Heroes such as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger
Games, Legolas in Lord of the Rings, and the legendary Robin Hood have helped
to inspire a renewed interest in the ancient sport of archery. On the screen,
these heroes do amazing things with their bow and arrow, but it is behind the
scenes where the actors put in the hard work. They committed themselves to
highly focused training with professional archers to rapidly develop their
technique and endurance in preparation for their roles. They show that with the
right attitude and the right training, it is possible to master the art of
Here in Shenzhen, BEST Archery Academy in
Nanshan helps to train youths and adults alike to become archers in a safe and
fun environment. BEST boasts highly successful training methods, certified
coaches, and uniquely designed facilities. Students’ skills are developed using
Biomechanically Efficient Shooting Techniques (BEST). With a focus on
technique, endurance, and mental management, BEST coaches guide students
individually to reach their optimal performance. The coaches are bilingual and
fully certified by the USA Archery (USAA), including the highest level
USAA coach in China.
BEST facilities are custom designed with
safety in mind and to help students achieve the best possible performance. They
include three main ranges, each with 15
lanes varyingfrom 5m to 25m. In addition to a fully stocked pro-shop, BEST
offers a comfortable lounge area to relax.
Whether you or your child are inspired by
The Hunger Games or simply want to try something new, visit BEST Archery in
Shekou to learn more about this amazing sport.
Address: BEST Archery Academy, 23 Block A, 4th Floor, ShengFa
Building, Yan Shan Road, Shekou, Shenzhen
With its stylish dining space decorated with luxurious traditional elements and a wide selection of carefully prepared authentic Cantonese dishes, T’ang Court at The Langham, Shenzhen offers the same exquisite experience and attention to detail as its Michelin-starred restaurants in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Recently, another “star” has descended upon T’ang Court at The Langham,
Shenzhen as Lai Man Kong, the Chinese Executive Chef at The Langham, Shenzhen,
makes a guest appearance at the restaurant. Chef Lai will bring a refreshing
take on classic Cantonese cuisine with an all-new menu featuring dishes made with
the freshest ingredients.
Born in Hong Kong, Chef Lai entered the culinary world when he was just
16 years old. Over the next 30 years, he developed an expertise in Cantonese
cuisine with his masterful cooking skills and exceptional kitchen management.
Chef Lai previously served as Executive Vice Chef at Hong Kong’s Lei Garden Restaurant, which is widely regarded as a
“Culinary Boot Camp”. Later on, he led Ying at Altira Macau in achieving one
Michelin star. After joining The Peninsula Shanghai in 2018, he
helped the hotel’s Yi Long Court to get a two Michelin star rating.
Chef Lai has a unique insight into Cantonese cuisine, which emphasises
that the “wok hei (literally “breath of the wok”) must be strong and the fresh
ingredients must be arranged in a simple and appealing manner”. On the dining
table, the “warmth” and “aroma” of dishes cooked over a strong fire represent
the soul of Cantonese cuisine and deliver original flavours. The beautiful food
arrangement allows diners to fully experience the skills of the chef and adds
another dimension to the dining experience.
Chef Lai will be presenting an all-new Cantonese cuisine and dim sum
menu that stays true to tradition, while also introducing some refreshing
changes. For example, instead of steaming a whole giant grouper, fish balls are
used to add a twist in presentation. The fish balls are laid on top of seasonal
vegetables for added freshness. Diners will get a chance to taste Prawn with
Asparagus, a dish that requires delicate knifework that few in this world can
execute. Fresh prawns are put through finely cut asparagus sticks before being
Chef Lai also likes to blend different ingredients that he has
discovered in his travels to create dishes with unforgettable depth. For
instance, in Rice with Abalone Wrapped in Lotus Leaf, Thai rice, chicken, crab
meat, dried scallops and diced bamboo shoots are fried before being wrapped in
a lotus leaf and steamed. The dish is served with a special sauce and a
generous full abalone.
The new menu also includes reinvented Cantonese dim sums such as shrimp
dumpling in the shape of goldfish and shumai with a green skin made with fresh
For decades, Chef Lai has indulged food lovers with Cantonese cuisine
creations that innovate on classic recipes without compromising their
Offering an artful blend of traditional cuisine and contemporary design, T’ang Court serves authentic Cantonese cuisine in a modern setting. Guests looking for an intimate dining experience can choose one of T’ang Court’s six private dining rooms. Elegant and exclusive, these discreet havens are the ideal venues for business dinners, a romantic rendezvous or family gatherings.
In recent years bilateral relations between Italy and China have intensified and it is estimated that this year Chinese tourists in Italy will reach 6 million, among the top ten positions in the Italian tourist market.
It is with great pleasure and pride that I have the honour of announcing GOS has gained the much coveted Accreditation from the Council of International Schools. CIS is the world premier accreditation authority for schools internationally and we have met all the criteria and standards required for accreditation. Well done and congratulations to all our community. CIS states that:
“The award of CIS accreditation shows that Green Oasis has achieved high standards of professional performance in international education and has a commitment to continuous improvement. In particular, the award of accreditation shows that the school:
Has thought deeply about the services it offers to students, family and community.
Invests the time and resources for validation from a globally-recognized accreditation authority
Focuses on the quality of teaching, student learning, as well as student safeguarding and well-being
Is committed to the development of the students’ global citizenship
Has a suitable philosophy of education suitable for its students
Promises only what it can deliver
Is open to regular evaluation by its own school community and peer evaluators
Constantly seeks improvement in all areas of the school plans strategically for the future.
The quality and rigour of CIS International Accreditation is recognized by ministries and departments of education around the world. The CIS International Accreditation process has been validated and is recognized by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Commission on Accreditation, a body which “accredits the accreditors” in the United States.”
