you can find a pickup game if it’s raining one day. That being said, it’s not particularly close to any subway station, so bear that in mind.

Address: 梅林V5篮球场 福田区上梅林地铁站通大汽车广场3楼楼

Opening Hours: Opening Hours: 09:00 – 22:00 (Weekends), 16:00 – 22:00 (Weekdays)

Prices:

  • Individual ticket: RMB10 (Unlimited Time)
  • Full court: RMB200 (Per Hour)

 

 

Hiking To The Edge and Back

Hong Kong is a special place, and it can be difficult to put into words what makes it feel so special.  One of its great aspects is the pristine and varied nature on offer, and through Discovery this is at our fingertips or rather I should say out feet. The most recent adventure was ‘suicide cliff’ at Kowloon Peak.  Now this is not a very nice name for an area, but when you get there you will see that although unpleasant, its most certainly an apt name.

We left bright eyes and eager, chit chatting on the bus and even had a KTV treat from a late arriving hiker and the time flew by.  The bus weaved and twisted its way up the narrow road towards the peak, and with thick clouds of fog it was like something out of a horror movie.   But we arrived safe and sound in quick time and off we got ready to rumble.

The hidden trail that Vincent lead us on was a nice surprise and a real natural hike.  Walking on mud trails, and through the fog made me feel like I was back in my home country of Wales, a real treat! It was a bit slippery and wet, but that added to the fun, and at times the grass was up to my shoulders or higher.  You won’t see this kind of hike in Shenzhen.   The trail continued for an hour or so, it was challenging but not so difficult, and some great nature shots along the way.  After we popped through the grass we were at the helipad and it was time for lunch.

After we were nourished and watered it was onto the ‘suicide cliff’.  This would normally give breath-taking views of the vista below, but due to the fog we couldn’t see much.  However as we descended down the cliff the sky cleared and sun shone through, providing us with the great views that Hong Kong hiking is all about.  It was quite surreal having such changeable weather, even with just a few metres difference in altitude.  One minute wind is howling though your hair, the next minute you’re getting sunburned.  Only in Hong Kong would that happen!

Of course, with such great views on offer, and with the cliff dangling so close to your feet, pictures are an absolute must!  And boy did we take some pictures.  Group ones, individual ones, serious ones, funny ones, pretty much all types.   And as you’re standing above the panorama, clouds whirling around, gazing at the urban jungle below you, you really do feel a rush of exhilaration and adrenaline that makes you feel alive.  It was truly a marvel that will always be remembered.

The details

Bring 2 liters of water, there is nowhere to buy water on the mountain top.

Ditto, snacks & food.

If you take the stairs, then sports shoes will be okay.  If, like I did, you take the trail through the grass I recommend hiking shoes as it’s slippery with uneven terrain.

Phone power bank, in case phone dies and you need it in an emergency.

Difficulty is 4/5,  not for beginners, but also its not overly challenging.

Want to go?

At Choi Hung MTR station, walk along New Clear Water Bay Road and Fei Ngo Shan Road to the peak’s observation deck, which offers a wide-sweeping view of the cityscape.

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I dolci di Paola: Homemade Cakes That Taste As Good As They Look

If you are craving a cake that tastes as delicious as it looks, I dolci di Paola is the choice for you.

“To tell the truth, I’ve never really had much of a sweet tooth, but I was always fascinated by the beauty and creativity of the cakes I would see being made on television or posted on social media,” explained Paola Sellitto, the woman behind I dolci di Paola.

Paola described how it all started. “One day, I decided to make a cake for my husband. I didn’t want to buy it from a bakery. I wanted it to be personal, to be unique. So I made my fondant from scratch and handpicked all the ingredients so that the cake tasted and looked exactly as I had imagined. From that cake, I made another and another, and before long I had started I dolci di Paola.”

Paola is originally from the home of great cake makers that is Italy, but has been working in business in China for over a decade. However, I dolci di Paola is more than another business to Paola. It’s a hobby that turned into her passion.With a proud family background in cooking, Paola taught herself to bake through reading books, watching videos, and a lot of experimenting! It’s this dedication that can be seen in every cake she makes.

She treats each cake not as another job to be completed, but as a unique piece of art to be created. Whether it is a majestic floral cake for a wedding or a cute unicorn cake for a child’s birthday, every cake is homemade and has that personal, loving touch.

“Many fondant cakes look more beautiful than they actually taste. I am committed to creating cakes that taste as delicious as they look. At I dolci di Paola, our cakes combine the tastes of traditional Italian cake making with beautiful designs, and sometimes an added dash of extravaganza!”

To order your dream cake today, add Paola on WeChat at “Paolasellitto”. Please note that at least one week notice must be given and cakes must be picked up from the Seaworld area in Shekou.


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Award Winning Residence G Shenzhen to Bring Leisure French Style to South China

As an iconic, luxury serviced apartment & hotel, Residence G Shenzhen is dedicated to offering well-equipped modern facilities, hearty services and plenty of entertainment and leisure activities for its guests. The hotel is proud to have received multiple awards in 2018. These include two awards from Metropolitan Hotel Award 2018: Best Lifestyle Hotel and Best City Icon. Additionally, the hotel was awarded: “Best Service Apartment” by 20th New Express Fashion Awards and Tencent Travel Partner Outstanding Contribution Award.One of the latest additions to Shenzhen’s skyline, the award-winning Residence G Shenzhen is an extension of the Hotels G brand under the management of GCP Hospitality. Since the opening in March 2017, the hotel’s professional team has been led by General Manager Blandine Cressard, who specializes in high-end hospitality management. Blandine Cressard is originally from France and has two Master Degrees to her name along with over 27 years of experience working in hospitality. Blandine joined Residence G Shenzhen at its construction stage and led the team to gain notoriety within two years. As the only female candidate, she stood out from other competitors in the Hotelier Award 2018 assessment and made it into the top three finalists for the title of “Best General Manager” in the Greater China region.

