Flights to Chiang Mai From Shenzhen

Starting from June 15 Thai Air Asia will be flying 4 times weekly from Shenzhen to Chiang Mai.

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Chiang Mai was founded in 1296 as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom. Today it is a place where the past and present can be seen standing side by side, from the modern architecture to the breathtakingly beautiful temples. Located 700 km north of Bangkok, Chiang Mai rests beside the Ping River and is surrounded by a picturesque mountainous region. Although the city is relatively small, Chiang Mai has everything a visitor could wish for.

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Whether you are a backpacker, shopper, or adventurer, Chiang Mai is a must-see destination. Treat yourself and relax with an authentic Thai massage or take a cooking course and learn how to prepare the iconic dishes of the region’s cuisine. Explore the quaint alleys and backroads and visit the bustling markets to discover unique handicrafts and antiques. When evening comes, indulge in the local cuisine at one of the many amazing restaurants. If you want the night to continue, then there is strong and vibrant nightlife to explore, where locals and visitors mix together freely and happily.

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With Thai Air Asia now flying 4 times a week to Chiang Mai from Shenzhen, there’s no better time to discover this cultural gem in North Thailand.

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Whittle School & Studios Teachers on Shenzhen Campus (Part 3)

View: Whittle School & Studios Teachers on Shenzhen Campus (Part 1)

Whittle School & Studios Teachers on Shenzhen Campus (Part 2)

As Loris Malaguzzi, the founder of Reggio Emilia’s educational philosophy said, “Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” 

I am excited to start the new school year with happiness, joy and endless possibilities.

—— Angela (Pei-Chin) Tung, Division Head of Early Learning Center

        Jeanette Miao, Early Learning Center Teacher  

Erika Lippert – Early Learning Center Teacher

Erika received her Master’s Degree in Education from Loyola University of Maryland and her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science from Truman State University. She has been teaching and working in education for 12 years. She has an extensive background in health and wellness coaching for children and adults, and spent 6 years coaching gymnastics for children of all ages. Her home away from home is Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Northwest of the US, but she has lived and worked throughout the US as well as abroad. She has been living in Shenzhen since 2017, and also spent 3 years living and teaching in South Korea. Erika strongly believes that through cultivating joy, movement, intention, and mindfulness practice, teachers and leaders can guide children and young adults in the direction of following their curiosities and discovering their magic. “I believe we are all beautifully unique, so a supportive community in which everyone works together and supports one another’s strengths and respects multiple perspectives, rather than the old way of competing to be on top, is the way to a more peaceful globalized world.”

Jianping Pratt – Co-Head of Maths

Jianping Pratt moved to England in 1994 where she rediscovered her passion for Mathematics and studied to achieve a 1st Class degree in Mathematical Science. Jianping completed her teacher training at Brunel University, Langley Grammar School and Slough Grammar School. Jianping has accumulated a vast amount of teaching and management experience from her 25-year career. She has taught English at a vocational school in China, acted as an interpreter and taught Mandarin Chinese at various colleges and university language centres in the UK. She has also spent the past 18 years teaching Mathematics up to GCSE and A level in both private sector schools, such as Eton College and Brigidine School Windsor, and in the state sector, such as Slough Grammar School. For the past seven years, Jianping has worked for the Chinese International School (HK/HZ) where she led the Mathematics department in dual-language education. Jianping’s love of truly international education and her multicultural teaching experience are perfectly matched to Whittle School & Studios’ vision. Jianping also has exceptional language skills: apart from mother-tongue fluency in English, she can communicate with people in both Spanish and Japanese. Extracurricularly, Jianping loves sports: she used to train in Karate as a Black belt and is a competent horse rider. While working in HZCIS, Jianping helped to run the school Equestrian team and tai chi club and she still practises tai chi and tai chi sword most days.  

Alex Ashman-Humanities Teacher for 1st Grade

Alex has a master’s degree in transmedia storytelling from Canada’s preeminent school of media, Ryerson University, where he was featured on the Top 30 Under 30 List and won the Innovative Storytellers Award for his thesis project about children with superpowers. He was selected for the sought-after Telefilm Canada New Media Producers’ Program, where he developed new ways of extending stories across multiple media platforms for children’s entertainment. Featured in The New York Times, Alex is a published photographer, an award-winning filmmaker, and has been mentored on over a dozen feature films and television movies, including the Golden Globe and Emmy nominee Into the West, executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Little House on the Prairie for Walt Disney.His latest project, Alex in Lotusland, which is about his life in China, was recently nominated for a 2018 Webby Award.

Tianyu Zhang-Bilingual Special Education Teacher

Tianyu Zhang has a Master’s degree in Bilingual Education and Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also has a Bachelor’s degree in Teaching Chinese as Foreign Language from Beijing Language and Culture University. Upon graduation from college, she joined Teach For China on a two-year commitment and served as a second grade home room teacher in a minority elementary school in Lincang, Yunnan. There she founded the Voice Of Kids online podcast to spread the voice of the students. She has experience of working in different educational institutions in New York. Currently she is working as a 3rd grade inclusive class special education teacher in one of the oldest bilingual Chinese-English schools in New York. From Yunnan to New York, the experience of studying and working in diverse environments has deepened her understanding of the education systems of both China and the United States. She believes that a good teacher should first be a good listener and that every adult is a grown-up child.

Assoc. Prof. Alessandro Antonicelli-Director and Teacher in the Creative Arts and Design Department

Passionate about how traditional and modern media bridges cultures, Alessandro completed his Bachelor’s and Masters’s Degrees in Multimedia Design and Production, and was recently awarded a Certification in Evaluating Design with Users. In 1999 Alessandro founded The Web Agency, specializing in animated interactive websites, and started off his Academic career teaching Design and Multimedia. In 2004, he moved to China, where he became Program Director of Graphic Design and Interactive Media at Raffles Design Institute attached to Changchun University and Donghua University in Shanghai. He became Associate Professor through application of Multiple Intelligence combined with Learning-by-Doing while teaching Design. Alessandro’s most recent project was the design of the e-Learning platform for La Sapienza University in Rome.

Kathleen Prevost – Early Learning Center Teacher

Kathleen Prevost is a kindergarten teacher with over 15 years’ experience in international education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Indiana University and has studied both English Language Learning and Social Emotional Learning. Her international experience spans four countries, most recently serving as a Student Teacher at the International School of Beijing. Kathleen has dedicated significant time to teaching in China in particular, serving as the Director of a Foreign Language Department for over two years here in Beijing. One of her strengths lies in the diversity of her experiences; she has been a teacher, a coach, and has developed numerous educational programs, from traditional classroom courses to outdoor camps and online learning. In her free time, Kathleen also enjoys creating books, games, and songs for young children.

Cici Liu-Math Teacher for 1st Grade

Cici has been teaching for 6 years and still enjoys it everyday. She has TEFL and TKT teaching certificates. Cici has teaching experience in China, Canada, Scotland, California and Hong Kong. She would love to share her knowledge about the world with her students. Her classes are always engaging, interactive and fun. She loves to have her students be the center of her class. Each and every class is different so she believes in tailoring learning activities to students’ individual strengths and weaknesses.

Chad Skunda 、Bella Skunda-Humanity Teacher and Chinese Teacher

Chad Skunda graduated from The University of Texas with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in philosophy, and received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from The University of North Texas. After writing for the local newspaper for about a year, he began teaching secondary English. He spent time designing the 10th and 12th grade curriculum whilst teaching poetry and writing to eager learners. Chad moved to Beijing in 2015. There he tried something new as a Primary Homeroom teacher and developed a passion for teaching younger students. The past two years, Chad has been working at Kaiwen academy that caters to Tsinghua University as a Language Specialist. Chad continues to progress his ability to speak Chinese with plans to take HSK 6. 