This could not have been achieved with the support and efforts of our whole community. I would like to thank the Board of GOS, the staff, parents and students for their support, efforts and participation in the process. It has taken 3 years since we applied for membership to gaining the award. All the hard work and the many hours of writing which was put in by all was worth it. Again thank you to everyone involved.
We are now one of only a few schools in Shenzhen to have gained this Accreditation, it is something to be very proud of. This does not mean we rest on our efforts, it means we will continue to strive and continue to live our Vision.
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We are the Shekou kennel of the Hash House Harriers (SH3), a worldwide “drinking club with a running problem”. SH3 was founded in 1984, and we will celebrate our 35th anniversary this year.
We meet every Saturday at 12:45 at the Snake Pit in Seaworld and our bus departs at 13:30 for a trail run or walk in the mountains near Shenzhen. Our runs are 7 to 11 km long and occasionally include up to 700 m of combined ascent. The walks are shorter than the trail runs, usually ending up around half the length.
The trail is marked with flour or chalk and there are also ‘false’ trails set. One will have to find the right trail, or you can stick with the pack and hope they have found it. The trail run is based on the paper chase game Hare &Hounds, which is followed by almost all hash kennels around the world.
average, we have 35 Hashers every Saturday, and sometimes we have as many as
80. We tend to come back to Shekou between 18:30 and 20:00 depending on traffic.
To pay for buses, water, soda, and most importantly, beer, we charge RMB80 for
guys, RMB60 for women, and RMB30 for kids.
We are not exactly a family hash, but we are family friendly. Just note that there is some adult language, as is common in all hash kennels. Hashers can bring their dogs along if they want, but we can’t guarantee that dogs are allowed on all parts of the trail since we sometimes run through parks. When we get back to Shekou, we arrange for dinner somewhere nearby. Please note that the cost for dinner is not included in the original fee.
If you would like to join in with a hash or are interested in finding out more information, follow their official WeChat Account (ID: ShekouH3)
Back in 2013 when we had the
idea of creating something to help the Italian community in Shenzhen, we had no
idea how big the project would get and how far it would go.
When we first started out we
were only three Italian women from the south of Italy. There was Giorgia, a
Sicilian entrepreneur working in architecture and design; Paola, a sinologist
and talented cake maker from the Campania region; and Pina, a sinologist and
Italian teacher also from Campania.
In the beginning, we launched the website www.vivishenzhen.com, where we collect useful information and provide services that make life in Shenzhen easier and more interesting for the Italian community. We wanted to go beyond just a website and interact with the community directly. So, we started an official WeChat account. There we were able to keep on adding more and more content relating to lifestyle, work, visas, family life, culture, arts, history, and anything else that touched the Italian community in the city.
Vivi Shenzhen is a non-profit
organization and all those involved in the running of it are volunteers. As a
result, it’s brought together a group of people whose only interest is to lend
a helping hand to newcomers to Shenzhen who might face cultural and language
Over the years, the team has grown and two new columnists have been working at Vivi Shenzhen for the past year. Adriana, a psychologist from Sardinia, runs a psychology column. Arianna, a fashion designer and influencer from Tuscany, heads up a fashion section. The team is also joined by our English Editor, Todd; a journalist that assists with the English version of the website.
With the help of the team,
Vivi Shenzhen’s goal is to help all the foreigners in Shenzhen on a range of
topics; from expanding their business horizons as well as to simply help them
find the best place to enjoy an authentic Italian pizza in the city!
Vivi Shenzhen is a virtual
cultural hub that helps both the Italian community and the expat community at
large. Over the years, we have not only organized cultural and food & wine
events, but we have also cooperated with international health clinics to
arrange first aid and CPR courses to help families be prepared.
Vivi Shenzhen also manages a
large and active WeChat group where foreigners can ask questions about any
difficulty or topic they come across in their day-to-day life in Shenzhen.
Through the Vivi Shenzhen WeChat group, everyone can share and pool together
their experiences to help people find quick and informed answers. This way we
can all build a better and happier life here in Shenzhen.
Our goal and our hope is to involve more people in our project and make Vivi Shenzhen bigger and bigger. Shenzhen is our city now. We love it and we want to share that love not only with the Italian community but with anyone who wants to be part of what we are doing!
For more information about Vivi Shenzhen, check out the following links and contacts:
Nothing beats a bar with
a great house band playing your favorite songs; be it joining in with some air
guitar to Bon Jovi or Guns’n’Roses, singing your heart out to a Lady Gaga or
Beyonce cover, or strutting your moves on the dance floor as the band play
Prince or Michael Jackson.
It’s those kinds of memories that can make a night out truly unforgettable. So, where can you find such an experience in Shenzhen? We listed some of the top party music bars in the city.
Hard Rock Cafe Shenzhen
No list of top party music bars would be complete without a mention of the Hard Rock Cafe Shenzhen. The world-famous brand has become synonymous with rock’n’roll, live music, and an unforgettable party. Now with the opening of the Hard Rock Cafe Shenzhen, people in the city can enjoy a night of live music at the iconic restaurant bar.
At Hard Rock Cafe Shenzhen, enjoy an intimate get-together in one of the two private rooms or you can go big and take over the entire second floor for an unforgettable evening, where over 180 guests can be accommodated.
Surrounding the large live music stage, the venue is packed full of rock memorabilia including a velvet suit worn by the King of Rock Elvis Presley, an outfit worn by Michael Jackson, and a guitar signed by The Eagles. If those legends could see the live show that the bar puts on, you suspect they would approve too.
Playing every Tuesday to Sunday from 19:30 till late is the rocking house band from Southeast Asia. Expect a hit-filled playlist that reflects the memorabilia and history of the Hard Rock brand.
The Brew has been a hub for the
Shenzhen community in Futian since their inception. The owners really support
the community and they show that through the music and event catalogue that
they offer. The Brew is a place that you can walk in on a Friday or Saturday
night and not know anyone but by the end of the night you’ll have a room full
of new friends.
