Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai & Dive For Love to Run Family Day CSR Activities in Shenzhen


The Corporate Social Responsibility activity “No Plastic, Dive4Love” family day, organized by Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai and NGO Dive4Love, involves almost 30 family volunteers from online recruitment and targeted invitation of VIP customers. All the family volunteers had acknowledged the information on whale protection, harms from plastic product to ocean, as well as the profound importance and meaning for us to protect the ocean.


In the diving training, the professional diving trainers had taught kids on warm up exercise, how to wear dive equipment, diving skills, as well as simulation of watching corals in the water. On the other hand, an invited fisherman was teaching kids on how to re-make a used fishing net into useful net, to make it sustainable and green for the environment.

Hilton Group advocates all the Hilton hotels to take part in “No Plastic” initiative all over the world, hotel representative explained, we believe that through partnerships like Dive4Love, we can achieve significant social impact. We thank both companies for getting involved, and we will definitely invite more people to join us in the future.

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai

Ideally located in the core area of Shenzhen’s western coastal city belt, the Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai hotel faces Shenzhen Bay on the west, takes only 5 minutes to reach Shekou Ferry Terminal metro station and 15 minutes’ drive to Shekou Cruise Centre, offering easy access to Hong Kong International Airport in 30 minutes. Guest can also easily reach Hong Kong Central, Macau and Zhuhai via one hour ferry transfers. Locates in an established, expatriate-friendly international community near many shopping and leisure options, guests could go to V&A museum, historical attractions for leisure and relaxation.


Dive4Love is a coral conservation NGO that initiated by Duyouhike, under the support of Dapeng New District Administration Committee, who concentrates on promoting coral reef ecosystem recovery around Dapeng Bay and Daya Bay. With underwater practices, science educations as well as advertising and demonstration to the public, we are also trying to promote cross-border cooperation between the general public, enterprises, government and different social organizations, which eventually will prevent the society from excessive exploitation of the ocean and provide an appropriate environment for coral reef ecosystem.

After 7 years’ explorations and practices, taking “Planting Coral, Inspiring People” as slogan, we have set up two major charity campaigns: Dive4Love Coral Conservation and Dive4Love Lectures. By doing so, we’re aiming to achieve one of the world renowned coral conservation platforms in 2022.




浮潜培训活动中,专业的浮潜教练向小朋友传授如何进行浮潜前的热身运动、如何穿着浮潜装备、浮潜的基本技巧、并模拟在水中观看珊瑚作业的情形; 同时,在另外一侧酒店草坪区域,一位特邀的专业渔民叔叔正在教小朋友们如何将废弃的渔网编制成网兜,使之可以再次利用,变废为宝。







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

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge To Open Next Tuesday

Video from:South China Morning Post 

It’s set to become the world’s longest sea crossing, completely revolutionize the way people travel between Macau and Hong Kong, and be a giant step forward in the government’s Greater Bay area project, but the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZMB) has been a long time coming. Despite some delays and controversy, the bridge is set to open next Tuesday. Shenzhen Party went to work to discover the details about the seemingly imminent unveiling.

What is the bridge?

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, or HKZMB for short, is a sea crossing that links the Mainland China via Zhuhai with Macau and Hong Kong. The bridge stretches a whopping 55 kilometers (34 miles), making it the longest sea crossing in the world.

The HKZMB has been plagued by its fair share of issues over the years. It was originally meant to be opened by 2016, but a series of controversies involving accidents on the bridge, overspending of budgets, and investigations into corruption has caused it to be delayed until now. But when looking past the setbacks, it’s exciting to see the new opportunities the bridge will bring to the region.

Previously, travelers had to take the ferry to travel directly between Hong Kong and Zhuhai or Macau, or travel indirectly by vehicle north through Shenzhen, across the Pearl River Delta, and south again. Now, with the opening of the HKZMB, travelers can travel directly by car, taxi, or bus. The impact of this cannot be overstated.