Chad’s wife, Bella Skunda, is a Chinese teacher with a global perspective and an international education background. She received her bachelor’s degree from Shandong Normal University and studies for her master’s degree at Renmin University of China. Bella is a certified teacher(K-12). She has been teaching in public and international schools in Beijing for nearly 11 years. Her rich teaching experience has led her to form a unique teaching method that combines Western and Chinese approaches. Bella has completed and participated in several years of project-based learning. She participated in a project-based learning concept called “March Madness” (3rd Grade-5th Grade) that combines mathematics, language, art, information technology, and social sciences. Her teaching plan “Give You a Bunch of Flowers” (5th Grade) won first place in the national teaching proposal contest. With her deep understanding of education and rich experience, Bella will continue to practice the Chinese teaching concept of “happy learning and happy harvest” at Whittle School & Studios.

Xiaoxu Yan-Chinese Teacher for 4th Grade

Yan Xiaoxu graduated from China Central Normal University with a degree in Chinese Language and Literature. She studied at Trinity College Dublin and studied the combination of drama and language. She has taught Chinese in key middle schools in China, and is familiar with the knowledge and abilities in primary and secondary schools. Then she conducted research and development of k-12 language teaching courses. She has long-term experience of combining education and drama with other disciplines. The concept of interdisciplinary, integrated education at Whittle fits her educational ideals. She believes that the teacher is not only a teacher, but also a connector, organizer, and co-learner. We keep our curiosity about the world, open the space of dialogue with love, and discuss and explore the possibilities of the future with our children.

Jiani Lim-Early Learning Center Teacher

Jiani received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of South Australia. She holds a teaching certificate in Speech & Drama and has been teaching and working in education for 15 years. Born in Singapore, Jiani has been living and working in Shanghai for seven years, serving both as a senior teacher and in a leadership role as Principal of the Julia Gabriel Center. She has worked with children using play-based learning, as well as the Reggio Emilia approach, and has taught children of diverse backgrounds. She is a bilingual English-Mandarin speaker and is a firm believer in the benefits of immersive language environments for children. She encourages children to express themselves using speech, body movement, arts and crafts and music. Jiani believes as a teacher it is important for her to reflect on how she views children. “Children are capable of becoming independent individuals and should be encouraged to do so. They should be respected as individuals and be given appropriate guidance and support to grow into themselves.” 

In our forthcoming articles, you will be introduced to more of our faculty. We believe that they, with their passion for teaching, will play an instrumental role in leading young children through what we hope will be an incredible journey here at Whittle School & Studios.

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

Website:  Whittle School & Studios’s Website

Place Phone:  +86 (755) 26691818


New Chef at Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant – a new restaurant in the Wyndham Grand Hotel, Futian CBD – is one of the most prestigious restaurants in Shenzhen. With a variety of menus catering for different tastes, Nadagogo has flavours to suit every palate.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

Bruce Li is the newest chef to join the Wyndham Grand family. Bringing over 35 years of experience with him from Taiwan, Bruce Li is an expert in Japanese cuisine. Originally specialising in Taiwanese-style teppanyaki, Li decided to try the new challenge of Japanese-style eight years ago and immediately flourished.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

After sharing his expertise in hotels and restaurants throughout Taiwan and Shanghai, Li decided to move to Shenzhen more than three years ago. Teng Japanese Restaurant at the Marriott, Nanshan, was Li’s first post in Shenzhen, and a little over a month ago he decided to take up a new challenge and join the team at Nadagogo.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

Nadagogo serves a variety of Japanese specialities, including kushiyaki, yakitori, keiseki, tempura, sushi and sashimi. However, the favourite speciality – of both Chef Li and his guests – is teppanyaki. Priding himself on the fresh ingredients that make Japanese-style teppanyaki unique, Li ensures every dish is prepared to the taste of each guest.  He does this by communicating directly with the guests as they watch him skilfully prepare each fresh ingredient.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

This aspect of teppanyaki – being face-to-face with the guests – is what makes this cuisine different and why it is Li’s favourite to cook. He can get to know the guests, their likes and dislikes, and they in turn can see exactly how their food is prepared and all the fresh ingredients that go into each dish.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

Boston lobster, Wagyu beef and abalone from Australia, and French foie gras are a few of the specialities you can expect to see on the menu. The presentation of each dish is stunning, yet fast enough that the fresh food is still piping hot. Seared foie gras lies on a slice of grilled apple topped with special sauce and complimented by kiwi and blueberries.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

The Wagyu beef – both Li’s and guests’ favourite dish – is cooked to perfection, as per the request of each guest, served with garlic chips and seared pumpkin, capsicum and red onion, with pepper salt for seasoning. Freshly seasoned vegetables serve as an accompaniment or a main course, and of course each dish is the perfect size to enable guests to try a variety of specialities.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

Of course no Japanese meal is complete without saki, and Nadagogo has the most extensive range in Shenzhen. Each guest is given a Nadagogo Sake Card with which you can help yourself at one of the sake self-service machines. With over one hundred varieties to choose from it may seem a little daunting if you are not a sake expert. However, there is always a top-class sommelier on hand to recommend the perfect match for each dish.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen

Nadagogo has a reputation for world class Japanese cuisine, and the addition of Chef Li to the team will ensure that this continues for a long time to come. Whether you love teppanyaki or have never tried it, Nadagogo is the ideal place to enjoy a friendly atmosphere, great company and of course fantastic food.

Nadagogo Japanese Restaurant, Wyndham Grand, Shenzhen
Opening hours:
Lunch 11:30-15:00
Dinner 17:00-23:00
3rd Floor, Wyndham Grand Hotel,
2009 Caitian Road, Futian, Shenzhen

To reserve a table call: 0755-88398330

Morton’s Grille Fabulous Wine & Dine Dinner Review

On Wednesday May 29 Morton’s Grille partnered with wine importer The Wine People to launch Wine & Dine, a concept designed to showcase some of the boutique wines they have listed paired with a special menu created by their chef for the evening.  The evening was filled with some truly delicious fine cuisine & amazing wines where Shenzhen residents of various backgrounds either booked their own table with friends or joined a social gathering table to enjoy the five courses menu.

Morton’s Grille, located on the 9th floor of Ping’An Financial Plaza in Futian District, succeeded in delighting their guests with a perfectly curated menu, where the flavours of the dishes enhanced each of the wine pairings which were served by the Sommelier from The Wine People.

The gathering started at 6.30 PM where guests were welcomed with a glass of Toso Brut, a refreshing yet flavoursome 100% Chardonnay sparkling from Argentina paired with pass-around caprese & tuna tapas. Once seated, the guests enjoyed sauteed mussels in white wine which was served with the Reserve King’s Favour Sauvignon Blanc by Marisco from iconic Marlborough (NZ).

This was followed by a heavenly roasted sea-bass fillet paired to La Bri Reserve Chardonnay, a wine crafted in the small valley of Franschhoek, South Africa by a female winemaker who trained in France. This was our favourite wine pairing of the evening as the combination can be taken as a perfect example of food & wine being able to enhance the best qualities of each other. The slightly oaky Chardonnay working perfectly along with the roasted element of the fish with both similar textures of food & wine mutually complimenting.