Residence G Shenzhen offers 178 rooms and serviced apartments ranging from studios, 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments for short or long stays. Its French flair combined with service excellence and successful event collaborations won the hearts of those who have high demands when it comes to artistry and detail.

For both business people and families, the hotel offers a range of facilities from a restaurant and a bar to a full floor dedicated to sports and fitness. G Club is spread across the 10th and 11th floors. Here, you will find the 24-hour EnerGy Wellness and Sports Center, which features: a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, a gym, a multi-purpose indoor sports court, a yoga studio, a BBQ area within an outdoor terrace, and a Kids Club. On the 11th floor, you will find the in-vogue fine-dining restaurant and bar Club House. The ClubHouse restaurant offers European bistrot-style cuisine and is an ideal venue for catering and networking. There is also access to two meeting rooms which are equipped with high-tech vision boards and projectors as well as a mini-bar that has been selected to be suitable for small business meetings and mini seminars.

    

The serviced apartment has a spacious terrace with a breathtaking panoramic view. It is suitable for all kinds of entertainment and business networking. Last year, the French Chamber of Commerce in China and the General Consulate in Canton selected the venue to host Bastille Day Shenzhen Pool Party. In November, the hotel designed a six-hand chef dinner night on the terrace for its VIP guests. The culinary event was successfully helmed by the Michelin Star Chef de Cuisine Sylvain Royer along with talented executive chefs Hervé Frerard and Danny Xie.

Residence G Shenzhen is managed by GCP Hospitality and is located at
4078 Dongbin Road, Shenzhen, China

www.residencegshenzhen.com

Facebook.com/ResidenceGShenzhen

WeChat:  深圳G公寓ResidenceG

Make it an unforgettable Valentine’s Day with InterContinental Shenzhen

Valentine’s Day is a time to show the one you love how much you care for them. It’s a time for sharing the most luxurious gifts, enjoying romantic dinners by candlelight, and for making bold declarations of love. For many, it can be hard to find the perfect way to express their love. Fortunately, InterContinental Shenzhen has already prepared the perfect Valentine’s Day for you…

InterContinental Shenzhen understands just how important it is to make Valentine’s Day an unforgettable experience for you and your loved one. It’s the one day of the year where everything must go exactly as planned. That’s why the hotel has prepared three carefully tailored packages for couples this Valentine’s Day.

If you really want to give your love a Valentine’s Day experience they will never forget, then the “Best for Bringing the Bling” package is the natural choice for you. When it comes to giving your loved one that perfect Valentine’s Day, there really is no alternative.

Arrive in style by being escorted to the InterContinental Shenzhen in a Maserati. The chauffeur will collect you and your partner from anywhere in Shenzhen and take you to the hotel in comfort and luxury. Only the very best is good enough for your loved one and that’s why you will be staying in the Presidential Suite, which you will find adorned with 99 red roses when you arrive.

The Presidential Suite comes with its very own personal butler, who will be on hand to deal with any requests to help make sure it’s a perfect day for you both, including serving in-room dining breakfast in the morning.

This fantastic package also includes two complimentary tickets to the hot “Hello My Name Is Paul Smith” exhibition at the CR Tower Art Center Museum. After exploring the works of the British fashion icon, unwind and relax as you are pampered with a spa experience. Naturally, during your stay you will be treated as VIPs and enjoy all Club InterContinental benefits.

When it comes to enjoying a romantic evening on Valentine’s Day, nothing could be more appropriate than a private and intimate dinner at Pipette French restaurant. Share a complimentary bottle of champagne and enjoy some of the very best that French cuisine has to offer.

Second is the “Best for a Sweet Surprise” package. With this package, you can enjoy the elevated comfort of a Duplex Suite Room with 21 roses waiting for you both. Experience the InterContinental Shenzhen as a Club InterContinental member with a welcome drink in Lobby 1982, breakfast in the Club InterContinental lounge, and access to all other member benefits. For dinner, you and your loved one can enjoy a Brazilian BBQ feast at Alenha and celebrate in style with a lovely bottle of champagne on the house.

Third is the “Best for Getting your Love on”, which is bound to impress your loved one. Check in to your Deluxe Room to find a bunch of 11 red roses there to greet you and enjoy the pool view that comes with the complimentary room upgrade. The package includes some quality time with your partner taking in the afternoon tea in Lounge 1982 and also breakfast for two in Mercado Restaurant & Café. As you leave, you will be given a Valentine’s Day postcard with a photo of you and your loved one so will be able to cherish your stay forever.

Whichever package suits you, you are bound to have a Valentine’s Day to remember with InterContinental Shenzhen. Treat your loved one to the special day that they deserve and book your package today.

