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When we think of Italian food, we think pasta and pizza, but Mr. Panino is ready to introduce another much-loved Italian favorite. The panini.
Mr. Panino’s has a growing list of over 20 different kinds of Italian sandwiches. The classic Cartoccio, Salsiccia, Steak Panino, and Bresaolino are firm favorites with the regulars. While sweet options like the Obeso, with Nutella and Caramelized Banana, are a must try.
Situated a short walk from the subway in the quiet neighborhood of Shixia in Futian, Mr. Panino offers a welcome change of pace and a homely atmosphere.
Mr. Panino only opened in November but it’s already a popular hangout with the Italians in the city, and it won’t be long before everybody else hears about this little gem.
Heel’s Kitchen 2018, the first ever female only culinary event held at Grand Hyatt Guangzhou from December 7-9, dazzled the epicureans of Guangzhou with spectacular culinary masterpieces created by amazing ladies.
Year 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 hosted eight female chefs from six cities with a collective seven Hyatt properties, plus one TV celebrity chef. The event series featured two dinners, three lunches, six cooking classes, three afternoon tea and one very unique chef battle on December 9, when two teams went head to head in an extraordinary culinary extravaganza.
The epic Chef Battle Dinner on December 9, featured Lily Liu from Park Hyatt Hangzhou, Smita Grosse from Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Siriluck Lekkwan from Grand Hyatt Macau and Lucy Tang from Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, who battled the team composed of Jacqueline Qiu from YIGUO, Jane Luo from Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, Dana Lin from Park Hyatt Guangzhou and Elsa Lai from Hyatt Regency Hangzhou. All guests became judges and voted for the team they liked. After four rounds of competition on starter, soup, main course and dessert, Team A led by Jacqueline won the challenge with a tantalizing display of molecular gastronomy!
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 of this global Hyatt direction.
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.
Earlier this year, ISNS students continued a clothing drive that was initiated last year. The purpose of the initiative is to bring warmth to those less fortunate, especially during these cold winter months. Most recently, ISNS students were able to hear back from the organization that helped them to deliver the donated items. Hear from them in the Q&A below as they describe the purpose of the event, the reason for continuing the project and insights they learned along the way.
What were the dates for the clothing drive?
It was held from October 22- November 9.
What was the event?
ISNS and Dream in DaLiangShan 2018 Clothing Drive. It is an initiative that helps to bring warmth to those less fortunate with a specific focus on donating winter clothes for children in DaLiangShan.
Who was benefitting from this drive?
The clothing drive is benefitting children that attend the Maka Elementary school, in DaLiangShan, Sichuan Province.
How did you execute the clothing drive?
Before the clothing donation officially began, we approached Ms. Crossman about the initiative and our interest to continuing the project this year. With her permission and support, we created posters and drafted emails to spread the news around the school to get as much support as we could. We had two weeks where our school community could donate. During these two weeks, we spent much of our spare time during lunch and after school to sort, count, and organize the donated items. By the last day, we had ended up with twenty boxes of donated items. We were really excited about how many items of clothing were able to receive. We then coordinated with the postal office and had them shipped to Daliangshan. It took about two weeks to arrive. Upon delivery, the children received all our donations and we were very appreciative towards the principal for graciously sending us the photos of the students receiving their winter clothes.
Why did you pursue this initiative?
Through the organization “Dream in DaLiangShan”, we were made aware that there was a group of children in DaLiangShan, Sichuan Province that were not able to have proper winter clothes. With winter fast approaching and understanding that this was something we could help with, we decided we would be agents for good and organize this event to help them. This campaign is a very small act, but we feel that this will encourage others to do the same. See a need and fill it.
Any closing comments?
Because winter was fast approaching, we had a limited time to collect the donations. Taking into consideration the time to transport the items, we were concerned that we would not be able to receive enough donations for the children. But to our surprise from the very first day of the event there were lots of donations that came in; jackets, coats, toppings, pants, scarves, socks and so much more. Seeing the donations grow and grow, we are really touched and appreciative of the generosity of our community. The amount of donations had greatly exceeded our expectations. We would like to thank everyone that participated and donated to the clothing drive, including, “Dream in DaLiangShan”, our teachers, students, parents, the minivan driver, and postal workers. Thank you for all your contributions to this worthy cause!
At ISNS, we endeavor to help our students not only see the impact but be the impact.
Merchiston International School (MIS) is the first of its kind in Shenzhen. Priding itself on providing a British education and boarding system, MIS is the first overseas campus of Merchiston Castle School, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. With a history of over 185 years, MIS combines experience and knowledge with modern facilities and up-to-date technology, creating a unique setting for students to fulfil their learning potential.
Having only opened in August this year MIS already has around 200 students currently on roll, with the capacity for up to 1,200 students. The specially designed building is spacious and airy, centred around The Colinton Atrium that stretches to the seventh floor. This provides an area for the whole school to congregate and joins onto The Castle Hall auditorium where assemblies and presentations are held.
Extensive sports facilities include a basketball court, badminton courts, tennis courts, a fitness suite, an indoor swimming pool and a running track which starts inside then leads out of the building and around the football pitch. These facilities are used for a range of extra-curricular opportunities as well as Physical Education lessons which follow the English National Curriculum. MIS sports teams are already taking part in local competitions against other schools and will likely follow the example set by Merchiston Castle School in having a fantastic sporting reputation.