Morton’s Grille then beautifully revisited their signature steak, by offering each guest both a dry aged & a wet aged New York strip, demonstrating in the process how the different aging processes can influence the same cut of meat, whilst also picking the perfect pairing for both among the medium body King’s Wrath Pinot Noir by Marisco and the fuller bodied yet elegant Evangeline Syrah crafted by Chaffey Bros in Eden Valley (AUS).

To close this memorable evening, a cheese platter elegantly decorated with roasted grapes was served to the happy and fulfilled guests who kept enjoying their reds for a while longer…

Please note that all of the wine served by The Wine People throughout the evening are currently available on Morton’s Grille’s wine list in both Shenzhen and Guangzhou, see the following link for further information:  Additionally for more information on The Wine People, please visit or WeChat: thewinepeople

5 Ways To Explore Macau This June

Summer is finally here and Macau is booming with cultural, dining and outdoor events. So don’t miss out, each and every one of them are worth a trip to Macau, or even better, a whole weekend to get the most out of this beautiful city.

FuerzaBrutaWayra at MGM Theater

As a trendsetter in Asia’s entertainment landscape, MGM stages the unconventional FuerzaBrutaWayra at MGM Theater, the immersive theater party experience that has swept across the globe. Arguably one of the world’s craziest theater shows, this Argentine theatrics performance creates an extraordinary three-dimensional standing show pumping with adrenaline, stimulating your senses and electrifying your body every second.

For the first time in Macau, FuerzaBrutaWayra unwraps the outside-the-box theater and party surprises at MGM Theater. The standing show redefines show rules with no rigid stage or seating arrangement allowing the audience to be at the center stage of the show interacting with the performers. Wherever you are in the theater, you are fully submerged in the 360-degree views, surrounded by shock waves of the theater’s mind-blowing visual effects and lighting. FuerzaBrutaWayra Macau is a footloose sensory journey. Speak loudly. Run wildly. Take videos casually. Snap selfies smoothly. Be ready to welcome performers coming out of nowhere and from all directions, or to react to unexpected scenes.

With shows in 27 countries worldwide, over 2.5 million people have already indulged in the off-the-chart sensory feast presented by FuerzaBruta. Meaning “brute force” in Spanish, FuerzaBruta is a postmodern theater show originating from Argentina. The show debuted in 2005 in Buenos Aires with overwhelming applause, and it has been running Off-Broadway in New York since 2007.

When:  June 14–August 4, 2019.

Wednesday–Friday: 8:30 PM, Saturday and Sunday: 5:00 PM and 8:30 PM.

Where:  MGM Theater at MGM Cotai, Avenida da Nave Desportiva, Cotai.

How much:  MOP $488 per person.

For more information, call +853 8802 3833 or send an email to ticketing@mgm

Bene Food and Wine Mercato: Street Food

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La Dolce Vita! Visit Bene Food & Wine Mercato, a unique dining concept that explores the authentic flavors of Italy every month. With a vibrant market atmosphere, indigenous wine counters and different theme-inspired interactive cooking stations that take you on a journey to experience the flavors of Italy like a true Italian.

When:  Friday and Saturday, 6:00 PM, June 14 and 15, 2019.

Where: Bene, Level 1, Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central, Estrada do Istmo. s/n, Cotai.

How much:  MOP $488 per adult and MOP $200 per child (Aged 6 to 12 years old)

For more information, check the event’s Facebook page and for ticketing, click here

Italian Renaissance Drawings from the British Museum

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The exhibition “Italian Renaissance Drawings from the British Museum”, to be held from 12 April to 30 June, features a total of 52 drawings by 42 Italian Renaissance masters, such as Mantegna, Correggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael and RossoFiorentino. This exhibition explores the important role of sketches in the work and thinking of the artists during the period between 1470 and 1580.

Part of the pre-launch events package of Art Macao mega-activity by the Secretariat for Social Affairs and Culture, this exhibition features six different sections, The Human Figure, Costume and Drapery, Movement, Light, The Natural World and Storytelling. It explores some of the themes from Renaissance art, starting from the core study of the human body to explore how artists brought life and dynamism to their compositions. The showcase was inaugurated in April, which coincides with the birth of Leonardo da Vinci (15 April 1452), creating significance to the pre-event. In the exhibition, 3D printing and relevant technology will be introduced for the first time in Macau to provide a tactile experience for people with visual impairments, thereby promoting a cultural experience without boundaries.

When:  April 12–June 30, 2019.

Where:  Macao Museum of Art, 3/F, Avenida Xian Xing Hai, NAPE, Macau.

How much:  Free admission.

For more information, call +853 8791 9814, email or visit Art Macao’s website

The Frenchie (UK) Pop Up at Vida Rica Bar

A classic French bistro located in London, The Frenchie, is having a pop up at Vida Rica Bar from June 14 to 16 to present its unique duck confit burgers in Macau. Explore the unique flavours of this dish and the duck fat chips presented by The Frenchie. With Tetaert Iggy, director of The Frenchie since 2013, they have been feeding London with their deliciously modern take on traditional French cuisine. Hence, they present the confit duck burger and duck fat chips.

Their unique creation is quickly made to order; the confit duck burger, a delicious crispy duck skin served in a warm toasted brioche bun with rocket, mustard, red onion chutney and a melted cheese of your choice. Just as enjoyable with or without their freshly hand cut chips, double cooked in duck fat and oil and served with a final dollop of truffle mayonnaise.

They love popping up around London and so far they have attended numerous festivals, night markets and more. They pride themselves not only on using the best locally sourced ingredients, but also on the friendly service provided at each location. So from ‘bonjour’ to ‘bon appetit’ they will always be delighted to see both new and regular faces.

When:  Friday–Sunday, June 14–16, 2019.

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

How much:  Pricing depends on orders.

For reservations, contact Vida Rica Bar at +853 8805 8928 or

Arraial de São João 2019

Arraial de São João, a festival originating amongst the Portuguese-speaking community, was first held in the 17th century, to commemorate the attempted invasion of Macau by the Dutch in 1622. The festival was revived by the Macanese Association after the handover of Macau in 1999. The modern version of the festival will mark its 13th edition this year. It will have up to 40 stands selling local handicrafts and home-made food and drink from either the Macanese community or Portuguese-speaking countries. The weekend-long party includes performances by local dance and music groups, as well as by Portuguese indie group Senza.

When:  2:00pm–10:00 PM, June 22 and 23, 2019.

Where:  Calçada da Igreja de São Lázaro, St. Lazarus District, Macau.

How much:  Free admission.

For more information, check their Facebook page, call +853 2837 2252 or send an email to

Summer Fiesta at Four Seasons Macao

Summer Festa with Casa do Brasilem Macau happens on June 15, 2019. Together with Casa do Brasilem Macau, Four Seasons Macao brings a night of Brazilian Summer Festa fun to Splash! Party up with performances by Brazilian Samba dancers and DJ Julian in the house among other shows in between. Sip on special house-made caipirinha and other spirits paired with snacks packed with Brazilian flavors.

When:  June 15, 2019.

Where:  Splash, Four Seasons Macao, Estrada da Baía de NossaSenhora da Esperança, Taipa.

How much:  MOP $150 (including one food token for snack redemption)

For more information, check the event’s Facebook page, call +853 2881 8822 or send an email to

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

World Environment Day – Merchiston International School, Shenzhen

No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible. 雪崩时,没有一片雪花是无辜的。

― Stanisław Jerzy Lec

Yesterday the 48th World Environment Day (WED) was held in Hangzhou, China, with the theme ─ “Beat Air Pollution”. The expansion of the MTR and the reduction of carbon emissions will be conducted by the government in order to reduce air pollution.