The Brew shows its passionate commitment to the Futian community by supporting efforts like Captivating International and other local charities helping out. They support people getting fit with the K2Fit challenge, and they have been hosting bands from all over Guangdong and the greater Asian community. The Brew has hosted bands from Japan, Hong Kong, America, Macau, Africa, Canada and afterward they have playlists that cater to all types of music including hip hop, pop, funk, dancehall and everything in between.
If you want to hear an awesome band
with members from all over America and Europe come to The Brew. If you want an
interactive music experience and feel a part of all the action then we’ll see
you at The Brew. If you want to dance your face off with old and new friends
dance at The Brew. If you want to get drunk, sing at the top of your lungs, and
scream songs out for the band to play, get drunk at The Brew. The Brew is your
home away from home in the Futian community and everybody that comes is a star
and we are glad to see you every time. Every Friday and Saturday come rub
shoulders with entrepreneurs, athletes, educators, socialites, makers and
doers, tourists, and locals alike and all people interested in having fun. Be a
part of something special anytime at The Brew.
Fuhua Rd, New Yijing Center Walk,
South Entrance, L1015-1016, Futian, Shenzhen (深圳市福田区福田街道福华路新怡景商业中心L层RL1015-1016号铺 )
(755) 2389 2669
Located in a prime location in Seaworld, The
Terrace has long been established as one of the go-to places for live music in
Shenzhen. The legendary bar has been operating for nearly 15 years and has
consistently won “Best Band” and “Best Live Music” awards ever since it opened.
Few live house bands boast the credentials of
those that perform at The Terrace. Calling themselves Terrace All Stars (TAS),
the lineup includes a vocalist
that has won multiple awards at the AWIT awards, another who was a finalist on
Pinoy Pop Superstar, and a drummer that has recorded with platinum-certified
artists like Gloc-9 and Jay-R.
The Terrace knows how to get people on their
feet and dancing. The focus here is not on rock or jazz like at other venues.
It’s all about party music. So, if you are looking for pulsating live music and
a night to remember, come to join the family at The Terrace.
Shekou is a great area for the sort of live music that gets a party started. As well as The Terrace, X-Ta-Sea was one of the top places to go for some live music to get the party started. Located in the Ming Hua cruise ship in the heart of Sea World, it’s surprised the boat hadn’t capsized into the water with the amount of bouncing nights of live music that had been had in there. Well, X-Ta-Sea just got even better recently as it has now been taken over and become part of the growing Xpats Restaurant Group.
The Pirate X Band, the newly formed house band at Xpats Bar & Grill, plays six nights per week from 19:00 to 02:00. All the band members are long term legends of the music industry in Shenzhen; Carlos, Wesmon, Jolo, Tata, and Loti. During that time, expect to be taken on a musical journey through classic rock, metal, reggae, hip-hop, and pop from the Sixties all the way through to today. The wide and open stage is the perfect setting for a raucous house band and its not uncommon to see guests up and dancing down the front.
The Xpats team are already making big
improvements across the entire bar, including the complete rebuild of the
kitchen, a new menu, an ultra-modern stage and dance floor lighting system, and
much more. Recently, Mutant Monster played at Xpats Bar & Grill Seaworld
and brought their unmistakable brand of Japanese punk rock to Shekou.
Address: Xpats Sea World, Hotel Entrance, Ground Floor, Inside the Minghua Ship, Sea World Square, Shekou, Shenzhen / 明华船， 楼，酒店 。 深圳市南 区蛇 上世界 场
The new convention and exhibition center is said to have a building area that equals six Beijing National Stadiums, widely known as the Bird’s Nest in Beijing, and enough metal roofing to cover 106 soccer pitches, according to the report.
Apart from its big size, its aluminum curtain walls, a special outer covering on its buildings, is another highlight of this magnificent construction. The aluminum curtain walls serve to keep off rains and maintain room temperatures, the report said.
Part of the exterior of the new Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center. SD-Agencies
Over 120,000 square meters of the six halls of the convention and exhibition center that are constructed by CSCEC Fujisash Curtain Wall and Decoration Co. Ltd. have been equipped with such walls.
The thickness of each wall is 5 millimeters, which is 2 millimeters thicker than ordinary walling. The enhanced thickness can better absorb sounds and make buildings smoother in appearance, according to the report.
At Hall A9, there is a wall consisting of 4,084 diamond pieces in a geometric formation. The staff with the contractor of the project told the Daily that installing each piece by piece was difficult.
There is also a super door that is 8 meters tall, 6 meters wide and weighs 6 tons, and is an automatic system for roller blinds.
Residents will have a chance to visit the center during the trial operation, the report said.
The 8th Shenzhen Health & Wellness Fair held at Vista-SK International Medical Center last Saturday was another success! This fair boasted 19 product/service booths, including a new beauty area hosted by Beauty Lab, 7 food/drink vendors, 7 activity providers, 4 demo/DIY classes, 8 talks/workshops plus a kid’s activity area, which kept the 300+ visitors busy for the day. Attendees were also excited to receive their goody bag, which for this fair was a funky canvas lunch bag/tote.
Magpie was at the fair for the first time doing an early brunch, giving early arrivals a taste of their new spring brunch menu, with a choice of 3 different eggs benedict… all delicious. Hanover started the coffee machine nice and early to get everyone pumped up for the fun day ahead. Morse was swamped with smoothie orders, Lift On sold out of their nutritious meals and Compass Cafe’s sweet potato and black truffle fries were a winner. Studio Dolce especially made mini vegan carrot cake bars and 70% dark chocolate brownies for the day which were also well received.