“Best for Bringing the Bling” Package – CNY52,000 nett per day

  • 1-night stay in Presidential Suite
  • Pickup or drop-off chauffeur service in Maserati
  • Personal butler service
  • Dinner for two at Pipette French restaurant with a bottle of champagne
  • In-room breakfast dining for two
  • VIP spa experience for two
  • “Hello My Name Is Paul Smith” exhibition for two
  • Club InterContinental membership benefits
  • Bunch of red roses x 99
  • Welcome drink in Lobby 1982
  • Valentine’s Day postcard

“Best for a Sweet Surprise” Package – CNY5,200 nett per day

  • 1-night stay in Duplex Suite
  • Dinner for two at Alenha Brazilian BBQ restaurant with a bottle of champagne
  • Breakfast for two in Club InterContinental Louge
  • Club InterContinental membership benefits
  • Bunch of red roses x 21
  • Welcome drink in Lobby 1982
  • Valentine’s Day postcard

“Best for a Sweet Surprise” Package – CNY1,520 nett per day

  • 1-night stay in Deluxe Room (Pool View)
  • Afternoon Tea for two at Lobby 1982
  • Breakfast for two in Mercado Restaurant & Cafe
  • Bunch of red roses x 11
  • Valentine’s Day postcard

Address: 9009 Shennan Road, OCT, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区华侨城深南大道9009 )

Tel: +86 (755) 3399 3388

Promotion Period: Thursday February 14th to Sunday February 17th

 

 

Escape Reality for the Night, and Enter the Matrix Club

Escape reality for the night, and enter the Matrix Clubfor the night, and enter the Matrix Club!

This super club opened up December 31st, 2018 in Shenzhen’s Houhai, Coastal city district of Nanshan.

If you enjoy huge venues with heaps of people, Matrix is a must see.

Over 4000 square meters of space, coupled with some of the best lighting and sound in the city, you are sure to be in for an intense night out.  At Matrix you will find yourself emersed in a mixture of various EDM styles, coupled with Hip-Hop and a variety of other flavours, often performed by world famous international DJs, along side their well experienced resident DJs.

Located about 300 meters from Houhai metro station in Nanshan, the venue is easily accessible from nearly anywhere in Shenzhen.  West entrance of OKMall
2 stand up bar located inside, and loads of private tables and booths.

Weekdays, currently no minimum consumption charge for tables.

Weekend table reservations start at 2000 rmb, and go up.

深圳市南山区文心六路42号凯宾斯基酒店裙楼1-2层
https://j.map.baidu.com/GwBaG
Wechat Official Account: MatrixClub
Instagram: @matrixclubshenzhen
Facebook: @matrixclubshenzhen

Place Name:  MatrixClub
Place Address:  42 Wenxin Sixth Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (Complex Building of Kempinskin)深圳市南山区文心六路42号凯宾斯基酒店裙楼1-2层
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 21068888

Sheraton Hotels & Resorts Debuts Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan, a new landmark in Shenzhen Xili, opened on 28 January 2019, owned by Shenzhen Bolin Tianrui Hotel Co., Ltd. As the only international hotel chain in Xili Town, Shenzhen Nanshan is set to be the gathering place for Xili Town in Nanshan District.

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan is owned and invested by Shenzhen Bolin Tianrui Hotel Co., Ltd, fully operated and managed by Marriott International, Inc. Innovative designed by Cheng Chung Design (CCD HK), one of the world’s leading hospitality interior design firms. Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan is situated in Liuxian Boulevard Nanshan District, where offers connectivity to the University Town, which is full of cultural atmosphere, meanwhile 5-minute walk to the University Town Metro Station. It takes 15-minute to the Shenzhen North Railway Station, 30-minute to the Shenzhen Airport, as well as 15-minute to the Hi-Tech Park and Shenzhen Bay Checkpoint by car.

Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan is an ideal destination when you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of cities in search of tranquility, leisure, and freedom. With the all-day dining restaurant, Xili Kitchen ranging from casual to fine-dining,you’ll find just the place to gather with friends or families for great moments. After a long day of exploring,enjoy a margarita in the Terrace Garden between the lights. Whether you’re planning a journey, a business trip,an intimate family reunion or an unforgettable moment once in lifetime,we will focus on every detail to ensure that the best service is presented.

The hotel offers 1200 square meters pillar-less Grand Ballroom, 11 multi-function rooms with state-of-art equipment and facilities,60 square meters color LED screen and professional stage audio equipment to sparking new inspiration for different meetings. Imaginative spaces set the scene for collaborative meetings at Sheraton. With over 400 hotels designed to maximize meetings, we’re rethinking the way you connect and create. Seamless planning, smart technology and energized environments make every meeting dynamic and productive.

Place Name: Sheraton Shenzhen Nanshan 深圳博林天瑞喜来登酒店
Place Address: No.4088 Liuxian Boulevard, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市南山区留仙大道4088号(518055)
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 22669999

Travel China in Full Color with China Tea Leaves

Here we are in Shenzhen, a city that is barely 40 years old, in a land with over 5,000 years of history. China to an outsider can be overwhelming, four times the population and twenty times older than the USA: massive, stereotyped, famous, yet mysterious.

How to decide where to go and how to travel here in the Middle Kingdom?

This question led me to create China Tea Leaves Travel Guides on Apple Books, and later develop China Tea Leaves guided tours. I wanted to bring a sense of the China I have come to know to first-time visitors and travelers here. I’ve lived in Shenzhen, China, for six years, soaking up everything I can about the history, culture, language, society, and rhythm of this massive place. These tours are not only planned by me using my own experience and expertise, but I am also your companion and guide throughout the journey. During our tours, I will point out as much as I can about the people, traditions, and language that we encounter together.

 

I’ve traveled throughout China, to pristine and picturesque landscapes, tiny farming villages, and to its bustling, modern metropolises. I find every place has its own beauty, and I love helping other travelers discover these places. Seeing travelers savor a new, unimagined taste or delight in a calming sunset beside a quiet lake—this is what keeps me going and makes every trip unique.