World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of Mother Earth. No matter if you are a student, a teacher or a family member, everyone has the responsibility of taking action in support of this day.


As an international school, we also take responsibility for promoting the importance of environmental protection in support of this day. The Eco-Council organised by our Seniors and Eco-Warriors formed by our Juniors are both working on the environmental protection of the school.


We have taken some measures in the hope of doing our best to protect the earth.


MIS held a Climate March Day in March, which was good practice for the theme of WED 2019. This is also a meaningful attempt by the Eco-Council to raise the students’ awareness of global warming.


Through this activity, the students can gain a deeper understanding of the harm of global warming.


We help students grow vegetables in our organic garden. After harvesting, the students will sell them to parents in our eco-farm shop.


In order to avoid plastic containers, we encourage students to use their own cups. What’s more, we even plan to design our own cotton MIS reusable bags in the second half of the year.


Our students have made recycling bins themselves, and organised the recycling of used books, encouraging us to save energy.


MIS is devoted to becoming a “Green School”. We will keep promoting activities in the hope of being a model school.



Chinese Name: 深圳曼彻斯通城堡学校 

Place Address: No. 12 Shilongzai Road, Dalang Sub-district, Longhua District, Shenzhen 深圳市龙华区大浪街道石龙仔路12号(大浪时尚小镇)

Website: Merchiston International School, Shenzhen’s Website

Place Phone:  +86 400 867 0177


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Children’s Day Social Learning Special Football Festival

No running wild around shopping malls stuffing faces with ice cream and cake! No sitting in class on the weekend as normal listening to the teacher! No ‘screentime’ gaming! Instead, lots of ‘learning through doing’ at the Children’s Day Football Festival – Social Learning Special!

To celebrate the magic and diversity of children the organisers of the Football Festivals in Shenzhen decided to end the 2018-2019 season by flipping the concept of what a children’s football tournament should look like upside down in favour of more fun and social learning! Players from all 5 clubs came together on the day and were randomly mixed into new teams with 1-2 players from each team! Immediately there was a buzz in the atmosphere as the players ran around looking for their new teammates using their insta polaroid photos.  Throughout the day everywhere you looked social learning could be seen as the players adjusted to their new teammates that in previous football festivals were opponents.  The festival aimed to reduce coach input and increase player ownership. The following photos and videos help share some of the learning outcomes from the event including; decision making, problem-solving, communication in team talks, conflict resolution, creativity, adaptability, and of course lots of football!

U8 Group

U10 Group

Player feedback

Because the teams were mixed with different players and we were unfamiliar with each other I think the teams’ ability level was similar. But a team with strengths in long ball and dribbling would obviously outpower others. We played very well though we could improve in pressing. I hope the team could dribble more! –City

I was in the same team as Harry and at first, we felt the pressure that other teammates did not press forward with us, and I conceded a goal when being the goalkeeper. In the 3rd game, the team pressed but we had no defensive strength in midfield. Overall I felt like inevery game we showed improvement and we were happy in each match. –Leo

In the 1st game, we played smoothly. In the 2nd game, the long pass of the Blue Team posed a threat to our team. In the 3rd game, we adjusted our attacking strategy and achieved a good result. In the games, I reminded my teammates to find position, pass and cooperate. –Richard

In the first match, we defended, passed and created shooting opportunities with ease. In the 2nd match, we felt the difficulty increased partly because Patrick was in their team. In the third game, we could not break out of defence. City slipped and we scored! Richard had a really good shot but we couldn’t make any progress down the wings so we could only play long ball! –John

Parent feedback

Mixed up, randomly selected coaches, randomly selected teammates, awesome event! –Adams

Coach feedback

It was an amazing event! I got feedback from parents thanking us for organizing such a meaningful event that is only and truly dedicated to children. I think this is what makes YDFF special. I am truly grateful to be part of this Community of coaches. Let’s keep it going and make a difference in children’s lives as well as youth football culture in China. –Coach Jaewoan, ABLE FC

Thank you to all the players, parents and coaches that made this social learning football festival an amazing day for all to remember! We hope to continue being brave and redefining what football learning looks like in the foundation phase in next seasons Football Festivals.  

Originally published on Children’s Day Social Learning Special Football Festival

True Italian Taste – Masterclass Guangzhou, 28th May 2019

True Italian Taste – Masterclass Guangzhou, 28th May 2019

The China-Italy Chamber of Commerce (CICC) is pleased to announce that the “True Italian Taste – Masterclass Guangzhou” was successfully held in Guangzhou on Tuesday May 28th.

The event in question was part of the project “True Italian Taste” promoted and funded by the Ministry of Economic Development (MiSE) and carried out by Assocamerestero (The Association of the Italian Chambers of Commerce Worldwide) in cooperation with the Italian Chambers of Commerce abroad. “True Italian Taste” is part of the program “The Extraordinary Italian Taste”.

The event was organized to support and promote authentic Italian agricultural food products in China to differentiate them from “Italian sounding & looking” products, which are not considered to be authentic Italian.

The Masterclass provided the participants with a deep insight into authentic and certified Italian food & wine products DOP (Protected Designation of Origin) & IGP (Protected geographical Indication) in order to emphasize the unique peculiarities of Italian cuisine & wine, which is prepared from an extraordinary variety of high quality healthy raw materials with amazing flavours.

We also invited a professional Italian Chef to let the guests experience an authentic Italian cooking show using only DOP and IGP certified Italian products, creating in the process an original recipe for “Pacchero di Gragnano IGP on Taleggio IGP fondue with cherry tomato confit and basil sauce”. giving the guests the opportunity to taste a truly authentic Italian dish paired with Italian Wines.

Special thanks to the Consul General of Italy in Guangzhou, Ms. Lucia Pasqualini and the Secretary General of CICC Ms. Giulia Gallarati, for their presence during the event, and thank you to all the participants from the F&B Industry, KOL influencers, media and journalists who attended and supported the event.

We look forward to seeing you soon at other True Italian Taste events.

If you would like to learn more, please e-mail or visit our website

CICC Guangzhou Team

5 Ways to Explore Dongguan This June

With what we know about Dongguan and its “factory of the world” title, who would have thought that the Pearl River Delta city would seriously step up its game in the last decade? As a rising city, Dongguan now has more attractions and novelties than ever, offering unique and memorable experiences to those who take the opportunity. The city borders with Guangzhou and Shenzhen and humbly owns its own characters and edges, reinforced by elements such as Keyuan Garden, one of the Four Great Gardens of Guangdong.

#1: Watch Dragon Boat Lake Racing

On June 18, you can look forward to an absolute spectacle, that is, dragon boat racing. No doubt this is one of the most celebrated festivals in Dongguan, with its many village teams participating for glory throughout the whole of June. The tournament will take place at Huayang Lake in Machong Town. Not only can you enjoy the pure anticipation of the heated races, traditional dragon boat performances and festive food will also ensure a fantastic day, not to mention a mesmerizing lake view. If you have time, why not enjoy a barbecue or picnic at the lake bank?