Vista-SK’s Pop-Up Wellness Center was busy with people lining up to try out their physiotherapy, chiropractic and Traditional Chinese Medicine services. The CityPlus booth were helping people send postcards overseas for free, and were letting people know about their “Just Shenzhen” discovery trail, which everyone should try out if they get a chance. Beauty Lab’s area was providing a stack of free beauty services to try out, including sugaring and cool nail decals. The activity area was buzzing, despite a slow start with a music hitch first thing in the morning.
PlaceName: Vista-SK International Medical Center 维世达胜凯国际医疗中心
Place Address: Level 4, Building 4C, Shenzhen Software Industry Base, Xuefu Road, Nanshan District 南山区学府路软件产业基地4栋C座裙楼4层
Ma on Shan peak. With a height of 702 metres (2,303 ft), stands among the ten highest mountains in Hong Kong. The mountain borders Sha Tin and Tai Po districts. This is one of the best hikes I’ve done in Hong Kong and it is really worth you doing it. This hike is not for beginners, there is scrambling involved as well as some rope/rock climbing.
It is best to start the hike at Ma On Shan BBQ site. There the trail leads up on the ‘family trail’ This will lead to what looks like a dead end, ignore this and hop the fence. That’s where the real hike will begin. It starts off easy enough, with a muddy but well defined path through the trees and vegetation.
Keep going up the path, you’ll come to a dead end and a barrier. Ignore this, hop over it and continue going up. It gets steeper and more challenging as you go up but it’ll be worth it. The views also get better and better as you go higher.
The trees soon disappear and make way for lush green vegetation and a mountainous vista ahead of you. Don’t stop, just keep going forward. The trail was excellent, the wind blowing and the fresh air around you. Invigorating.
The trail leads to what is known as Pyramid Peak, I’m unsure why I guess it kind of looks like a pyramid (maybe). What do you think?
The views from the top are simply awesome, and well worth the challenging climb. You’ll be glad you did it.
To end the hike follow the signs and go back to a village and get the bus to Sai Kung, there is only one bus stop and one bus so you can’t go wrong. From there you can relax in Sai Kung or get a bus back to wherever you need in Hong Kong (there are many options).
Want to go?
Get the metro to Ma On Shan station. Head into the shopping mall, then go down to the B level. You need to get a mini bus NR84 to Ma On Shan BBQ site. The minibus is located just on the road. Look for the sign.
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Easy Bacchus is the passion of French wine lover, Cecilia. They offer one of the best wine selections in town – with each bottle chosen personally by Cecilia – and organize customized events. Easy Bacchus making wine tasting relaxed easy and fun for everyone.
Cecilia, or the “Shenzhen Wine Lady” as she has come to be known, has studied wine for a number of years. During that time, she has studied at the renowned Hotel School in Paris and has accumulated a vast wealth of knowledge when it comes to all things wine related.
As Cecilia studied more and more, she realized that the way wine was taught was too technical and complicated for many people. Most of us like to enjoy wine in a casual setting. It could be a party with friends, a meal with the family, or even just savoring a bottle alone one evening. All too often, however, wine is explained to us in a much more formal way using a vocabulary that can feel alien. Cecilia wanted to find a way to communicate with people about wine that was relatable and interesting.
So, Cecilia founded Easy Bacchus and developed her patented
multisensory wine labels to help guide people on a journey through the world of
wine to find a bottle that suits their tastes.
You can easily choose the perfect wine for you by following
the icons on a bottle of Easy Bacchus wine. You will find clear and
understandable information about the wine such as, the aroma, the intensity of
the wine, what dishes to pair it with and which occasions to open it on.
Once ordered, your wine will arrive the following day along
with the multisensory label, with its “scratch & sniff” patent. Scratch and
sniff the label to help you appreciate the aroma of the wine better and understand
if it will be strong or soft. The multisensory label can be scratched up to one
Cecilia’s growing selection of fine wine originates from
France, but has expanded to include other renowned winemaking regions of
Europe, South America, and soon also South Africa. The inventory changes with
the seasons and evolves as Cecilia shares with you the new discoveries she
makes in the world of wine.
Scan the QR code to follow the official Easy Bacchus WeChat shop and buy your favorite wine including the Easy Bacchus multisensory label:
Easy Bacchus is also available to organize specially
tailored wine education and tasting
events for Corporate and Individual packages.
Easy Bacchus Corporate wine events can be organized
for team building, customer events, or annual parties. They can be the perfect
way to bring a team together or to entertain a valuable client or shareholder.
Easy Bacchus provides
two packages, offering either standard or premium Easy Bacchus wines. Cecilia
will arrive with a selection of Easy Bacchus wines, glasses, and snacks. Invite
your colleagues, clients, or guests and enjoy a relaxed few hours of wine tasting
Easy Bacchus Individual
events can be held in a wide range of locations from restaurants, bars, co-working
spaces, or even at home. Feel free to open your doors for a private dinner or party
with friends or family.
In a relaxed environment with a friendly atmosphere, Easy
Bacchus offers some truly special wine to taste. Typically, they are red and
white wines, but sometimes rosé or sparkling. All wines offer different
characteristics, originate from different regions, and, of course, are easy to
During the event, Cecilia shares knowledge and experience
on wine including tasting, serving, pairing, storage, and much more. She has
plenty of funny stories and interesting anecdotes about wine and uses pictures,
videos, and an accessible vocabulary.
In the near future, Easy Bacchus will offer events about
how to read a wine label and how to make wine.
There is also the opportunity to sample authentic French cuisine at an Easy Bacchus event and Cecilia also comes into restaurants to pair dishes from the menu with the Easy Bacchus wine range.
Easy Bacchus, each event is tailored to your needs exactly.
Easy Bacchus also offers gift cards as the perfect present for that associate, colleague, friend, or family member that loves to learn about new wines.