Because I am an expat, I understand the kinds of places international travelers are most drawn to, where we like to spend more time and also what is not worth doing. I love introducing guests to local restaurants, taking you down a small unknown street to a hidden temple, and sampling my favorite street foods. But I also know the best guesthouses to come back to at the end of a long day, where a cozy bed, a delicious breakfast and a friendly owner welcome you each time you return.

For overnight trips, I plan everything for the group and include as many costs as possible in the quoted price. Group sizes are usually between 8-14 people, for ease of getting around, learning as a small group, and bonding as friends during our time together.

I’ve conquered the heights of Tiger Leaping Gorge five times, I love to get lost in the strokes of Chinese calligraphy and the bending melodies of the ancient guqin, and I am always looking for the next morsel of culinary inspiration to bring back to my Shenzhen kitchen. I hope I can open up a little bit of China to the world, in its puzzles and its charms, to show in color, story, picture and poem a sense of China that you can’t get from a black and white text.

China Tea Leaves:

  • Interactive travel guides on Apple Books.
  • Small group tours departing from Shenzhen, including day trips and longer journeys.
  • Custom travel planning.
Contact Phone:  18681562850

 Marco Polo Shenzhen Won Customer Reputation Award 2018

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Marco Polo Shenzhen won the Customer Reputation Award on 2018 Customer Reputation Ceremony held by Southern Metropolitan Daily.

It was reported the Customer Regulation list was the guidance by Shenzhen Customer Commission, organised by Southern Metropolitan Daily and selected by customer. The award covers the retailers, scenic travel agency, and restaurant business and so on. More than hundreds business alliance competitors honour the classic brands of the 40th anniversary of the reform and opening-up and the 2018 annual consumer reputation award.

Marco Polo Shenzhen is the first international five-star hotel that is located in Futian CBD area. As the Marco Polo Shenzhen is located in the central of Futian district, it only takes 3 minutes by walk from Futian station to hotel after the Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong high-speed railway launched. As one of the signature Marco Polo hotel of Wharf Hotels Group, Marco Polo Shenzhen has always carried on the spirit of its brand culture, with full of bold and innovation to provide guests with hospitality & unique stay experience. No matter for a business trip or a short vacation, Marco Polo Shenzhen will be your first choice.

  • For inquiry or booking, please call(86 755)3339 7736 or email to: resv.shz@marcopolohotels.com

About Marco Polo Shenzhen
EXPLORE DISCOVER EXPERIENCE


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 33 brands with over 550 hotels in 77 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 13 million members exclusive opportunities to immerse themselves in local cultures wherever they travel. For more information, visit discoveryloyalty.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 深圳市福田中心区 福华一路28号
Place Phone: (0755) 8298-9888

 

 

The Pizza Factory: Build Your Own Pizza With Unlimited Toppings

With so many pizza places in town, it can be hard to stand out. The Pizza Factory, however, have come along with a concept that is going to shake up the game.

It’s simple, really. You get to build your own pizza. Not only that, but you can choose as many toppings as you like. All for the same price. RMB 68 for a 10” pizza, and RMB 88 for a 12”.

There are 32 toppings to choose from. And yes, before you ask, you can have all 32 toppings on the pizza if you want. Although we can’t guarantee what that will taste like. It’s fast as well. Your pizza cooks in just three minutes in the stone oven.

They don’t only do pizza and the chicken wings are a must-try. Marinated for 24 hours, these are the kind of wings that the phrase “finger licking good” was invented for.

They also deliver and you can find them on Meituan. They do kids parties too, where the kids can learn how to make their own pizzas.

So go check it out today, but admit it. We already had you at “build your own pizza with unlimited toppings”, didn’t we?

Address: 5th Floor, The Eslite Spectrum, Mixc World, Near Hi-Tech Park Subway Station Exit A, Nanshan (地铁一号线高新园站A出口万象天地诚品生活5楼(大象旁))

Tel: 0755-86953092

New Aerial Footbridge Linking Lianhuashan Park Opens

Lianhuashan is the biggest and most well known of all the parks in the city covering a staggering 150 hectares.  It is frequently in the Trip Advisor top 10 things to do in the city and is usually one of the 1st places visited by any tourist or new residents to the city.  That is due to its convenient central location, its abundant greenery, its serene nature and its beautiful flora and fauna.  Some of the attractions here include kite square and peach grove. It also offers a sensational view of the civic centre and downtown Shenzhen below you from a viewing platform that requires a short hike.  You can also visit ‘grandpa’ Deng Xiaoping the founder of modern Shenzhen and a hero to many in the city, his statue stands tall at the peak of the hill, striding forward confidently into the future.Recently a new aerial bridge opened, linking this park with Upper Hills, an urban area comprising of apartments, restaurants, hotels and businesses.  At 300 meters long it is only partially opened.  The plan is for the bridge to eventually be 1.2 km long and link Lianhuashan Park with Bijiashan Park, another beautiful park in the Futian area.  The aim of the bridge is to separate pedestrian and vehicles as the CBD area eventually becomes more and more developed and as a result busier.  Its going to become a convenient way for sightseeing, park walking and shopping.   When completed it will take only 10 minutes to walk between the two parks with the option of stopping and resting at Upper Hills in the middle. This is welcome news as Huanggang and Caitian Road often have awful traffic.