Sweeping staircases and a bank of glass elevators lead students, staff and visitors to the other levels of the school. Here can be found Science laboratories set up with state-of-the-art equipment, Design and Technology rooms, a Dance studio, a Music suite with individual practice rooms and a black box theatre for Drama. This is alongside the school library which – although already substantial – is still a work in progress. When complete it will be on two floors: one section for the Juniors and the other section for the Senior students. The library has several spaces for quiet study which the students are welcome to use whenever they need to. The Librarian and Library Assistant are always on hand to help students with any request they have.
Enticing murals decorate the corridors leading to the Art rooms, produced by the students from various classes. Each classroom has a wall of windows facing into the corridor along which students’ work is displayed and it’s easy to see the light open rooms waiting to be filled with eager children. The classrooms are all multi-media with either interactive whiteboards or interactive televisions set up for use by teachers and students alike. All students in the Juniors section of the school get a tablet to use in lessons and for their studies; students from Year 7 upwards have a laptop each.
The youngest members of the school, aged 5-7, have open classrooms leading out to an enclosed play area, suitable for outdoor learning as well as playtimes. Colourful and useful displays decorate the walls, interactive televisions are ready to be used by teachers and students alike, and up a spiral staircase is a mezzanine floor waiting to be converted into a habitat for the latest topic.
Once students reach Year 3 they usually board at the school during the week, and from Year 7 it is compulsory. This is what sets MIS apart more than anything else – it is the only British International boarding school in Shenzhen. From Year 5 students are allowed to stay at school during the weekends and can take part in the numerous activities on offer; everything from tree climbing and slack-lining to French cooking classes to visits to Window of the World. Sundays are more relaxed and students focus on completing their homework while being supervised by the teachers on site.
The curriculum at Merchiston International School is based on the English National Curriculum. At the Juniors level this is integrated with the International Primary Curriculum and Merchiston Castle School Edinburgh Juniors Curriculum. This ensures that every student develops valuable learning skills, creativity and international-mindedness which are then extended and enriched. In the Seniors, Years 7-9, a program is being developed based on the English National Curriculum with a focus on cultivating English skills to ensure students will be ready for the IGCSE exams at the end of Year 11. In the final two years at MIS students study for Advanced Level (A Level) examinations. This curriculum gives students an ideal starting point for their future prospects, especially for those wanting to study or work abroad in the future.
MIS goes a step further than most schools when welcoming prospective students. Not only are they given a full tour, they are also given the opportunity to take part in school activities for a day or even two. Students from Year 3 upwards are able to board at the school; this can be daunting for children who have never stayed away from home before. To show potential new students that living at school can actually be great fun whilst also being a valuable learning experience, they are invited to spend a night at school and take part in the usual evening activities. This way they get a real feel for the school and what it would be like to attend, as well as having the opportunity to make new friends from all over the world.
Outside of lessons MIS prides itself on the extensive program of Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) on offer. There are two sessions every day at the end of lessons and after a short break. The youngest students choose from options such as gardening, cooking club, board games, tennis, Maths, gymnastics, martial arts and Chinese culture and language clubs. Students in Years 3 to 6 have a wider range of activities, including calligraphy, swimming, French, Spanish, yoga, IT and multi-sports, as well as the opportunity for the same clubs at a higher level than the younger years. Seniors students have a more challenging range of options: Science, creative writing, jewellery making and drama, to name a few, alongside external competitions like the Mini United Nations (MUN) and activities with a whole school impact such as the School Yearbook Club.
MIS ensures that parents are also involved with the school as much as possible. To this end there are Parent Forums once a month on a variety of topics, such as Learning outside the Classroom, Inclusive Education and Additional Support, and Boarding Life. There are also regular tours of the campus for prospective parents.
For further information or to visit Merchiston International School please see the contact information below.
Chinese and Pinyin Name: 深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校（shenzhen man che si tong cheng bao xue xiao）
Consistently in the top 10 things to do in most Hong Kong travel guides, this is truly a memorable experience. However unlike the main attractions this is far less busy. Maybe due to its location or maybe because some walking is involved, I’m really not sure. But I can assure you the trip here is worth it. The Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery is a wonderful addition to your Hong Kong itinerary . It was founded in the 1950’s and is not only just one monastery, but consists of 5 temples, 4 pavilions and 1 pagoda. The name is actually deceiving as there are over 14.000 buddhas here.
Tucked away, this is not the easiest place to find, but when you do you be instantly blown away by the sight. Lifelike golden Buddha’s, glittering in the sun, stretching as far as the eye can see. As you ascend the 430 steps you will be gazed upon by these looming figures. Quite a surreal experience. And a great selfie opportunity. Check out each Buddha, each one has a unique and different expression. Some jovial and some menacing. Choose your favourite! The statues become grander and more ornate as you climb and at the top is a wonderful temple where you can pay your respects. A magnificent view of downtown Hong Kong is provided too. A Perfect gift after a long climb. This is a very peaceful spot, and you can just while away some time here, wouldn’t even believe you are in a mega city like Hong Kong. At the top there are several temples you can look at, and a nice water feature that apparently brings good luck. Many female buddhas are also here in all their splendour. The main hall has more than 12,000 small golden buddha statues alone!