ICC Badminton Club – Shenzhen
was founded in 2016 as part of the ICC Sports Club under the management
of Indian Curry Café Restaurant. Since then, the club has participated in all
major badminton tournaments happening in and around Shenzhen. The ICC
Chunks and ICC Devils are two different men’s doubles team
representing ICC Badminton Club in all major tournaments. The club runs in
close connection with the ICC Chunks Cricket Club, one of Shenzhen’s top
cricket teams, also established in the same year.
The club took part in the
Shenzhen Badminton League 1 in 2017. It was a tough first year, but the team learned
from their mistakes. The players worked on their approach and with support from
Indian Curry Café, the team has been going from strength to strength since.
In 2018 in the Shenzhen Badminton League 2, the club contested as two separate teams, ICC Chunks & ICC Devils. Both teams showed great team spirit and their true potential, winning the championship and finishing as runners up respectively. In January 2019,the club added one more title to their collection by winning the badminton championship organized by Guangzhou GMC.
Behind the success story of
the club are a number of passionate people. John, the Manager of ICC Sports
Club, is at the heart of everything the club does. Chris Michael, the captain
of the ICC Cricket Club, tours with the badminton teams as well as helping
prepare and motivate them for their tournaments. Of course, there are the
players too. Nixon Antony (NIXI) and Labeeb Muhammed (LABI) represent the ICC
Chunks, while Prayag Praveen (RAY) and Collin Raymond (COLLIN) represent the ICC
Devils. Not forgetting Aadi, who played for the ICC Chunks during the 2018
Indian Curry Café is famous for
their authentic Indian cuisine in Shenzhen, and now they are adding more
flavors to their name through sports.
For more information, call
John on 13424313585 or add him on WeChat at “JohnPriyanka0755”.
THIS year, Shekou International School (SIS) celebrates 30 years of providing expatriate students with the highest standard of education and a truly international experience in Shekou.
International School Services (ISS), a not-for-profit organization based in Princeton, the U.S., is celebrating more than 60 years of providing quality services for a wide range of educational institutes around the world. The relationship between SIS and ISS began in 2004 when SIS signed over full ownership and governance to ISS.
In honor of their partnership, SIS and ISS held a three-day celebration from Thursday to Saturday, at the G&G Creative Community in Shekou, kicking it off with an official joint ceremony Thursday morning for leaders from the Shenzhen government, as well as education and commerce, who spoke about SIS’s contributions to the development of Shenzhen and its role at the forefront of international education.
“On behalf of the Shenzhen education bureau, I would like to express my deep appreciation for the contribution SIS has made to the international community in Shenzhen,” said Guan Su, a counselor with the Shenzhen Municipal Education Bureau. “It is my hope to see more collaboration amongst our international schools and local schools, to promote cross-cultural understanding and communication between our faculties and students.”
“More than 1,000 expatriate families call SIS home,” said Liu Genping, director of the Nanshan education bureau, “…along with all international schools in the region, SIS has contributed to the 6,500 expatriate families from all over the world who have chosen Shenzhen as a place to work, raise families and contribute to the development of our great city.”
“SIS and China Merchants Shekou (CMSK) are deeply related, with the genes of our ‘Shekou’ identity,” said Lai Qiaozhen with CMSK. “ISS has supported SIS with world-class resources and educational expertise,” she added, “we look forward to great collaboration to create a brilliant future together.”
Chen Nanxian, the founding head of Yucai Education Group, also shared fond memories from the early days of SIS, explaining how his involvement and collaboration with the leadership of SIS and ISS over the years has helped to form and develop the SIS of today.
Dr. Chris Unger from Northeastern University in Boston in the U.S state of Massachusetts, and Xia Guangzhi from Shenzhen Graduate School, Tsinghua University also had opportunities to present their visions for the future of education.
Later that same evening, the SIS community came together for a celebration with students, teachers and parents, where SIS performing arts students performed several beautiful pieces, involving 65 band students and 130 choral students. Additionally, an all-school art exhibition represented the development of creativity and skills in SIS students from Pre-K through Grade 12.
On Friday evening, the French community in Shenzhen came together for a soiree to celebrate the coinciding 10th anniversary of the SIS Programme Francais Bilingue. The French Bilingual Program offered at SIS began in 2009 and was approved by the French Ministry of National Education in 2012.
The culmination of the three-day celebration concluded on a high with the SIS Parent Support Association’s (PSA) inaugural gala, “Back to the 80s,” on Saturday evening, themed in recognition of the year of SIS’s founding, 1988. Nine members of the PSA, led by PSA president Poppy Tedja, worked tirelessly for months to prepare for the gala, which also supported the Liang Jin Foundation.
“This gala represents the PSA’s contribution to the SIS 30th anniversary celebrations,” said Tedja, adding that they “chose the venue, the G&G Creative Community, to showcase the creativity of our students.”
Throughout the numerous events, the theme of community was recurrent, with the message “Once a Gecko, always a Gecko” on everyone’s lips. The SIS community was able to hear testimony from two wonderful SIS alumni speakers Carly Fraser (Class of 2017) and Sandy Uy (Class of 2009), who provided inspiring insights into their years at SIS and beyond.
“My advice for current SIS students would be to take advantage of the opportunities you have been given. Learn as many languages as you can. Make connections with a variety of people. Educate yourself on more aspects than just academic, and strive to be a compassionate, well-informed citizen,” advised Fraser, adding “Thank you SIS for being such a huge contribution in teaching me so many lessons, and helping me learn the true value of what it means to be a global citizen.”
“I am beyond honored to be able to stand here today in front of you to share a glimpse of what SIS means to me,” shared Uy. “They say it takes a village to raise a child, I am forever grateful for my SIS tribe, thankful for lifetime lessons, unimaginable experiences and for my forever friends turned family.”
SIS is located in a unique location where the innovation and vibrancy of China is most active, and is proud to be the oldest and most trusted international school in Shenzhen.