The bridge is made up of heavy duty steel,  and the walk between Lianhuashan and Upper Hills is a short one and you can look over the bridge to get nice sweeping views below you.  There is nice wooden architecture dotted around and some colourful flowers too.  Upper Hills will eventually become a hub area for creativity, gourmet restaurants, and financial companies.  Although not completely finished it provides a nice respite from the park and its nice to walk around, see the cool architecture or grab a bite in one of the many restaurants on offer.

Lianhuashan is located at Children’s Palace metro station line 2/4 exit F.

Enter the main gate then follow the signs for the northeast entrance.  You’ll see the bridge as you walk in the direction.

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Hidden History in Shenzhen

A common criticism about Shenzhen is that it has no history or culture.  But that is far from the truth.  Shenzhen is the final resting place of an Emperor of China!  In fact, he was the last emperor of his dynasty. It is known as ‘King Zhaobing’s Mausoleum of Song Dynasty’ Or ‘The Tomb of the Young Emperor’.  This is believed to be the final resting place of the last Emperor of the Southern Song Dynasty who died in 1279 after escaping the Mongols who had taken the dynastic capital Hangzhou.Located in an obscure part of Shekou in Chiwan this is not somewhere you will just randomly stumble across.  But believe me it is worth the trip into this possibly unfamiliar territory. In a modern mega city this type of historical significance is a rare treat to find.  When visiting you could almost imagine you are in another place all together, you’ll see no skyscrapers here! It’s nice to snap some Instagram worth pictures, but remember this is a tomb so try to do so respectfully. Emperor tombs in China are not usually so readily available to visit so this is indeed an opportunity to seize. 

A short hop from the tomb is Tian Hou temple.  You can combine the two to ensure you get the most out of your visit. The Tianhou Temple was first built in 1410. Tianhou, commonly called Matsu, is considered the Mother of Heaven. She is also the Goddess of the Sea and worshipped by sailors and fishermen across south-east Asia. There are more than 1,500 temples which share this name across Asia.  One of the quietest temples in the city this is a nice chance to soak up the culture and just get a spiritual moment or two in a hectic life.  You can light a candle for a loved one or make a wish in the well.  Shrines to Buddha loom down and you get a very community feel here. This isn’t the Shekou that you are probably familiar with.  It has beautifully preserved architecture but has an authentic age to it.  Similar to temples you’ll find in Hong Kong. You’ll see local people burning fake money, putting fruit on the altars and just simply going about their business. The aroma of incense is all around you. The ticket price is RMB 15.00 and goes towards restoration of the building.

Chiwan metro station exit C and get a bike taxi from outside the metro to Tian Hou Gong  or get buses 204/226/B945/M106/M371/M448 to Tian Hou Gong

Emperors Tomb get bus B945 from Chiwan metro station to Gangwan Community.

For history lovers.  Time 1-2 hours.

Tomb location: Zhaoshang street, Chiwan village, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518067

Temple Location: No.9, Chiwan 6th road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

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Beeplus Super Bakery: The World’s Biggest Bakery?

Beeplus are already well known in the city for their awesome co-working spaces in Shekou and Futian. So we were excited to check out their latest project, Beeplus Super Bakery.

Located in Houhai, right next to the subway, this bakery is big. I mean, really big. We’re talking 3,000 square meters spread over two floors. It’s said to be the biggest bakery in the world, and Bee+ are in contact with the Guinness Book Of Records to make it official.

Although in truth, Beeplus Super Bakery is so much more than a bakery. As well as a bakery where one hundred types of bread are baked, there is also a coffee station, a fruit tea area, and a juice bar. They have a cake station where you can see the chef’s giant castle made of cake and icing. They have spaces selling Bee+ merchandise, and they even have a bar where you can enjoy afternoon tea or have a draught beer or cocktail.

So come and check out Beeplus Super Bakery. I mean, it’s not every day you visit the world’s biggest bakery…

Address: Kempinski Mall 1-2 Floors,3rd Haide Avenue , Nanshan District, Shenzhen [Exit D1 of Houhai Station on Metro Line 2 or Line 11] (深圳市南山区粤海街道海德三道 凯宾斯基大厦商场一&二层 【地铁2号线或11号线 后海站D1出口】)

Indulge With Seafood And Sparkling Wine at Intercontinental Shenzhen

It’s important not to forget to indulge yourself every once and awhile. To treat yourself to a meal with luxurious surroundings, quality food, and of course, the finest drinks. Whether it’s for a birthday, to celebrate an anniversary, or even just because you feel like giving yourself something nice. With such indulgence in mind, I introduce The Treasure Of The Sea promotion at the Mercado Restaurant & Café at the InterContinental Shenzhen.

The promotion is an extravagant celebration of seafood offering a buffet selection that includes a Live Tuna Station and French Gillardeau Oysters capped off in fine style with free flow Chandon Sparkling Wine.

The InterContinental Shenzhen, situated in the scenic and quaint surroundings of OCT, is one of the city’s more iconic hospitality venues. The hotel’s Spanish theme lends itself as a picturesque setting and the Mercado Restaurant & Café always offers a lively atmosphere.

The Mercado Restaurant & Café is already one of the top dining spots in town, but with The Treasure Of The Sea promotion, the buffet selection is really not to be missed.

Arguably the centerpiece of the evening, and this writer’s favorite moment, is the Live Tuna Station. Led by Executive Sous Chef, Jason Liu, the team of chefs prepares the giant Yellowfin Tuna for guests to enjoy. The fresh fish can be savored as a Tuna Salad, Tuna Sushi or Sashimi, or the highly-recommended Pan Fried Tuna Fillet. It’s so hard to choose between the dishes that you will be forgiven to come back to sample them all.