Address: Huayang Lake Wetland Park, Zhenxing Road, Dongguan地址:东莞麻涌镇振兴路华阳湖湿地公园

#2: VisitBatou Village

A cluster of traditional villages in Wanjiang District is certainly an interesting place to visit. Nothing like you have ever seen before, this zone is an eclectic mix of old, traditional, recycled, quirky and renovated. Buildings and homes have been converted into restaurants and bars in recent years, with the old architecture still well preserved. One stands out in particular, the new “Treehouse” bar which was renovated from scratch by Nelly and Avo, a young Chinese artist couple. Truly handmade, the bar presents a cozy escapist spot, perfect for relaxing and enjoying dinner and drinks. It also serves as a gathering point and hideout for artists and alike. An artisan market is held regularly.

Address: TreeHouse, #192, Batou, Wanjiang District, Dongguan地址:东莞万江坝头192号树屋

#3: Hike Along the Coast in Humen

With tons of history, this city never stops giving. What’s even better, combining history and hiking, a group hiking trip to Weiyuan Fort in Humen will commence on June 23. HERE! Hikers, comprising of a team of community outdoors enthusiasts who meet monthly, are going to take a coastal route cutting through the Humen Sea Battle Museum. You can see the once commanding cannons now remaining undisturbed and learn more about the Opium Wars. At the same time, you’ll have the chance to meet a group of friendly locals and expats in the budding Dongguan community.

Address: Humen Beach, The Sea Battle Museum Road, Humen, Dongguan地址:东莞虎门镇海战博物馆

#4: Drink at the 4th Craft Beer Festival

One of the hottest events in Dongguan is no doubt the annual DG Craft Beer Festival, taking place every summer. This year the event will be extended by an extra day, presenting a full weekend celebration in the heart of the city. Situated in 33 Town, a cool creative park in the downtown area of Dongguan, PartyHERE! will host the occasion on June 29 and 30. Excitingly, more than ten craft beer breweries from all over China will set the scene, as well as international gourmet goodies, live music, hilarious games, and of course a photobooth to capture all of those special moments while enjoying a few ice-cold craft beers.

Address: 33 Town, #33 Dongsheng Road, Dongcheng District地址:东莞东城区东晟路33号33小镇

#5: Party in the Darkness

Shenzhen party people, attention! On June 15, in an enigmatic little spot in Dongcheng, Dongguan, a venue known as “B Quarter” will host a Black Room party. As one of its signature themes, the enticing neon lights draw onlookers in, to a party vibe that is lit like the space. With semi-regular events and all kinds of renowned artists and DJs, a night at this venue leaves you feeling pretty overwhelmed the next day, in a very good way. Not to mention waking up with the body marbling paint stuck to the pillows from the night before. This particular event on June 15 will see DJ Mary & DJ Mighty R from “LET’s GHETT” Russia, presenting their Dongguan debut that night. Get ready for some classic house music from Chicago to NYC, from England to France.

Address: #72, Yujing Walking Street, Dongcheng District地址:东莞东城愉景新时代广场72号

Contact HERE! (WeChat ID: HEREDG-Events) to hook you up with some Dongguan fun.

Special thanks to our media partner in Dongguan HERE! for the article.

Liantang Checkpoint to open in Sept

LIANTANG Checkpoint in Luohu District has passed a review and fire tests recently and will be put into service in September as scheduled.

The location of Liantang Checkpoint. SD-Agencies

The checkpoint will be put into use after its Hong Kong counterpart, Heung Yuen Wai Control Point, is completed, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported yesterday.

The operation of the new border checkpoint will further promote the connectivity of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the report said.

One of the key cooperation links between Shenzhen and Hong Kong, Liantang Checkpoint is located at the southwest corner of Liantang Subdistrict, facing Luosha Road to the north and the Shenzhen River to the south.

The checkpoint occupies an area of 17.4 hectares and consists of four parts, namely the building for traveler inspection, the inspection spot for trucks, a cross-border bridge and the administration offices.

The checkpoint has a floor space of 149,000 square meters. There are a total of 23 inspection lanes for people including nine e-lanes, two car lanes, one bus and coach lane, and six truck lanes. The Liantang Checkpoint will be able to handle 30,000 people, 2,000 cars, 850 buses and coaches, and 15,000 trucks a day, according to the report.

The interior of Liantang Checkpoint. Photos from

After completion, Heung Yuen Wai Control Point will also be the first checkpoint in Hong Kong to allow motorists to park their cars with Hong Kong license plates at a restricted area near the control point.


At present, many major projects on the Shenzhen side have been accomplished, except for a handful of landscaping and follow-up modification projects, while the construction of the roads connecting Heung Yuen Wai Control Point in Hong Kong has been finished and its whole project is set to be finalized soon, the report said. 

Special thanks to Shenzhen Daily for allowing us to republish.

Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Songgang Will Open in June 2019

Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Songgang will open in June 2019. It is invested by MJH Group and managed by Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), who is one of the world’s leading hotel companies.

Hotel Exterior

Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Songgang is located in Bao’an district of Shenzhen, next to the International Art Exhibition Center (IDAC). It only takes a few minutes to drive from the subway station, 10 minutes to the center of Songgang , 30 minutes to the Bao’an International Airport, and 40 minutes to the Waterland Resorts and the Fenghuangshan Forest Park.

International Art Exhibition Center (IDAC)

Hotel features 217 guest rooms with a modern and simple style. It only provides professional services for meeting the guest’s needs. With over 30 fresh dishes at breakfast, high-quality and comfortable bedding, complimentary internet access and a full set of quality amenities, to ensure guests can have a refreshing experience and rejuvenate for a new day. 

Hotel has two function rooms. The fitness room with state-of-the-art exercise equipment and a self-service laundry room. Guests can relax and enjoy the safe, comfortable, and convenient experience in the hotel for both business and leisure.

Function Room

Holiday Inn Express is the largest and the most rapidly developing middle-end business hotel brand subordinate to IHG. Holiday Inn Express is already over the world and provides an easy and smart travel experience for business and leisure travelers. By the end of the first quarter of 2019, Holiday Inn Express posses over 2700 hotels and 142 hotels in Greater China.

Name: 深圳松岗智选假日酒店 Holiday Inn Express Shenzhen Songgang

Add: 深圳市宝安区松岗街道沙浦社区艺展商务大厦101  101 Yizhan Business Building,Shapu Community Of Songgang Street, Baoan District, Shenzhen

T: +86 0755 8360 6888

TF: 400 884 0888  


The 1st International Women’s Soccer Tournament

Group Photo

On the weekend of May 17 to 19, what had started as a simple idea between three members of the Shenzhen Red Star Football Club became a reality when the 1st International Women’s Soccer Tournament was held in Shenzhen.

Mulan A vs Show Di Bola

As the hot spring sun beat down on the fields at Soccer World in Shuiwan, women from all over the world competed. They fought for every tackle and chased down every ball, as well as got to know each other when bonding between games.

Shenzhen Red Star FC vs Shanghai Women’s International FC

The tournament was made possible thanks to the support of the team’s sponsors, The Terrace and Echo Water. These generous donors value women’s sports and understand the importance of supporting local teams. In 2018, they joined forces with local soccer team Shenzhen Red StarFC and became the major sponsors for the 1st International Women’s Soccer Tournament.

Mulan A vs Mulan B

Eight teams from Shanghai, Xiamen, Macao, and Shenzhen participated. Over the course of two days, more than 90 players from countries from all over the world joined together in their passion to play soccer.

Shanghai Women’s International FC vs Xiamen International

The winners were the Shanghai Women’s International Football Club A, the runners up were local team Mulan, and third place went to Shenzhen Red Star FC.