A giant towering pagoda also greets you at the top. All one can do is just gawk at it in awe. This pagoda is actually featured on the HKD 100.00 banknote and is an iconic landmark of this city! You can have the chance to climb the 9 floors and see the vista below you.You can sit and rest for a while, or snap some pictures. You can go down again, but this time using a different path. Fewer Buddha’s on this route but watch out for the monkeys. They will appear and try to steal your belongings so be careful! Or possibly just sit and watch you as you go by, who knows! Going down you will wind through a local community, with houses and daily life, a nice end to day.
How to get there
Sha Tin metro station exit B
Walk forward past the bus station and keep on the left hand side, heading towards the mall. Turn left at the mall and walk towards a giant cemetery (do not go in here) just to the right of that is a tiny little path. Enter here and you’ll see some gold statues, you know you’re in the right area then.
Takes 1-2 hours.
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Marco Polo Shenzhen is a five-star hotel with high customer loyalty, located in the heart of Futian district. Recently, the hotel announced that it has completed Room and Continental Club upgrade. In order to meet guests’ comfort and create the best business environment, hotel presents concept as “green sleep” to create high-quality room experience for guests. Now, it has been officially approached to market which is extremely convenient for travellers.
For the project, hotel remained the main structure unchanged, all-wave upgraded the carpet, wallpaper, wood veneer, furniture, television, power supply, air condition, door lock system and bathroom, etc. In order to reduce odours caused by decoration and wood production, more promoted the concept of environmental protection. All the materials selected from high protection level as E0. Used for environmental sticker to present a nice visual impression. Not only control the odours of decoration, but also no need to dismantle the wall. Therefore, the impact on in-house guest experience was reduced to the minimum. Besides, Door lock system was upgraded to keep more safe and convenient, but also more meet the international standard. In the meanwhile, the combination of Bluetooth speaker and alarm clock can strongly recognize respond to guests’ needs of technology and electronic products.
Marco Polo Shenzhen is the first international five-star hotel which 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.
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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.
The Dragon’s Back (Traditional Chinese: 龍脊) is a ridge in southeastern Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, between Wan Cham Shan and Shek O Peak. It lies within the Shek O Country Park. In 2004 the Dragon’s Back Trail was selected by TIME Asia as the best urban hiking trail. Dragons back is possibly the most well-known and well-travelled hike in HK. This is due to its easy terrain, convenient start and end point, it’s proximity to the beaches and of course it’s breath-taking views. I, along with 20+ others had the pleasure of hiking this trail in tandem with Discovery.
After meeting at Fan Ling, coffee in hand, we were on our way and soon arrived at the start point. I was instantly surprised by how busy this was compared to other trails I’ve been to in HK. But it was a sunny Sunday and the temperature was perfect, so I guess local people just thought why not?!The trail starts (and ends) very easily. It’s not difficult terrain and it’s quite casual to hike, even a beginner could do this I feel. After around 30 mins it was time for lunch. Vincent advised us to eat first and check out the views second. However, a few of us climbed the rocks to get some good photos and soak in the vista below. Much to our horror the lunch was almost gone. Lesson learned, next time have lunch first! It’s a funny story to tell at least and it didn’t really affect the day in anyway. After lunch came the bulk of the walk. Some stairs, some trail. All well-defined and easy to navigate, we soon began making great progress. The only problem was how slow some people are in front of us. Traffic jam on the mountain! Along the route there are numerous majestic photo opportunities and views of the vista below you. Beaches, oceans and even villas. The views are seared into my brain for all eternity. The top side of dragons back continue to give good views and good breeze from 360 degrees. However, as you descend the views disappear. With trees on both side of the trail, you cannot really see much and the 2nd half of the hike was a bit disappointing. The highlight being a refreshing stream to wash our faces and drink. Clean and healthy!After defeating the dragon, you end at Big Wave Bay. Still recovering from the devastation of the typhoon, this a popular haven for water sport fanatics with surfers and wind surfers out in force.
The beach was clean and spacious, the other beach goers not giving us a second look and just going about their business. My opinion is that Big Wave Bay is a bit boring if you don’t go in the water. I’ve never been a beach lover and I didn’t bring a swim suit, so I quickly got bored. With little to see here I was happy to move onto Shek O village Shek O is a sleepy seaside village that was quaint and charming. With pastel colour buildings such as pink and orange this gives it a unique style seldom found in mainland China. Also the set of a famous Romantic Movie (don’t ask me which one or if it’s good) this bring tourists here from all corners of HK. Shek O was a great way to end the trip. It has a superior beach than Big Wave Bay and we witnessed an awesome sunset and the sky was on fire almost. I also found myself a HK style milk tea which is a must for me every time I visit HK.Then it was back on the bus, on route we witnessed the Xmas lights on the buildings. Central HK was lit up like a mega Christmas tree. Nice way to end.
This was another well organised trip from Discovery. You get to see the great sights of HK nature without the headache of using metro and public busses. Vincent is a great guy and always ready with a smile on his face. Dragons Back is a must hike in HK, it’s considered the best ‘urban trail’ in the city. My advice would be to do the hike then head to Shek O beach, skip out Big Wave Bay completely, unless you are a big water sports fan.
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Planning your company’s annual meeting is a task that requires plenty of planning and consideration. There are many factors to consider when making a decision and your reputation within the company may be judged on the success or failure of the organization of the meeting.
When organizing a successful annual meeting, you must consider the travel arrangements. How far is the venue from the major transport hubs? How convenient are the transport options? Also, how big a venue do you need? Does it have the facilities and equipment needed for the meeting?