The selection of chilled seafood and sashimi extends beyond the Yellowfin Tuna, however, with a treasure trove of dishes available including Mantis Shrimp, Arctic Shellfish, Alaskan Crab Leg, Tiger Crab, and Salmon.

The Live Tuna Station is not the only gem of the InterContinental Shenzhen’s Treasure Of The Sea. The hotel has spared no expense when sourcing their shellfish and guests can enjoy French Gillardeau Oysters as part of the buffet during the promotion. You will only need to try one of these plump and soft oysters with its hazel aftertaste to appreciate why Gillardeau are ranked in the top three oyster suppliers in France.

If you can pull yourself away from the oysters for a moment, then there are a number of other shellfish to be enjoyed. The Steamed Scallop With Garlic and Rice Noodles and the Baked Mussel With Bacon And Vanilla Sauce stand out on the menu.

The Treasure Of The Sea promotion boasts a number of live cooking stations, and after the Live Tuna Station, the Lobster Area also caught the eye. There, the team of chefs can be found busy preparing Grilled Lobster With Spinach And Cheese. Other cooking stations well worth a visit include the Abalone area for Braised Abalone With Rice And Oyster Sauce and the Fish Maw area for Stewed Fish Maw With Millet Congee.

One of the biggest draws of this promotion from the InterContinental Shenzhen is the very generous free flow offering on Chandon Sparkling Wine. After all, what better choice of drink is there to pair with the French Gillardeau Oysters or the Yellowfin Tuna Sashimi. The Chandon comes in four varieties ensuring a taste for every palette. 

You don’t have to wait for a special occasion to experience The Treasure Of The Sea. Remember, sometimes it’s good to indulge yourself a little…

Address: 9009 Shennan Road, OCT, Shenzhen (深圳市南山区华侨城深南大道9009 )

Tel: +86 (755) 3399 3388

Promotion Period: Until Thursday 31st January 2019

Buying Now!

Smelly Cat: Friends Themed Café In Shekou

There was a time when Friends was the biggest TV show in the world. Everyone was asking if Ross and Rachel would end up together and guys tried (and failed) to hit on girls with Joey’s “How you doin’?” line. With the show enjoying a renaissance on Netflix and reaching new fans, it’s perhaps not surprising to see a Friends themed café opening up in Shekou.

Smelly Cat, located in the tech park area of Shuiwan, is a faithfully recreated version of the show’s Central Perk coffee shop with clear love and attention to detail for the sitcom; from the name of the café referencing Phoebe’s song, to the napkins printed with the lyrics to I’ll Be There For You, to the front window with that iconic Central Perk logo.

What’s perhaps surprising is that the drinks, snacks, and desserts are actually not bad and reasonably priced. They do a solid cheesecake and the vanilla hot chocolate came with Friends written in it.

Smelly Cat is a must for fans of Friends, but you might just find yourself coming back again and making it your hangout just like in the show.

Address: 深圳市南山区南海大道1057号科技大厦2期B座1层101号

Largest Expat Library in Shenzhen

One of the biggest problems for bibliophiles in Shenzhen was where to find English books? Yes the libraries around the city have some options as does Book City, but I always left feeling dissatisfied with the selection.   And for many book lovers (myself included) downloading ebooks was a poor substitute for holding a real book in my hand and feeling the pages between my fingers.  So book lovers rejoice!  For the largest expat library in the city is available to you.

In a Shuiwei community centre, lies a haven for book lovers.  During the weekday its just a normal local centre, and the books lie undisturbed and untouched.  But during the weekend book exchanges the library screams to the heavens and roars to life, ready to bring books and fun into people’s lives. The event is called Book Exchange Library and it is a free event, open to all people in Shenzhen.   It is rather a confusing name, it’s more like half library half book club.  No exchange is actually needed.  You can come along, have a browse and if you see a book you like then you’re welcome to take it home to read at your leisure.  No charge!

The collection comprises of over 900 books, built up over the years from donations.  The collection has slowly grown and now has books in multiple languages (mainly English) and covers all genres from well known thrillers, to classic novels all the way to obscure sci-fi.  The Book Exchange Library has it all.  Some of the books are almost new, and some have seen better days. Passed along from one book lover to the next, read and enjoyed then passed along to the next.  The stories these books themselves could tell would be fascinating!

The Book Exchange has a loyal following, with familiar faces popping in to swap books or have a chat.  New members are always welcomed, and volunteers are on hand to assist and help out.  Regular book discussions take place, and occasionally authors will come for question and answer sessions about their books and their life story.  These will always be done in English.   When there’s no events or discussions it’s just a quiet place where people can meet, talk and of course read.  Please come along and check it out for yourself.

The Book Exchange Library is organized twice monthly, on a Sunday and on a weekday (usually Wednesday).  For more information about future events and directions to the community centre please follow their official wechat.

Global K12 School Opening its Campus in Shenzhen This Fall

Whittle School & Studios intends to create the world’s first truly modern school serving students from age three to 18. Among its global network of campuses located in major cities around the world, the first two will be in Washington, D.C. and Shenzhen, China, both scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

In this article, Jim Hawkins demonstrates how Whittle’s extraordinary education will prepare their graduates for entry to the world’s leading universities.