1st Place – Shanghai Women’s International FC
2nd Place – Mulan A
3rd Place Shenzhen Red Star FC

The event was such a success that the organizer and sponsors have already teamed up and started to organize next year’s edition. See you all next year in May 2020. In the meantime, Shenzhen Red Star FC will be heading to Thailand in November for the Phuket 7-a-side International Tournament.

If you would like to know more about Shenzhen Red Star FC please contact Laura @ or add her WeChat ID: crtslaura

Managers of Shenzhen Red Star FC

Kelly Diaz


Semi-professional player in Colombia

Professional futsal referee

Stephanie L


Played in ARSSO in Quebec

Laura Cortes

Goal Keeper

Played for Tec de Monterrey University in Mexico

The Terrace

Established in 2005, The Terrace has become famous in the Shenzhen area for its delicious Thai and Western cuisine and amazing live music. Over the years, The Terrace has consistently won That’s PRD’s Reader’s Choice awards for best bar/club, live music, and events and is a must-see destination for those traveling through Shenzhen. Combined with a scenic view of Sea World, an outstanding selection of spirits and cocktails, and everything from snacks to main courses, The Terrace is the perfect spot to kick back, let your hair down, and enjoy one of Southeast Asia’s top entertainment venues.

We also would like to give a special thanks to our media partner Shenzhen Party.

Shenzhen University – more than just a place of learning

Now when one thinks of a university, relaxation and nature are perhaps not the two words that come to mind. However, as is so often the case with all things China, things are different here.  I’ve been to many universities over China from Beijing to Guangzhou, and the common theme among them is big, and Shenzhen University is no exception to this.  I remember being awed at the size of it, especially compared to universities back in my home county of England.

Large lake as part of the university grounds

 Now of course Shenzhen University is primarily a place for study, and it has a large student base of both Chinese and international students.  As you walk around you will see students from all walks of life buzzing around going from class to class both on foot and by bike.   But Shenzhen University is also a GREAT place to walk around and explore.  It’s almost a scenic spot in itself.  With its ample grounds, beautiful nature and abundant space it’s the perfect place for a walk to clear your head and relax in the big city. 

Lots of greenery

The focal point of the ground is the large lake, this is a perfect spot to sit and people watch, or you can feed the ducks.  Its nice to walk around and soak up some sunshine and nature, forgetting you’re actually in the middle of a big busy city.   There is also a shady path you can walk on, which has many flowers and fruit trees around you, many of the old buildings and departments are also dotted around too.

Lots of nature around you

 A hidden gem of these grounds is undoubtedly the greenhouse.  Full of tropical plants and flowers it’s a visual treat for the eyes.  You can just walk in, take photos or just simply have a look.  The grounds are open to the public.

Greenhouse of tropical plants

You can walk around at your leisure, but if you didn’t want to, there are golf cart shuttles running every few mins in all directions.  Just hop on and off at the designated signposted stops.  The campus grounds are like a small town in itself with a bank, shops, restaurants, milk tea stores and so much more so you won’t go hungry or thirsty here.    To get here you can take any number of gates/entrances either from Shenzhen University metro or from Taoyuan metro depending on what is easier for you. 

Time 1-2 hours.  For nature lovers, peace and quiet seekers. 

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Place Name & Address: Shenzhen University, 3688 Nanhai Ave, Nanshan District, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区南海大道3688号深圳大学

World Famous Art village in Shenzhen

Now Guanlan may not be on any bodies list as a must visit in Shenzhen, but that needs to change because Guanlan actually has a lot to offer any intrepid explorer, history buff or art fanatic.  Nestled away in a sleepy (but fast developing) part of the city is the Guanlan Print village and museum.  This Hakka style village houses some of the worlds most renowned printmakers and is truly a hub of international printmaking.  This place may be relatively unknown generally but in the printmaking field it really is world famous, and its right on our doorstep!

So what is printmaking?

Print making tools

Printmaking: widely celebrated for bringing about a much-needed democratisation of art, Printmaking allows the creation of multiple artworks by reproducing paintings or drawings onto paper. This can be done in any manner of ways; by cutting into wood, lino or metal and then inking it, or by drawing directly onto stone.  These artworks are usually produced in a limited edition and then sold at a more affordable price than original paintings, but can be widely distributed or exhibited, making them an attractive option for many artists and also for first time art buyers. Nowadays, Printmaking has evolved from merely a method of reproducing drawings to become a celebrated artwork in its own right, with much scope for creative experimentation and innovation within each technique.

Guanlan Print Museum

Modern museum

Tucked away amongst abandoned factories, and sleepy streets lies a huge futuristic building that nobody seems to know is there. Covering an area of 17,600sqm this place is gigantic, even by Shenzhen standards.  With a huge roof, monolithic entrance and an abundance of natural light this is a standout building.  For a moment you might think you had gone to the CBD area of Futian.  Its an incredibly photogenic piece of architecture and one that deserves to get more visitors.  The eerie lack of people makes this an even more surreal experience, and when I visited on a Monday I was the only visitor there.  The lack of people may mean that things like the bookstore and café may not be open as was in my case.  The museum has 5 floors, with printmaking being the obvious theme.  There various different types of printmaking were on display from artists all over the world.  Unfortunately, there is a complete lack of English so if you’re hoping to learn while you are here, you’re better off looking on Baidu before you come. 

Street art at Niu Hu

A short walk from the museum is the new (niu hu) art space, think OCT Loft crossed with Nantou but on a microcosm scale. Historical buildings with splashes of colour and creativity makes for a pleasant walk and interesting diversion.  Its small enough and can be added to the day without too much of a time diversion. 

Hakka houses

Last but not least, the star attraction of Guanlan. The Printmaking village. Initiated in 2006 and officially open to the public in May, 2008, the printmaking base covers a planned area of 1.4 million square meters and a core area of 316,000 square meters. Restored from ancient Hakka dwellings with more than 300 hundred years of history, the printmaking base is a comprehensive project integrating print creation, printmaking, exhibition, collection, communication, academic research and industrial development which combines both printmaking undertaking and industry. Guanlan Original Printmaking Base is the first choice for artists where they can concentrate on their creation. The houses are Hakka style buildings and will be a familiar site to most Shenzhen explorers. They are very well preserved and give an authentic feel to this ancient tradition.

Well preserved architecture
Picturesque area

 Unfortunately, one cannot enter the buildings as they are private residencies, but they give a good idea of what life must have been like a century or 2 ago. It would be nice to view the artists in full flow, but again it’s a working studio and workshop, so this can only be done through a glass barrier.  If you want some downtime the bookshop serves decent coffee and is very comfortable to sit and catch your breath.   Possibly the most appealing part of this area are the wide-open spaces, fresh air and natural beauty. Something that can be missed in the urban jungle of downtown Shenzhen. With fruit and vegetable fields aplenty, you can find your inner farmer or just dabble at green fingers. You can pick the produce and pay by weight.

Natural surroundings

I highly recommend visiting this area. They are all within easy walking distance of each other. I suggest starting at the museum and ending at the village. You can do this in a day or even stay overnight at a hotel such as the Hard Rock Hotel or Mission Hills which are nearby.

How to get here

This can be a bit of a chore and as with everything you have multiple ways to get here.

Go to Qinghu metro station (line 4) then you can take a taxi or didi to (菠萝岭路口站).

Alternatively get the tram from exit A until the last stop. Then get bus number m285  to Weichong Factory.

Or From Qinghu bus numbers M339/M338 to the nearest stop being (菠萝岭路口站). You can also take bus number 312 bus from Luohu Railway Station.