You also need to consider dining accommodation. Does the venue have restaurants and bars that those attending to will enjoy? Does it have high-quality accommodation and enough rooms for everyone?
In Shenzhen, there is one hotel that offers a solution to all these questions. Allow Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an to help you to plan the perfect annual meeting.
State-of-the-art meeting facilities to fulfill your every need
Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an boasts state-of-the-art meeting facilities so no matter what your requirements are for your annual meeting, the hotel can make sure you do not have to compromise.
The Grand Ballroom is the centerpiece of the hotel’s meeting facilities. Covering 432 square meters, the large space can seat up to 400 people. The Grand Ballroom is equipped with the latest in audio and video equipment, allowing you to hold a technologically savvy annual meeting.
If you require additional or smaller meeting spaces, Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an also has one boardroom and four meeting rooms. The stylish and private spaces vary in size from 45 to 95 square meters.
Fast and convenient transport links
Often, when it comes to planning an annual meeting, the proximity of the venue to transport hubs plays a big part in attendees overall experience. It is in this regard that Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an distinguishes itself from other hotels in Shenzhen.
Not only is Courtyard by Marriott Bao’an closer than most hotels to transport hubs, but the transport routes are also considerably less congested. From the airport and train station, the route to Courtyard by Marriott Bao’an leads away from the CBD, meaning there is less traffic and the travel time is shorter.
Furthermore, you can speak to the hotel concierge about arranging a shuttle bus to pick up and drop off your attendees from the airport or train station. Let the staff at Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an take the stress out of arranging transport, meaning you have one less responsibility to worry about.
Top class dining and amenities
It’s not just with the meeting facilities that Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an excels; the dining options will impress your guests too. Those attending the annual meeting can enjoy a quality meal and relax with drinks without having to leave the comfort of the hotel.
Dine in the stylish setting of The Pavilion, which offers both local and international dishes, including an authentic dim sum lunch and luxurious seafood dinner buffet.
After enjoying a lovely meal, why not head to The Lounge. During the day, you can order coffee and pastries or relax over afternoon tea. In the evening, you can chat about the day’s meetings over cocktails.
Competitive pricing without compromising on quality
At Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an, guests can enjoy the same high standard of amenities and service that is found at the very best hotels in Shenzhen’s CBD area.
While there are no compromises on quality, Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an is significantly more competitive on pricing; be it for booking a meeting venue, hotel room, or even a table at The Pavilion.
State-of-the-art meeting facilities to fulfill your every need Attentive service and high quality customer care
The staff at Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an pride themselves on their professional meeting planning. They are there to offer you an annual meeting plan that is customized to your exact requirements to make sure you can host the event exactly the way you had envisioned. At Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an, the staff understand the importance of getting the smallest details correct and making sure everything is done correctly and properly.
Book your annual meeting today with Courtyard by Marriott Bao’an
Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an offers state-of-the-art meeting facilities with first-class dining and amenities. In terms of pricing and transportation links, Courtyard Shenzhen Bao’an provides the perfect solution for those looking to arrange their next annual meeting in Shenzhen.
Annual Dinner – Spring Festival Promotion
Pricing: CNY 3,288 net/4,288 net/5,288 net per table.
– Spend RMB20,000, get 1 complimentary room coupon.
– Spend RMB40,000, get 2 complimentary room coupons and 1 bottle of house wine.
– Spend RMB60,000, get 3 complimentary room coupons, 2 bottles of house wine, and free use of LED projector.
– Book 24 tables, get 2 tables free, or book 26 tables, get 15 buffet coupon at The Pavilion.
– Earn double points.
*Minimum booking of 3 tables.
Event period: 1st Dec 2018 – 31st Mar 2019
Booking period: Before 31st Dec 2018
Joining hands with the renowned cartoon icon Ali the fox, JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an celebrates this year’s Christmas with this adorable friend to kick off the festive season. On Nov. 30, the guests witnessed the hotel’s spectacular Christmas tree lighting ceremony where the Christmas spirit just illuminated high up in the air. Guests now can enjoy the 5-metre high Ali the fox decoration and 9-metre high Christmas tree at the lobby of the hotel.
A special journey with Ali the Fox is also warmly crafted at JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an, where children can closely get touch with Ali and step into a fantastic fairy tale world. The family indulgence package offers Ali the fox theme room setting and breakfasts for two adults and 1 kid under 6 years old. They can additionally get two tickets to the FUNMAX-EXPO in the Uniwalk Shopping Mall and discover the wonderland of this tiny friend.
From October, the hotel specially offered Ali the fox themed afternoon tea and now the inspiring Christmas Dream Castle afternoon tea with Ali the fox is presented to all the holiday lovers. The seasonal nuts theme afternoon tea include Pine Nuts Tart, Hazelnut Cake, Pine Nuts Scone and a selection of Christmas desserts like Ginger Bread and Pudding. Sitting at the Lounge and enjoying the tasteful gourmet, guests will be fully indulged in the holiday warmth.
More Christmas spirit can be discovered at The Shenzhen Kitchen. A great place for families and friends to celebrate the holiday, guests can enjoy a festive feast at contemporary all-day dining restaurant and savor an array of fresh and delicious international cuisine from western to Asia. In addition, the grand prize complimentary stays at Marriott hotels and resorts will inspire as winners find new ideas for their holiday trip. Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet starts from RMB688* per person, Christmas Day Dinner Buffet is RMB588* per person.