“Our community is proud of our reputation as a truly international school with strong academics and care for each student. We are inspired by the success of our city of Shenzhen and look forward to your trust for another 30 years,” said Greg Smith, head of SIS.
Meet ISZAF: A Platform Connecting Artists With The Shenzhen Community
Maria Mogas & Brittan Aebischer
The International Shenzhen Art Forum (ISZAF) was founded by Brittan Aebischer in September 2016. After living in Shenzhen for more than five years, Brittan realized there needed to be something to connect and engage artists with the local community. Beginning with a WeChat group and a rallying call for all artists, ISZAF quickly developed into an active organization with an administration team, website, artist challenges, weekly figure and still life drawing sessions, gallery shows, an art zine, and monthly community art walk and talks.
The administration team is a
collective of individuals who volunteer their time and resources to connect and
promote the artist community. Each administrative member of the team fulfils an
important role. There is Founder and Co-Chair, Brittan Aebischer, along with
Gloria Carnevale, Co-Chair and founding member, who oversee general operations
and community outreach. Our Artist Production Coordinator is Catarina Braga,
our Chief Content Editor for our ArtSZine is Jen Nicklas, and our Community
Drawing Coordinator is Kumi Legault. Michael Williams is our Community
Mobilizer, and last but not least, is our Forum Lecture Coordinator, Maria
Mogas. The administration team works jointly on all projects and strives to
meet the needs of our community, while looking forward to seek out potential
opportunities beneficial to the growth of the community as well.
Founded around the concept of an
international artist society, ISZAF has quickly evolved into a platform for
international arts professionals in the Shenzhen area such as fine artists,
graphic designers, photographers, industrial designers, tattoo artists, and
visual arts educators.
ISZAF started with a clear mission:
To connect artists
and arts professionals to establish a dynamic, creative, and healthy arts
To converse through
inter-professional and intercultural dialogue that supports the visual arts and
deepens the art consciousness of the community.
To convey the artists’ work, concepts, and discourse to the community at large in hopes to better establish more economically sustainable relationships between the visual arts industry and the Chinese community.
During its inception, ISZAF began
engaging artists and their communities with weekly live drawing sessions. These
sessions were offered to artists as well as anyone in the community who wanted
to come and draw. Simultaneously, ISZAF established comprehensive artist
challenges that were open to anyone who wanted to be challenged to make work
based on a set theme. The community participation in both the live drawing
sessions and the artist challenges quickly established the ISZAF community base
and since then has been the driving force for all of ISZAF’s activities and
ISZAF also supports Shenzhen’s youth in their artistic and creative development. ISZAF co-sponsored the Shenzhen Bay Music and Art Festival in 2017 and fully initiated and produced the Kuku Chai International Youth Art Exhibition in January 2018. In addition to major youth art exhibitions, ISZAF assists in linking artists to schools as visiting artists or artists in residence. Our mission as an organization is to be adaptive to the artists and the needs of our community. Thus, we hope to be relevant and engaging to the transient and urban landscape of Shenzhen.
Ultimately, ISZAF strives to be a platform for artists and arts professionals within the Greater Bay Area (GBA) of Southern China. It is our hope that as the existing art and cultural market grows, we can establish a space for our artists to emerge and sustainably share their vision and work.
For more information, visit the official website at www.iszaf.com or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because we believe that every student is a unique individual with unlimited potential, our mission is to let them shine in at least one passionate, purposeful pursuit in which they will achieve excellence, and as a result, lifelong confidence.
Therefore, we respect every child’s choice. He or she can be an explorer who aspires to travel around the world, an artist who inspires others with infectious enthusiasm, a scientist who strives for knowledge, or a caring community service worker that takes action to improve the lives of others.
The Founding Whittle Scholars program was created to help children achieve their dreams. Now, let’s meet several Founding Scholars from DC Campus —
Entering our Global Boarding Program in grade 9, Isabel comes to Whittle School & Studios from rural North Carolina with a passion for environmental justice, music, and public speaking. She lives on a large farm with her family – including her mother who is an environmental educator at a wildlife preserve, and her father who is an artist and musician. Isabel also has twin 10-year old brothers. She is a global stand-out student, with a zest for exploration. Isabel was the youngest person (at 11) invited to Antarctica on a scientific expedition by British Polar explorer Robert Swan. She raised funds for the expedition by playing the fiddle at local cafes and music venues.
Gold Key Medalist for Poetry in Scholastic Regional Awards; 2019 Silver Medalist for Poetry in Scholastic National Awards; 2018 Gold Key Medalist for Flash Fiction in Scholastic Regional Awards
2018 Award-winning poet and conference speaker for The Pulitzer Center’s “Causes of Conflict, Prospects for Peace”
Spoke at a Citizen’s Climate Lobby event on rising sea levels at the South Carolina Aquarium
Named as sole youth in Charlie Magazine‘s “50 Most Progressive” in Charleston, South Carolina
Isabel raised funds for the expedition by playing the fiddle at local cafes and music venues.
Entering our Global Boarding Program in grade 9, Jiajia comes to Whittle School & Studios with a long list of interdisciplinary achievements in the arts and sciences. She possesses the mind of a scientist and musician, attending a small private school in northern New Jersey. Jiajia has received national level awards in piano and has scientific research at a Harvard University program. She has notable awards from state-level science Olympiads, national piano competitions, and national-level recognition in Mathcounts team challenges. She has already completed coursework in honors and AP biology, honors chemistry, honors English, geometry, and AP computer science. Her National Poetry Contest poem was selected to be published.