Jim Hawkins  Global Head of School Heads & Vice Chancellor  of Whittle School & Studios  Former Head Master of Harrow School, UK
Jim Hawkins -Global Head of School Heads & Vice Chancellor of Whittle School & Studios -Former Head Master of Harrow School, UK 

The education provided and enjoyed at Whittle School & Studios will be innovative, global, experiential, project based and personalised to the talents and needs of the students.  We are creating something extraordinary and unique, and, in so doing, we are deliberately not taking on legacy examination frameworks that are inadequate, schedule-dominating and constraining.

We will, of course, ensure that our students have the best possible university options when they graduate from Whittle. In fact, because of the style of learning that they experience with us, they will be much better placed than those who have simply been labouring towards the production of examination grades.

❏ Graduate with Portfolios of the Highest Quality

We are not an A-level, IB or AP school. There will be no standard public examination framework taken on wholesale by Whittle School & Studios. There are good reasons for this. Doing so would greatly constrain our students’ time and flexibility to produce portfolios of the highest quality. The day to day learning experience at Whittle will be on a radically different level from, say, an A-level school, which has too many constraints, and too much time spent on undemanding content, taught in suboptimal style.

All Whittle students will graduate with a sophisticated portfolio of their own work, including rigorous and impressive projects that demonstrate knowledge, understanding, flair and creativity. They will have true expertise in at least one area of study and will have demonstrated, for the record, their mastery of key techniques and subject areas.

Here are some examples of what could appear in student portfolios:

  • Extended essays, assessed by a top academic
  • Engineering projects, graded by a respected scientific society
  • Prizewinning poetry
  • Mathematics or science olympiad certificates
  • Multimedia, interdisciplinary projects, suitable for sending electronically to universities

❏ Advisory Program

Acknowledging that the world of university and college entrance is diverse, complex and ever changing, all pupils will be brilliantly advised by expert guides who have current and sophisticated knowledge of university entrance requirements.

We anticipate that there will be some variation in terms of what certain universities will want to see in a student’s application. Some may insist on an SAT-type score; others will want a video to be submitted, or an online profile. Our university counselling and advisory process will result in a personalised approach to applications so that our students know the requirements well in advance and can work towards them. In the event that the best approach for an individual pupil is to do, say, one or two AP courses, then that will be offered but not as standard for all.

Starting from Grade 9, college counselling will seamlessly integrates students’ personal and academic narratives, creating a holistic picture of an entire Whittle School & Studios journey and leading to admission to a college that is the best fit for each student.

❏ Outreach to Top Universities

We are working with the world’s leading 100 universities to establish a strong working relationship with them all. Whittle Shool & Studios’ Chancellor, Nicholas Dirks (formerly Chancellor of Berkeley) is leading this. Our work in this domain tells us that they welcome the Whittle approach and that our students will be well placed to demonstrate their ability, mastery levels and potential through the university selection process.

Imagine a network of schools, created by an international consortium of educators, architects, artists and technologists.

With regard to their journey through university and college admissions, our students will not be going down an untrodden path.  Far from it: many of the world’s most admired schools, eg in the US independent sector, have been using such routes for their students for years, and with great success.

We are going to be bold, realistic, well informed and innovative in our approach towards university preparation – using established public examination qualifications only when it suits individual pupils – and will work in partnership with the world’s leading universities to achieve our goals and enable our students to have the best possible learning experience, at Whittle and beyond.

Upcoming Whittle Parent Information Events

Date:2019/01/19 2:30-4:30pm

2019/02/28 2:30-4:30pm

Venue:18/F, CMPort Plaza, Industrial 3rd Rd, Nanshan District, Shenzhen

Price:Free entry

Scan the QR Code to register

Whittle School Official Wechat: 

Chinese Name:   

荟同学校

Place Address:  

18/F CM Port Building, Industrial 3rd Road, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 518067

深圳市南山区工业三路招商局港口大厦18层
Place Phone: 

+86 (755) 26691818

First DownYouth American Football Academy

First DownYouth American Football Academy is the latest Football Academy to open in Shenzhen. After seeing the growth of American Football in China over the past few years, two longtime Shenzhen expats founded First Down in the summer of 2018.

First Down opened wanting to provide a safe and fun football experience for kids in the community. The head coaches are USA Football certified Tackle and Flag Football coaches with over 25 years of combined experience. Using this knowledge, they have been able to create the only authentic American Football experience in Shenzhen. This is not just about learning how to play a sport, but a cultural experience too.

The core values and principles of Football go far and beyond the playing field. Sportsmanship, teamwork, discipline, life skills, humility, perseverance, camaraderie and respect are just a few of the things young athletes will learn about when playing and learning about this sport.

American Football is an extremely team oriented sport. Every person on a team is as important as the next. If one teammate fails to do their job, the entire team will fail. There is an old adage that applies to football, “You are only as strong as your weakest link”. This is what makes this sport unique. It provides a platform for children to learn how to communicate and work together to achieve a common goal through sports. If a team works together they can achieve anything, the sky is the limit!

For now, practices are held in the Shekou area but there will be expansions to other areas in the future. Boys and girls from 3 years old to 13 years old are welcome to attend and every child is encouraged to attend a free trial class before signing up. 7 years and under will be playing non-contact flag football while 8 and older will play tackle football.

Contact Ben for more information:

 

Doubletree By Hilton Shenzhen Longhua Thank You Party

Walk Together, For Better 2019

On the evening of January 8, 2019, DoubleTree by Hilton Shenzhen Longhua held the “Walk Together, For Better 2019” Thank You Party. Hotel invited VIP clients and media friends in Shenzhen to gather together and celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year.