Ali the Fox treatment with the hotel will continue to offer till March 15, 2019. From today to Dec. 31 2018, guests can enjoy Dream Castle Afternoon Tea with Ali the Fox at The Lounge at RMB388* per set for two persons, including 2 glasses of sparkling wine, western tea or coffee. Family indulgence package is also available from RMB1,300* or suites from RMB1,600*.
*Plus 15% service charge.
JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an is conveniently located in the heart of Shenzhen Bao’an District, just 15-minute drive from Shenzhen International Airport and Shenzhen Bay Port. It occupies a stunning modern landmark building and enjoys panoramic views of Qianhai Bay and the Pearl River Delta. Hotel dining options include the lobby Lounge and the cornucopia of gourmet dishes in a timeless yet contemporary all-day dining restaurant with outdoor terrace. The hotel offers a luxurious spa, a state-of-the-art Fitness Center, Indoor heated and Outdoor Swimming Pools. Eight multi-function venues offer 2,600sqm of cutting-edge meeting and banquet space. The impressive 1,700sqm Grand Ballroom with advanced equipment featuring light-changing LED ceiling is unique venue for various kinds of social and business events.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Bruno Bohl as General Manager of the Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel. Mr. Bohl is a native Swiss, he has been pursuing professionalism in the hotel industry for more than 25 years across different countries such as China, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, the U.S. and various countries in Europe with strong operations background. He has held several management positions of renowned leading brands in the hospitality industry such as JW Marriott, Grand Hyatt, Wyndham Grand and Wanda.
In 2012, Mr. Bohl accepted his first assignment in China at the Wyndham Grand Hangzhou. During this time he displayed excellent leadership skills and was instrumental in assisting to establish the hotel as one of the leading hotels in the market. A new assignment with Wanda Hotels & Resorts followed, where he was promoted as General Manager at the Wanda Vista Quanzhou, Fujian in 2014. Prior to re-joining Marriott International, Mr. Bohl spent the last 6 years in China and he held further General Manager positions at Wanda Vista Lanzhou and Dongguan. During this tenure, he led the team to achieve outstanding performance and has been for two years consecutively recognized with “The best General Manager Award” by the Wanda Group.
He has completed MBA online studies with multiple world renowned hospitality management schools in order to be up to date with latest trends in the rapidly evolving industry. Being a veteran in the hotel industry, Mr. Bohl will be focusing on providing exceptional service deliveries to our valued guest, through continued innovation and new product development.
John Graham is well-known throughout not only Shenzhen but China for running White Collar Fight Night; an innovative new sporting and social event that allows CEOs, business executives, and other white-collar professionals to show off their boxing prowess while at the same time putting on a wildly entertaining show and raising money for local charities. Participants are given three months to train so that they can put their best foot forward on the night. For more info, check out the official White Collar Fight Night website.
John spoke with Shenzhen Party to give his opinion on the top fighters in Shenzhen. Each earned their place on this list for different reasons and impressed John in different ways.
Sander Kole from Invincible
First, I would put Sander Kole. Sander is a vlogger who came to me earlier this year with an interest in fighting in a WCFN event. I remember meeting him in 901 gym in Shekou for a boxing/sparring session. He was very stiff and uncoordinated. When it came time for sparring, he was running away and throwing wild punches.
I told him his best chance of getting in the ring was to join the Invincible team and get proper pro coach training. I saw his moments and videos of his training and could see he was getting serious and putting his heart into it.
I put him on the card for the July 7th WCFN event in SZ. I hadn’t seen him in the ring since that 901 session long back and his performance was the best out of anyone in the card. He was extremely confident with carefully timed punches and footwork.
Aleksandr from Boxing Manufacture
Next fighter on the list is Aleksandr. He is based out of Boxing Manufacture gym, where he is a trainer. It is one of Shenzhen’s boxing only gyms.
He is an upcoming pro trainer under Chen, a Chinese ex-pro who runs Boxing Manufacture gym. Aleksandr was a European champion and also a national champion in Ukraine. On August 4th this year, he won the WBC International Professional Competition in Yunnan.
On September 15th, he joined the WBC6 pro boxing championship in Zhengzhou and is scheduled for seven more fights in the coming eight months.
Chen Zi Jun from Shen Li Ren He
Next on my list is Chen Zi Jun, a Chinese kickboxing pro. When making this list, I spoke with a good friend of mine, Vaugne Anderson, who been in the fight business in China for many years and is the Marketing Director of Fight Bro gear. He introduced me to Chen Zi Jun.
While ranked as a kickboxer, Anderson said watching how Chen Zi Jun moves he would do exceptionally well in MMA as well. He fights out of Shen Li Ren He fight club and has had 8 fights with 5 wins and 3 losses.
Shark – Invincible
Next up we go back to the amateur community with Shark. Shark is a pilot and won his first amateur boxing fight in the WCFN ring in December 2017. After his fight, he was directly challenged by Oli Overhead who won his fight the same night. Whoever won would be 2-0 in the WCFN ring. In WCFN, if you win 3 fights in a row then we award you with the Golden WCFN belt.
At the July 7th WCFN Shenzhen event, Shark came in and put on a great show winning against Oli. What impressed me with Shark was his calm attitude and relatively relaxed nature, as well as being able to produce very hard power.