Time 8 hours including transport

Address : Guanlan Original Printmaking Base, Bao’an District, Shenzhen

The museum is open 9am-5pm Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesday)

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China Tea Leaves trips Summer 2019

“Ready to travel to the China you have been dreaming of? China Tea Leaves is here with countryside jaunts, seaside escapes, hiking adventures and more, all starting from Shenzhen, going on through the summer. All trips are organized and run by Greta Bilek, American in Shenzhen for over 6 years. More info about our trips and approach to travel at Thanks to Shenzhen Party for promoting as media partner. See the offerings below and add Greta on WeChat to find out more.”

Zhuhai June 7 (Dragon Boat Festival)

Beach or mountain? Zhuhai treats you to both and much more, in a one day jaunt from Shenzhen.

We’ll start out by taking the ferry from Shekou to Zhuhai. From there, we’ll use public transportation to tour around some of Zhuhai’s top sights.

We’ll walk along the Lover’s Road, with swaying palms above and the delta’s lapping waters stretching out to the horizon. We’ll visit the symbol of the city, the Fisher Girl, standing stately in the waves of the delta, and her lover the Fisher Boy, who looks on from the top of Jingshan Park, a small mountain park. After lunch at a nearby restaurant, we’ll have the option of free time on the beach or heading to a historical curiosity of Zhuhai, the recreated Old Summer Palace of Beijing.  (Adult: 405RMB/Child: 245RMB)

Macau June 11 (Tuesday)

Beyond the glittering lights and tourist-flooded streets, you can discover another side of Macau. Ornate temples wafting with incense, traditional bakeries, craftsman’s studios, and chapels and shrines with curious history can be found if you take the time to explore this tiny city’s winding alleys. 

On this insider tour of Macau, we’ll see a relic of a Christian saint, a secret garden inside a public library, the most beautiful black-and-white mosaic street in Macau, and a temple dedicated to the snake goddess held to be creator of the Chinese universe. In the afternoon we’ll stop by a cozy wine bar for a glass of Portuguese wine. After the end of the tour, you can stay on in Macau to enjoy its nightlife and fine dining. (Adult: 550RMB/Child: 280RMB)

Watertown June 15 (Saturday)

You don’t have to travel to Suzhou and Shanghai to see the Venice of China, since we have such a quaint village right in our backyard across the Pearl River Delta.

On this day trip, we’ll head by private shuttle bus to the outer villages of Shunde district, part of Foshan city, famous for Cantonese culture and culinary excellence.

We will experience the landscape and lifestyle of two water towns, where shaded streets line the water ways connecting the many rivers of the region. Locals still base their lives around the central clan house and a relaxed game of Chinese chess. Simple dumplings and fisherman’s noodles make up lunch, and in foodie town Shunde, local desserts and sampling the tasty snacks are a must. Round out your day by hiring a boat to paddle you around the canals.  (Adult: 330RMB/Child: 235RMB)

Dapeng June 18 (Tuesday)

Shenzhen has its own share of distinctive destinations, prime of which is its eastern bookend of Dapeng Ancient Fortress. Dapeng is a fortified village that dates back to the Ming dynasty, predating the urbanization of Shenzhen, and was in charge of controlling pirates off the coast of China. Today it still retains many narrow alleys to walk, with people living a quiet life in the village and shops selling traditional foods and gifts.

First we’ll visit a grand Buddhist temple with a history equal to the neighboring fortress, under the misty hills which ancient cartographers first marked this area for. After touring the streets and homes of the generals inside the fortress, we’ll head to the beachside town of Jiaochangwei. Now it takes the form of a young Chinese surf town, with many restaurants, cafes, and hostels in its colorful blocks. There we’ll enjoy lunch and some free time on the beach.  (Adult: 200RMB/Child: 150RMB)

(alternative Watertown)

Guizhou June 22-24 (Weekend)

One of the most beautiful villages in China, hiking, rice terraces, minority culture…all on a quick trip from Shenzhen? Yes, and you can come join an easy escape to the smoke ringed mountains of Guizhou province.

We will be whisked away by high speed train to southeast Guizhou province, known as Qiandongnan, an autonomous region of the Miao and Dong minorities. This trip will focus on the area of Congjiang, where we will encounter one of the most beautiful villages in all of China. 

We’ll stroll the charming village, crossing covered bridges and ducking under drum towers rising out of the tangle of the hidden village. The town’s museums will also inform about the local Dong culture, their grand song tradition, and textile arts. On the second day, we will journey up the valley to a neighboring village for a view over the rice terraces, and hike back through the misty fields and other village clusters. With a third day (Monday), we can visit yet another area, a Miao village that has kept its unique customs since the Qing dynasty. It is also possible to attend only day one and two of this trip and return to Shenzhen on Sunday.   (Adult: 1680RMB/Child: 980RMB) 

Kaiping July 6 (Saturday)

Come with China Tea Leaves to Kaiping (开平), for a one day getaway to a place with stunning architecture and pleasant villages, not far from Shenzhen. 

Kaiping is part of the five counties known as the hometown of overseas Chinese. It is also the home of diaolou (碉楼), a unique building type that acted as a fortress, watchtower, and clan house. Thousands of diaolou are sprinkled throughout Kaiping’s districts, often rising seven, eight, or nine stories from low-lying villages. These architectural wonders combine elements of vernacular buildings with Western designs the overseas Chinese encountered abroad. This building phenomenon put Kaiping on the map as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site, and makes it a must-see in Guangdong province today. We will visit three of the UNESCO listed sites, all fantastic scenes with villas and castles sprouting out of the rice fields.  (Adult: 545RMB/Child: 295RMB)

Zhuhai Bridge and Tai O July 9 (Tuesday)

Come experience a modern marvel of China, the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge, and see the Pearl River Delta from the cutting edge to the traditional, a snapshot of China in one seaside adventure.

One of the main features of this trip will be to cross the new Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. This mega structure is 55 kilometers in total length, and is now the longest sea crossing in the world. This is one of the greatest engineering feats of our time, and it is right in our backyard!

We will travel by official bridge shuttle from Zhuhai to Hong Kong. After we arrive in Tung Chung Hong Kong, we will journey on to Tai O, the quintessential fishing village of Hong Kong. Scarcely a kilometer away from the modern marvel of the HZM Bridge lies this quiet port, where life in many corners has not changed for centuries. Wander amongst the fisherman’s houses teetering on stilts over the water. We will also take a short cruise to get a closer look at the stilt houses and venture out into the bay in search of the famous pink dolphins of this side of Hong Kong. Head back to Tung Chung for dinner or stay on for a sunset drink over Tai O’s quiet bay.  (Adult: 458RMB/Child: 328RMB)

Watertown July 13 (Saturday)

You don’t have to travel to Suzhou and Shanghai to see the Venice of China, since we have such a quaint village right in our backyard across the Pearl River Delta.

On this day trip, we’ll head by private shuttle bus to the outer villages of Shunde district, part of Foshan city, famous for Cantonese culture and culinary excellence.

We will experience the landscape and lifestyle of two water towns, where shaded streets line the water ways connecting the many rivers of the region. Locals still base their lives around the central clan house and a relaxed game of Chinese chess. Simple dumplings and fisherman’s noodles make up lunch, and in foodie town Shunde, local desserts and sampling the tasty snacks are a must. Round out your day by hiring a boat to paddle you around the canals. (Adult: 330RMB/Child: 235RMB)

Dapeng July 16 (Tuesday)

Shenzhen has its own share of distinctive destinations, prime of which is its eastern bookend of Dapeng Ancient Fortress. Dapeng is a fortified village that dates back to the Ming dynasty, predating the urbanization of Shenzhen, and was in charge of controlling pirates off the coast of China. Today it still retains many narrow alleys to walk, with people living a quiet life in the village and shops selling traditional foods and gifts.