In the evening, the strong Chinese New Year festival atmosphere makes the guests as if place themselves in the busy New Year. Big red lanterns, Spring Festival couplets, delicate and delicious traditional Chinese food, dim sum and hot drinks, all of which enable guests to enjoy the Chinese New Year on the tip of their tongue in advance. Hotel also prepared traditional Chinese skills with special historical charm for the guests — silhouette and paper cutting performance, folk music performance, close-up magic and lucky draw, making the whole evening’s activities wonderful and spectacular.

The Thank You Party not only interprets the warmest and truest meaning of reunion in Chinese New Year, but also delivers the gospel of happiness, gratitude and reunion to every guest who gives consistent support to the hotel. In 2019, all the hotel associate will never forget their original intention and will continue to provide the guests with meticulous and considerate services.

It is reported that during the Spring Festival, hotel will be turned into the New Year food paradise. OPEN All Day Dining Restaurant, Qing Ya Chinese Restaurant, IRORI Japanese Cuisine and The Living Room will offer a series of seasonal delicacies to all guests and celebrate the Chinese New Year!

About Hilton


Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company, Hilton earned a spot on the 2018 world’s best workplaces list, and has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its nearly 100 year history. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program, Hilton Honors, nearly 82 million members who book directly with Hilton have access to instant benefits, including digital check-in with room selection, Digital Key, and Connected Room. Visit newsroom.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, TwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

About Hilton Honors


Hilton Honors is the award-winning guest loyalty program for Hilton’s 15 world-class brands comprising more than 5,500 properties with nearly 895,000 rooms, in 109 countries and territories. 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 nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard WiFi. Members also enjoy popular digital tools available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors mobile app, where Hilton Honors members can check-in, choose their room, and access their room using a Digital Key. With nearly 82 million members, Hilton Honors offers hundreds of ways to earn and redeem Points. Members can redeem their Points for free nights, premium merchandise, and items on Amazon Shop with Points; make charitable contributions; or gain access to unique events through the Hilton Honors auction platform (hiltonhonors.com/auctions), such as exclusive artist experiences and hotel concert events with Live Nation®, and race experiences with the McLaren-Honda Formula 1 team. The program is free to join, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.hiltonhonors.com. Connect with Hilton Honors at newsroom.hilton.com/hiltonhonors, and follow Hilton Honors on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About DoubleTree by Hilton


DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 540 upscale hotels with more than 127,000 rooms across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie, to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet spaces. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. To make reservations, travelers may visit doubletree.com. Connect with DoubleTree by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Learn about the latest brand news at newsroom.hilton.com/doubletree.

About Travel with Purpose


Travel with Purpose is Hilton’s corporate responsibility strategy to redefine and advance sustainable travel globally. By 2030, we plan to double our social impact and reduce our environmental footprint by half. We track, analyze and report our environmental and social impact at each of Hilton’s more than 5,500 hotels through LightStay, our award-winning performance measurement system. Travel with Purpose capitalizes on Hilton’s global scale to catalyze local economic growth; promote human rights; invest in people and local communities; and preserve our planet by reducing our impact on natural resources. Our strategy aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Visit cr.hilton.com to learn more.

Place Name: 深圳龙华希尔顿逸林酒店
Place Address: No. Donghuan 2nd Road, Longhua District, Shenzhen 深圳市龙华区东环二路8号
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 6166 8888

New Hiking Trail to Nanshan Mountain

Shekou people rejoice!  A new trail has opened on the much loved and well hiked Nanshan mountain.  One of the great things about Shenzhen is the numerous and varied hikes on offer to both to avid hiker, or the humble beginner.  Nanshan mountain is a very popular and well hiked mountain due to its casual difficulty, nice views and convenient location. From early morning till late at night, you will never be alone when you are on this mountain. Nanshan mountain is only about 330 meters in height, so, if you are on the mountain, you will encounter people of all ages, such as the elderly, young parents carrying their new born babies, and even toddlers who are climbing the mountain using hands and feet.

Views

On a clear day the views on offer here are quite fantastic, you can see the panoramic vista of Shekou below you, and can see far off into the ocean too. There are several vantage points, which each provide excellent views, so its up to you how many of them you want to see.  This is also an excellent night time hike, as the city below you twinkles in the night sky. The trail is not so well lit at night but there will always be a ton of people hiking so safety is not a problem, just follow the crowd. The trail is paved in stairs so it’s easy to follow and impossible to get lost.

New Trail

Recently a new trail to this mountain has opened up.   Experienced hikers of this mountain will tell you its been there for over 2 years, however up until now its not been open to the public.  I regret to say this is NOT a new trail to the top of the mountain, but actually a trail that links to the BASE of the mountain at which you start the hike.  This will only benefit those that live in the Chiwan/Shekou Port area as it can connect directly and will save some time.  If you are coming from others parts of Shenzhen then this new trail will not really be convenient for you to use.  It starts from near the Shan Hai Yun community and ends just near Nanshan mountain park.  Its around 440 meters and has a rest stop and some decent views.  There is an abundance of flora and fauna along the way and it’s a feast for the eyes.   This path is open 7 AM until 6 PM every day.

Shan Hai Yun Community.
Go right beside this electrical equipment and the wall.
Follow this alleyway to the trail.

Details

Hike difficulty 2.5/5.  Not very high and it’s all stairs.

Bring 2 liters of water with you just to be safe.  There will be someone at the top to buy water from but it will be more expensive.  Same for snacks, bring your own.

From Seaworld Metro station exit A,  walk forward and turn right, follow the road forward until you see the sign for Nanshan Mountain Park.

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