He’s very focused and takes his training seriously even though he’s not pro. It’s very motivating for other working professionals who want to take up a challenge.
Michelle Yu from Invincible
The last one for my list is Michelle Yu. Michelle, a happily married mother of two and fitness fanatic, she had her first amateur fight experience in December of 2017 at the WCFN008 event in the Sheraton ballroom. In attendance to watch her debut were over 80 fans, friends, and family.
Her opponent was Lillian, a fitness coach trainer and also a well-trained fighter. Michelle came out very strong and immediately showed stronger confidence by aggressively pushing forward with simple combos that connected well.
I believe due to her spirit and determination right from the beginning she was able to dominate the first round, which sealed the outcome of the fight. She has since become a great inspiration for aspiring female fighters to take up the challenge and get in the ring and push yourself to greatness.
I will end this article with those highlighted fighters for now, but I’m sure there are many more inspiring and talented male and female fighters in Shenzhen. After hearing feedback, I’ll write a second part to focus on those fighters not mentioned here.
I would like to encourage any and all to keep training, boxing, grappling, kickboxing, or even to try an MMA class. It’s great, empowering fitness that gives you confidence and gets you ready for any challenge that life can throw at you.
On 1st Dec, 2018, InterContinental Shenzhen invited the certified Santa Claus from America to celebrate with over 100 guests and media friends, lighting up the warm Christmas light and inaugurate a series of joyful celebrations for the Christmas season.
The lobby was fully adorned with red and green decorations, shining stars, Christmas trees and four lovely Nutcracker dolls. This annual ceremony started off with an unforgettable singing performance by the children choir from Nanshan International School and the elegant dance of the Crystal Ballet. Intercontinental Shenzhen showcased the very best of delicacies to its guests while Santa Claus was sending best wishes to all the attendees. Everybody had a wonderful time tasting the varieties of dishes and sipping good wine while taking part in interesting activities specially planned for the evening.
“For the last 48 weeks people have been busy thinking about business, economy, strategies, sales targets and work, but also about kids in school, good and bad relationships, difficulties in life and how to overcome and solve challenges, wars, disasters and political uncertainty… in short… often year-round routine, stress and tension. It’s Christmas again and it’s time to loosen up a bit, I wish you and your families a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” said Mr. Arbenz, Director of Operations IHG® Hong Kong, Macau, Zhuhai & Huizhou and General Manager of Intercontinental Shenzhen, and he shared his own childhood Christmas story with everyone.
The Hotel also took the opportunity to launch the “Christmas season”. On December 24th and 25th, seven restaurants are going to offer luxurious Christmas food coming from France to Southeast Asia, from Brazil to Spain. Also, precious gifts will be prepared.
Santa Claus will travel around “the world” to celebrate Christmas with everyone. So, make a wish under the Christmas tree, drink with friends and relatives, and enjoy the relaxing and warm atmosphere.
An exhibition focusing on Guangdong’s development over the past 40 years since the reform and opening up is opened to the public at the Shenzhen Contemporary Art Hall in Futian District. Thousands of objects related to the reform and opening up, including photos, historical documents, as well as audio and visual items are on display at the exhibition. Visitors can see iconic items such as China’s first gravure printing machine from the 1990s and hair dryer accessories produced by the first manufacturing enterprise in Shenzhen after 1978. The business hours are between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. six days a week except Monday.
A painting of Gaodi Street in Guangzhou. Gaodi Street was designated the country’s first private garment wholesale market in October 1980.
Statues of people riding bicycles have been installed by a plaque that reads, “Time is Money. Efficiency is Life.”
InterContinental Shenzhen held its annual Thank You Party at the Galleon Salon Fiesta on the evening of November 24th. More than 120 corporate clients, media partners and the hotel management gathered together for a special “Captain’s adventures” theme night. All guests enjoyed a sumptuous feast that launched the annual party package of 7 restaurants and banquet venues.
The event kicked off with a piano solo of Pirates of the Caribbean inspired by the Columbus navigation era. This was followed by a speech from the Director of Operation South China IHG and General Manager of InterContinental Shenzhen Daniel Arbenz who thanked all the invitees for their presence: “Tonight is a token for us to show our appreciation to you towards your continued support throughout all these years. We look forward to continuing the conversation in the upcoming years.”
Following the “Captain” of InterContinental Shenzhen, guests embarked in a journey from Spain to Scotland and passing by Paris, and finally back to the “City of innovation” Shenzhen. This appreciation party was filled with wonderful entertainment, global tea break and lots of lucky draws.
Global Tea Break
Solo of Pirates of the Caribbean
Hip Hop Show
InterContinental Shenzhen, as a unique Spanish inspired chic urban resort hotel offers some of the most dramatic event venues in Shenzhen. Galleon offers a range of venues for meetings, conferences and social events that adapt perfectly to your goals. Unique meeting experience, solicitous and warmhearted service, assisting you to organize the activity effortlessly and comfortably to experience and adventure the charm of hotel theme and Shenzhen City. At end of this year, when your annual party needs top-quality at attractive places, Galleon and our 7 restaurants will make your events dreams become a reality.
Mercado buffet restaurant
InterContinental Shenzhen is committed to create more memorable exclusive memories for guests to live the InterContinental life.