First we’ll visit a grand Buddhist temple with a history equal to the neighboring fortress, under the misty hills which ancient cartographers first marked this area for. After touring the streets and homes of the generals inside the fortress, we’ll head to the beachside town of Jiaochangwei. Now it takes the form of a young Chinese surf town, with many restaurants, cafes, and hostels in its colorful blocks. There we’ll enjoy lunch and some free time on the beach.  (Adult: 200RMB/Child: 150RMB)

Yunnan Mushrooms July 24-28

Yunnan in summer is wet with dew and rain, but it is the perfect playground to discover all the wonderful things coming to life in its hills and valleys! This five day tour celebrates the mighty mushroom, and all the many varieties which can be found in Yunnan province. Yunnan is wonderfully biodiverse, with microclimates, forests, and mountains harboring thousands of flora and fauna not found anywhere else on earth, including many, many varieties of mushrooms.

We will visit the regions of Shaxi, and Shuhe of the Lijiang area. Both were important trading towns on the ancient Tea Horse Road running between Burma and Tibet through Yunnan province. The town markets in July will be brimming with local fruit, nuts, and of course funghi of all kinds, just brought in from the wild mountainsides. Take a custom mushroom foraging tour, and immerse yourself in Bai style cooking and Naxi courtyards back in the villages. Massive mountains, grand temples, fields of green and gold—Yunnan’s treats will have you coming back for more.  (Adult: 3808RMB plus airfare/Child: price on request)

Foshan August 3 (Saturday)

Come on a day trip to see Foshan, the colorful hometown of Cantonese traditions! Enjoy a day out to learn about kung fu, lion dancing, ancient ceramics and traditional culture.

On this day trip, first we will visit the Nanfeng Ancient Kiln, a ceramics kiln that has been in continuous operation since the Ming dynasty, for over 500 years. From here, we’ll head to lunch in Lingnan Tiandi, a historic district developed with many restaurants and quaint cafes.

After lunch, we will explore the Ancestral Temple, which has been a central part of Foshan people’s religion for centuries. The highlight of the day is the heart-pumping kung fu and lion dance demonstration. And don’t miss the heart of the Ancestral Temple, the ornate halls of Beidi, the northern emperor god, to whom locals pray to watch over Foshan. A day in Foshan is a must when living in Guangdong province!  (Adult: 360RMB/Child: 270RMB)

Note: posted prices typically are all inclusive: transportation, meals, guide, tickets. Contact Greta for exact details for each trip and for information about partner discounts.

Custom Travel Planning

Besides joining the set date group trips above, I can also offer custom plans for your group to many destinations throughout China. I draw on my own experience and resources to create a plan tailored to your group, interests, and timeframe, whether you are a couple wanting to get away from the city for a weekend, or a family coming to the Middle Kingdom from abroad for a two week adventure. I am able to coordinate and arrange everything in advance, providing you with maps and illustrated guides so that your experience is as smooth and informative as a guided tour, even if I am not with you. I have arranged for custom travel to Guilin, Yangshuo, Yunnan, Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Chengdu, Hangzhou, and Zhangjiajie, plus even more destinations available – just let me know what you’d like to see in China!

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BEST Archery: Master the Ancient Art of Archery in Nanshan

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 archery.

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


Tel: (755) 2161 3780

Opening Hours: 10am—10pm daily


The Langham, Shenzhen’s Chinese Executive Chef Lai Man Kong Brings All-new Menu to T’ang Court

Chinese Executive Chef Mr Lai Man Kong 中餐行政总厨 黎敏刚

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 stir-fired.

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 spinach.

For decades, Chef Lai has indulged food lovers with Cantonese cuisine creations that innovate on classic recipes without compromising their traditional values.

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.

Traditional Steamed Grouper 古法蟠龙东星斑
Prawns with Asparagus 玉簪玻璃虾球
Rice with Abalone Wrapped in Lotus Leaf 鲍鱼荷叶饭
Cantonese Dim Sums

Place Name:  唐阁 T’ang Court

Place Address:  Level 3, The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 深圳市福田区深南大道7888号, 深圳东海朗廷酒店, 3层

Website:  T’ang Court’s Website

Place Phone:  86 (755) 8828 9888 ext.8923


Roads Lead to Rome: Shenzhen to Rome Route to Open Soon

All Roads Lead to Rome: Shenzhen to Rome Route to Open Soon | 条条大路通罗马:深圳将开通深圳=罗马航线

On 30th May 2019, Hainan Airlines will launch a new direct route from Shenzhen to Rome, two flights per week (Thursdays and Sundays) carried by Boeing 787 aircraft.


The minimum price of economy class for outbound flights will start from 1,000 yuan/pax – taxes not included – and for inbound flights will start from 200 euro /pax.

条条大路通罗马:深圳将开通深圳=罗马航线 | All Roads Lead to Rome: Shenzhen to Rome Route to Open Soon
All Roads Lead to Rome: Shenzhen to Rome Route to Open Soon | 条条大路通罗马:深圳将开通深圳=罗马航线

Passengers can purchase tickets by calling Hainan Airlines Customer Service Hotline 95339 or logging on Hainan Airlines official website.



Hainan Airlines has already achieved 25 years of safe operations, with a fleet mainly composed of Boeing 737s and 787s as well as Airbus 330s and 350s.


条条大路通罗马:深圳将开通深圳=罗马航线 | All Roads Lead to Rome: Shenzhen to Rome Route to Open Soon
All Roads Lead to Rome: Shenzhen to Rome Route to Open Soon | 条条大路通罗马:深圳将开通深圳=罗马航线

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.


Source/来源 : italycgguangzhou

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GREEN OASIS SCHOOL – An Accredited Council of International School

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:

“授予城市绿洲学校CIS认证,认可其在国际教育专业的表现达到高水准,并且不断完善自我 。”认证结果显示:

  • Is devoted to its mission and vision for students
  • 尽心尽力投入于学校的使命和愿景
  • Has thought deeply about the services it offers to students, family and community.
  • 对学生、家庭和集体提供的服务有深刻的思考
  • Invests the time and resources for validation from a globally-recognized accreditation authority
  • 投入时间和资源进行全球权威机构的认证
  • Focuses on the quality of teaching, student learning, as well as student safeguarding and well-being
  • 注重教学质量、学生学习、以及学生的安全和福祉
  • Is committed to the development of the students’ global citizenship
  • 致力于培养学生的全球公民意识
  • Has a suitable philosophy of education suitable for its students
  • 提供适合学生的教育理念
  • Promises only what it can deliver
  • 言出必行
  • Is open to regular evaluation by its own school community and peer evaluators
  • 学校集体和同侪之间进行定期评估
  • Constantly seeks improvement in all areas of the school plans strategically for the future.
  • 在学校未来战略规划的所有方面不断寻求改进

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. 


A final thank you to everyone who has been part of this journey – WE DID IT!!!!


Helen Swan


海伦. 斯万


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Chinese Name: Green Oasis School Shenzhen 深圳市福田区城市绿洲学校

Place Address: No 4030, Shennan Middle Road, Tianmian, Futian District, Shenzhen 广东省深圳市福田区田面村深南中路4030号

Website:Green Oasis School’s Website

Place Phone: +86 (755) 8395 9000