Classical piano gold medal winner in Little Mozarts International Competition
Gold & Silver medal winner in the Crescendo International Competition
Gold medal winner in the AADGT Passion for Music International Competition
New Jersey Science Olympiad Regionals team member
Member of the Mathcounts New Jersey Chapter Competition team that won 1st place in regionals, advancing to the state-level
Multiple award levels with the “Picture This Harvard Invitational” (2nd place in the Potions and Poisons category, and 3rd place in the Density Lab category)
Entering grade 6, Charli is a nationally renowned ballroom dancer and has performed at major events across the United States, most recently as a national qualifier with the USA Dance Mid-Atlantic Championships. She has performed at the Gold level in multiple categories. Additionally, Charli is a top student hailing from a public school in the area of Charlotte, NC. She also studies Mandarin and Russian with strong proficiency in both languages, preparing her extraordinarily well for a Whittle education. Her deep interests in history and the social sciences will also make her an academic and extracurricular force among our students.
❏ About the Founding Whittle Scholars Program
The Founding Whittle Scholars program is a highly selective scholars program for a group of exceptional, high-achieving students in the middle and upper-grade levels. Each Founding Whittle Scholar will be selected by our global advisory members.
By the fall of 2019, up to 10 of the Founding Whittle Scholars will receive a scholarship award to cover their tuition fees. Scholarships will cover 50%-100% of the tuition fees at Whittle School & Studios, not including boarding (for students of Grade 1 through 12 on DC Campus, the tuition figure is $ 49,155/year). Once a Founding Whittle scholarship is awarded, it is awarded annually until graduation. No further application is required. (Scholars’ academic performance will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee every year).
All Founding Whittle Scholars will receive a one-time $2,000 Innovation Grant to be used for in-depth research and/or a creative project.
❏ Campus-level Scholarship
In addition to the global-level founder scholarship, we have set up four additional scholarships at the campus level, to encourage more outstanding students to continue to excel as role models:
❏ How to apply?
In 2019, all applicants to Whittle School & Studios will receive automatic consideration based on the materials submitted in their original applications. An executive committee comprised of the senior leadership and advisory board members will review finalists and select the cohort of Founding Whittle Scholars.
In 2019, all applicants will also have a chance to be awarded campus-level scholarships. The selection procedures and criteria will be announced in due course.
To learn more about our scholarships, please come to our Information Event or email us at: email@example.com.
2019/05/11 10:00 – 12:00 am
2019/05/18 10:00 – 12:00 am
Whittle Talks【A Mother’s Day Event】
Leaning In: Balance and Success for Women
Whittle Parent Information Events will be held on irregular basis in Shenzhen. Welcome to join one of the event and have a face-to-face communication with the team.
Long press the following QR code to sign up:
Address and contact information:
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
Discover Another Side of the City with Just Shenzhen
There is a popular Chinese saying that translates as “As soon as you arrive in Shenzhen, you are already a Shenzhener.” It is the kind of city where anyone can come and start a life. With the city growing so quickly and people living such fast-paced lives, however, we sometimes miss the diverse culture, rich history, and natural beauty of Shenzhen. Now, with Just Shenzhen there is a fun way to discover a different side to Shenzhen you never knew existed.
Embark on a Treasure Hunt and Explore Shenzhen
Just Shenzhen Discovery Routes
Just Shenzhen takes you on a journey across the city where you will visit eight sites that combine exploration, puzzle-solving, and storytelling. Discover gorgeous scenery, amazing architecture, and fascinating history by cracking puzzles and answering questions that lead you on a trip like no other through Shenzhen. By the end of your journey, you will see Shenzhen in a whole new light.
The 8 Sites
Just Shenzhen is designed for people of all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’ve just arrived or are born-and-raised in Shenzhen, you can always discover something new and fascinating about the city.
Simply go to one of the following five volunteer service booths, known as U Stations, to get your toolkit, which includes a map of all the sites and a specific site map (puzzles are on the site map). You can also collect a toolkit from Penny Black Jazz Café in OCT Loft. Now you have your toolkit you are ready to start your adventure!
Toolkit Pickup Location
U Station – Exit A, Guomao Subway Station (Line 1)
U Station – Exit D1, Huaqiang North Subway Station (Lines 2 and 7)
U Station – Exit D, Children’s Palace Subway Station (Lines 3 and 4)
U Station – Exit E, Houhai Subway Station (Lines 2 and 11)
U Station – Exit A, Sea World Subway Station (Line 2)
Penny Black Jazz Café – Exit A, Qiaocheng East Subway Station (Line 1)
▲Just Shenzhen Site Map (Example: International Trade Centre Building)
▲Just Shenzhen Experience Toolkit
Q: What treasures can I receive?
A: After completing the challenges at each site, return the toolkit to the pickup site. Check with the staff and get a stamp on your all-site map. You will also receive Just Shenzhen stickers and postcards!
If you finish all eight sites of the route, simply head to Shekou Sea World U station and show the staff all your stamps. In return, you will receive an awesome prize. You can choose from a selection of Just Shenzhen merchandise including a hat, card case, or t-shirt.
Q: What should I expect on these treasure hunts?
A: During your journey, you will have the chance to visit the following interesting places:
– Historical Sites: Check out the first ever McDonalds opened in Mainland China and shop for groceries like a local in the fresh markets. Roam the Guomao area surrounding the International Trade Building where you can witness “Shenzhen Speed”; the rapid period of growth during the 1980s so fast that it was said an entire floor of a building could be built in three days.
– Development Sites: These sites represent the cutting edge of Shenzhen’s rapid development in the technology sector, which has led to the city being dubbed the “Silicon Valley” of China. Look up in awe at some of the tallest skyscrapers in the world while exploring an ocean of consumer electronics.
– Cultural Sites: These sites are a gathering ground for art lovers, including an arts district where you visit exhibitions displaying both Traditional Chinese and Contemporary art. After exploring an exhibit, catch a meal at one of the many restaurants or spend an afternoon in one of the cafés enjoying a cup of coffee. Before you leave, check out the T-street market where you can find handmade souvenirs. Don’t be surprised if you bump into some awesome street performers along the way.