Experience a fusion of cultures at this chic urban resort hotel in Shenzhen, offering comprehensive convenience to business, meeting & convention and leisure travelers in the center of Shenzhen’s Overseas Chinese Town and easy access to airport, Hong Kong & Macao ferry terminal, Hi-tech and financial center. A blend of modern design and Spanish inspired elegance echoes international comfort, traditions and dramatic history combined with warm and memorable services. The hotel’s large and diverse banquet & meeting facilities combined with an extensive choice of restaurants & bars make every event a unique and fascinating experience.
The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan held the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, which marks the long-awaited beginning of the wonderful Christmas season of 2018. On the day of the event, more than 30 guests from all sections of the community gathered in the lobby, filled with joy and warmth of the festival times together.
The well-known BODYJAM instructor Miss Lilica from lululemon Shenzhen presented a wonderful performance. Miss Lilica demonstrated the BODYJAM along with radiance and vitality, which brought a delirious crowd to for all guests to make sure that they can move well. A Hotel choir performed a variety of Christmas songs and won the audiences’ consistent high praise and applause.
Christmas is the most magical time of year and once again at The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan it promises to be anything but just another occasion. The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan’s sophisticated dining and entertainment destinations continue to take Shenzhen dining to new heights and attract a high-flying social scene. Seasonal Tastes the magic of the season, the bustling The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan warmly welcomes you with comfort and ever-lasting excellence of service. Prepare to be enchanted once again and let your expectations culminate on a high note with glitz and glamour…
Christmas Dinner Buffet
22th to 25th December, 6:00pm to 22:00pm
With an elegant festival atmosphere and personalized service, Seasonal Tastes invites you to explore the best local and international dishes including an extravagant seafood station consisting of Alaska King Crab, Boston Lobster, Gillardeau Oyster; seasonal appetizers with signature pressed duck terrine with foie gras; choices of salad, soup, bread, entrées, as well as Roasted Christmas Turkey with traditional stuffing and assorted desserts from China, Asia, France, Italy and America. Lucky draw includes such prizes as an iPad, deluxe room vouchers and much more.
Date: 22th-24th Nov,2018
RMB 888 Net/ per person
RMB 488 Net / per child
Monday, 24th-December/ Tuesday, 25th December
Enjoy Christmas Eve Dinner at award-winning Grange Grill. Our Master Chef brings our guests an innovative menu infused with the traditional festival flavors of French and a unique taste influenced by advanced cooking techniques, healthy ingredients and unique spices.
The rich six- course meal with freshest top and assorted ingredients will ensure guests a special feast. The Christmas enjoyment of vision and gustation comes in the form of Siberian sturgeon caviar, Luxury seafood tower Served with assorted seafood, sous-vide Atlantic cod fish, Charcoal-grilled Australia full-blood Mayura m9 striploin and more.
Date: 24th-25th Nov, 2018
Price: RMB 1688++/ person
*Above price is subject a 10% service charge and 6% VAT on the total.
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This exceptional festival, under the sign of conviviality, has mingled pleasantly wine tasting, dinner-spectacle, fashion show, beautiful live music and of course, the discovery of Beaujolais Nouveau 2018. Assembled around the tables, many enterprises, international firms and SMEs joined in these 2 events in South China which remained a great opportunity for both Chinese and French communities to represent their industry and exchange efficiently.
Very thankful to our support partners as Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, Georges Duboeuf, Shangri-La Hotel Shenzhen, Peugeot Saveurs, Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs, Wine Magazine, Alliance Francaise Canton, EDF, Gac-Sofinco Auto Finance, iBorn Women’s & Children’s Hospital, Live Group, ISD Group, Olmix Group, Weber Saint Gobain, Slow Life, BOLLORE Logistic, Creative Capital, ESMOD Guangzhou, CYTS, Forsee Power, Kraemer, Parishine-Boway, People&Kids, Residence G, 21 cake, Singlelife DS, SKEMA, Accor hotels, COCINA, Confee, ECHO, FB Solution, Fuel, HarMoniCare, JunZeJun Law Offices, La Medina, Le MERIDIEN, Creperie chez Maggy, New Row, Perma, Peugeot Open Europe, PLS Group, le Sainte MAXIME, Vista, Wilber’s Restaurant, as well as our media partners and volunteers.
And great thanks to all the participants. This Beaujolais Nouveau 2018 was really successful in Guangzhou and in Shenzhen.
Hilton Shenzhen Futian held Christmas TreeLighting Ceremony on 28 November, 2018. The wonderful Christmas season is beginning. Hotel lobby and Mr. Wong are decorated with traditional Christmas elements and some fashion trend, gingerbread house and the open fashion show, just like the Christmas fashion brand launch. Hotel clients, media and in house guests are getting together to witness Christmas tree lighting, with orchestral from Green Oasis School. Hotel chef also prepared exquisite snacks, mulled wine and 2.5 meter-Christmas tree cake with different tastes and totally 521 pieces which means I LOVE U in Chinese homophonic. Moreover, Hilton Shenzhen Futian works with Manco and MY TENO including its special brands KODICE and LA DANUM, showing the beauty of women’s confidence, fashion and nobleness through the attention of different ages, which also highlights the core value of ‘people-oriented’ and opens up a new experience at the top of fashion. The first 100 booking would enjoy an extra benefit with one ticket of Langlang master music class on 18 December at Grand Ballroom for Christmas Eve Dinner before 24 December, 2018. 35000 Hilton Honor points could also exchange to the music class, which also include welcome champagne and amenities; Cocktail drinks at Mr.Wong bar; Themed afternoon tea at the lobby lounge; Two night stay in Executive Premier Room for two people at Hilton Shenzhen Futian, including breakfast in the executive lounge; Limousine service to/from Shenzhen Bao’An Airport via http://www.hilton.com.cn/auction/detail.html?name=0&value=%E7%8B%AC%E5%AE%B6%E9%83%8E%E6%9C%97%E5%A4%A7%E5%B8%88%E7%8F%AD&from=timeline&isappinstalled=0
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Mercury drops. Our pace turns cheerful and light. These are signs that another heart-warming Christmas is just around the corner. This year, Father Christmas once again will travel in his sleigh to locations with or without snow to turn children’s dreams into reality. Between 1 December and 27 December, Palm Court at The Langham, Shenzhen invites you to join the hotel to create Christmas surprises for 24 children with congenital heart diseases. While enjoying exquisite Christmas desserts, scented coffee and teas, and special Christmas drinks, you can also play a role in making the dreams of a child come true.
Melodic music, aromatic mulled wine, fresh green Christmas trees, and tender shadows cast by the warm afternoon sun are well-known features of Shenzhen’s afternoon tea spot, Palm Court. During Christmas, the hotel’s Executive Pastry Chef Francesco Mannino is ready to turn this location all the more special, making by hand a dazzling array of adorable and much-loved Christmas desserts in either classical, green and red variations. Such desserts include blackcurrant chestnut tartlet with “Rudolph antlers”, a lovely “Christmas tree” loaded with sweet tropical fruits on the top of a black forest cake, and a white chocolate “snowflake” fallen with sweet wishes, all of which carry special meanings for Christmas. In addition, Palm Court will provide special Christmas mulled wine and eggnog, as well as an array of carefully-selected Wedgwood teas, filling this Christmas with sweet happiness.
In addition to savouring delicacies, Christmas is also a time to give warmth and love. Since its opening, The Langham, Shenzhen has been striving to provide attentive care in order to help underprivileged children grow up healthily. This season, the hotel will join hands with Shenzhen Handpicked Love Foundation again since last year in helping children with congenital heart diseases get their wishes. The 24 children come from disadvantaged areas in Hainan, Hunan, Guangxi and Guangdong provinces and they were given a chance to provide their desired present for this Christmas. With innocent hearts come simple wishes. It turned out that ordinary, useful gifts such as a new schoolbag, a new down coat, or just a doll or toy, are already enough to make these Christmas wishes come true. To grant them their wishes, you simply need to inform our staff of your participation and the hotel will share half of the cost with you. This seemingly small act can make a big difference in a child’s life.
Christmas is a very magical time of year that brings people both happiness and contentment. Let’s give and contribute. Join us in delivering kindness and promoting charity this holiday season.
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The second season of the Wyndham Grand Kids Activity was a howling success. With a theme of puppy dogs plus scrumptious food, games and competitions, the children who attended had a ‘pawesome’ time!
There was even a real live puppy to greet the children as they arrived!
Puppy balloons surrounded the outdoor garden of the lobby lounge and decorated the tables. To top it off, a stage was set up at the front with a huge ‘Discover the Cutie Doggy moment’ display.
Exciting objects and gifts could be found on every table, including pots of modelling clay in a range of bright colours for the children to play with. Wyndham Grand mugs were carefully wrapped as an additional gift for the adults at the event, although some of the children were so excited they unwrapped those as well!
One of the competitions was for the best clay model made during the afternoon, which almost all of the children (and some of the parents!) took part in.
The models showed off some very creative skills and great imagination. Puppies, chicks, ladybirds and snails were just a few of the creations displayed for the competition – it was very difficult for the judges to decide the winners!
The prizes were giant soft toy dogs, ready and waiting for a new home. They found their new homes with a green dinosaur, a multi-coloured hedgehog and a lime with a tiny hedgehog and carrot on top.
Even the food was puppy themed. Doggy-licious desserts – some in the shape of the most popular dog breed in China, the Shar Pei – made a mouth-watering display.
Mini plant pots filled with sponge cake, crunchy flakes, fruit and chocolate, complete with a tiny spade; heart shaped chocolate truffles; all kinds of macaroons; puppy-shaped biscuits; mini waffle cones filled with fruit cream; chocolate, fruit and nut balls covered in purple chocolate; and frozen lime and pineapple-shaped desserts were a selection of the delights on offer.
The dessert display was completed by a pink chocolate fountain with marshmallows, jelly sweets and fruit skewers all ready to dip.
As for the main courses, every appetite was catered for. From finger sandwiches and BBQ chicken wings to kung bao chicken and sushi, an eclectic mix of Chinese and Western cuisines was on offer.
No kids’ activity would be complete without a ball pool, and the Wyndham Grand was no exception. Kids of all ages had a pawsitively fantastic time playing with the inflatables, balls and balloons.
The final competition was a ‘fetching’ game where the children had to find and retrieve small blue boxes. Each box contained a piece of paper with a number which could result in a prize – from small red puppies to giant 2m long soft, fluffy dogs all ready and waiting to be taken to their new home.
As usual the Wyndham Grand staff were ever present, helpful and involved with the event and the children.
Look out for the Third Season of the Wyndham Grand’s Kids Activity, coming early next year. An event definitely not to be missed!