– Community Sites: Make a trip to Sea World and meet the “Father of Shekou”. Learn about the story of Yuan Geng, the pioneer behind the rapid development of Shekou during the early years of the reform and opening of Shenzhen. Enjoy a lovely stroll around Talent Park and get to know the history of how this city was built. You will leave the park with a greater understanding of Shenzhen history and maybe some inspiration to do something great yourself.
▲ Friends from all over the world work together on a Just Shenzhen Discovery Route
“One cannot simply observe a city to know it but must be immersed in it.”
Just Shenzhen Discovery Routes are a series of experiences developed and operated by CityPlus, an information platform that functions as a two-way exchange channel for international residents and visitors in Shenzhen. Our goal is to connect people to each other and create a sense of belonging and shared experience in our city through online content and offline activities such as collaborations with prominent brands, livestreaming large events, Shenzhen@755 how-to guides, and the Just Shenzhen Discovery Routes.
JUST ENJOY YOURSELF
Special thanks to our media partner: Shenzhen Party
On April 15th 2019, the new national standard, Safety Technical Specification for Electric Bicycle (GB17761-2018), was officially implemented in Shenzhen. The implementing has significant impacts on the manufacturing and selling of electric bicycles, and also provides customers with guidance on purchasing and using of electric bicycles.
On Apr 24, we held a seminar on Chinese “Green Card” (Permanent Residence Permit) together with MSCE (Shekou Management and Service Center For Expats). More than 60 expats attenteded and Seminar lasted nearly two hours.
Firstly, we summarized five main categories and total seventeen subcategories to get Chinese Green Cards. Five main categories are including: Reunion, Overseas Chinese, Investment, Employment and High-level talents. And we gave detailed explanations for the following common categories:
1. Marrying a Shenzhen resident ( apply after 5 years)
2. Overseas Chinese with Ph.D (apply after 1year)
3. Overseas Chinese without Ph.D (apply after 4 years)
4. Employment with high salary (apply after 4 years)
5. Employment as senior executive (apply after 3 years)
6. Investment (apply after 3 years)
7. R visa holders (apply after 3 years).
Some expats asked their questions based on the content:
Secondly, we elaborated procedure of R visa(talent visa). R visa is a high-level talent visa that is valid for five or ten years and the duration of each stay can be as long as 180 days.
Finally, we elaborated many ways to get long-term work pemits and residence permits based on current policies and regulations.
According to statistics in Jun 2018, 475 foreigners have applied for permanent residence permits in Guangdong province since 2016 , and 320 foreigners have obtained permanent residence permit cards. Among the people who have obtained permanent residence permit cards, there are outstanding entrepreneurs in key industries, high-end executives in professional fields, high-tech enterprise investors, talents in national “Thousand Talents Program”, doctoral tutors of high-level universities and research institutes, well-known experts and professors, and their spouse and children. They played an active and important role in innovative development, open development, and Guangdong-HongKong and Macao Greater Bay Area’s construction.
Our seminar got many attendants’ recognition and focus. We are glad to give expats more useful information for more convenient life and work in China.
We will provide FREE consultation service once a week in MSCE from May. Welcome to join!
We will hold a series of seminars on othertopics related cloesely with expats with MSCE and will post on our WeChat public account.
The theme of this year’s conference is Bigger Than Us, 68 renowned speakers gathered in Vancouver, searching for greater meaning in the world and the inspiring possibilities that arise when we ask what ideas are worth fighting and living for. Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan selected session 11 with the topic on ‘ Wonder ’ and livestream for the TED fans in Shenzhen, The inspiration-seekers includes TED followers from famous IT enterprises like Huawei, IBM, Tencent, Dell etc., as well as companies and institutes like HSBC, Tsinghua University, and European Chamber.
Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan has especially prepared inventive coffee break with Marriott mind menu to provide audiences a refresh TED experience, and created the theatre-shape set up to make sure all the 80 audiences has good viewing experience from the each angle.
7 outstanding speakers from different fields had share their bright ideas, Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks awe is a physiological state of mind that could positively influence how we approach conflict and uncertainty. Actor and filmmaker Joseph Gordon -Levitt talked about how if your creativity is driven by a desire to get attention, you’ll never be creatively fulfilled. Artist Daniel Lismore talked about his life as a work of art, created a new each morning. Astrophysicist Juna Kollmeier shared her ideas on how mapping the observable universe may be a pretty epic proposition, but is actually achievable.
During the media interview afterwards, audiences excitedly expressed that they had a great experience of TED Livestream, felt it was amazing to enjoy the TED Conference at a comfortable ballroom and get the great ideas synchronously.
“It’s with great
pleasure that our hotel been authorized as the first hotel in China to
livestream the TED Conference. The TED speakers who presented are each pioneers
in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and insight,” said
Gary Fung, General Manager of Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan “We look forward
to sharing this enriching content with our guests and welcome like-minded
creative entrepreneurs and business people to host their meetings and
celebrations with us.”
“It’s with great pleasure that our hotel been authorized as the first hotel in China to livestream the TED Conference. The TED speakers who presented are each pioneers in their respective fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and insight,” said Gary Fung, General Manager of Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan “We look forward to sharing this enriching content with our guests and welcome like-minded creative entrepreneurs and business people to host their meetings and celebrations with us.”
With a belief of “Ideas worth spreading”, TED is dedicated to the exchange of exciting ideas through short and meaningful speeches. Marriott Hotels, who has been an official TED partner since 2016, afterwards the with Marriott Hotels brings creatively curated TED Talks to guest rooms, unique TED Fellows Salons to hotels worldwide, and exclusive live streaming opportunities, helping guests and travelers get closer to the action.