Travel times are about to be reduced massively. While before it would take 3 to 4 hours to travel by car from Macau or Zhuhai to Hong Kong, with the HKZMB it will only take 30 minutes.

Also, the HKZMB is open 24 hours. Unlike a number of the other borders between Hong Kong and Mainland China, travelers are free to cross whenever they need.

Interestingly, and perhaps most importantly, the bridge is cheaper than taking a ferry. Speaking of which…

How much does it cost?

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge Authority recently released information on the toll prices for the sea crossing. More information is inspected once the bridge is officially opened and it should be noted that the information is still subject to change.

Vehicle type Cost (per vehicle)
Shuttle Bus RMB300
Cross-Border Coach RMB200
Car/Taxi RMB150
Cargo Truck RMB115
Ordinary Truck RMB60

When is it opening?

Now, that has been the million (Hong Kong) dollar question for the past couple of years.

The bridge was meant to open back in 2016, but there have been several setbacks that have seen the project delayed until now. We’ve heard rough dates for the opening before, only to be disappointed later.

But this time seems to be different, with the government confirming a set opening date of Tuesday October 23rd. Check back regularly with Shenzhen Party for more news when the bridge opens and also tips on how to use the bridge.

All Photos from: http://www.hzmb.org; http://www.hzmb.hk/ 

My Shenzhen Mission: Bringing ‘Tech’ to ‘non-Technicals’

Hi, I am Markey Tan and this is my story of how I came to start a coding bootcamp in Shenzhen.

It started just like how it starts for so many others out there. I went to university to study the subjects of my choosing; political science and international relations, all the while increasingly getting conscious of the problems around me and constantly coming up with the ideas to solve them.

By the time I graduated, I was all stoked and couldn’t wait to entrepreneur the crap out of my ideas. Only to realize that ideas, no matter how good and enthusiasm can only take you so far and what I needed was business skills. So, I did what every fresh out of the university, aspiring entrepreneur does: I went to business school.

I chose to do my masters in business management at the Peking University in Shenzhen. I couldn’t have chosen a better city to study in.

Shenzhen was a dream come true for my entrepreneurial mind that by now was brimming with ideas. Plus, it comes to the era that all devices can be connected with the Internet. Then Shenzhen must be the place!

With its ever-growing international community, a strong spirit of entrepreneurship and all sort of resources available at my fingertips, I was sure to be able to launch my project in no time but even though I had a clear business plan and knew all that I needed to know or so I thought, I still found myself on the outside of things looking in.

My year 2017 would be spent working as a co-founder of China Channel. In the process, I really had a blast setting up large-scale events related to China Digital Marketing. I was using Tencent WeChat to its full extent every day for growth, management, and communications.

It was there, among some of the most brilliant entrepreneurial and business minds that I realized what I had been missing in my arsenal: technical skills.

Too often, I had an idea for a product or a service. I had done my research and it was most definitely needed. I had a business model, I had a marketing plan, I had projections, and everything else, except a way to talk to my tech team. They spoke a language, I didn’t understand and I couldn’t clearly relay what I was looking for. Even though I had complete confidence in their capabilities, I felt alienated throughout the design process. I was once again on the outside of things. How could I call it my product when I didn’t know anything about its inner workings?

CHina CHat is the largest international Chinese Digital Marketing conference in the World

It was now clear to me why so many genius ideas remain just that, Ideas. The lack of technical know-how in the business minds keeps them from realizing their dream projects.

I decided to tackle this technical difficulty head-on by going back to school to learn to code, as if the universe was waiting for me to make this decision; I meet Thibault of Le Wagon China.

He told me what he does, I told him what all I wanted to do, long story short, instead of spending what could possibly have been years, I am on way to a 9-weeks coding bootcamp.

Le Wagon batch #151 in Chengdu, West China

Why did I or should anyone else join the Le Wagon coding bootcamp?

First of all, isn’t it better to test the waters by joining a 9-weeks program before plunging headfirst into what can be at the least a year-long course, only to realize it is not something for you and dropping out mid-semester?

Second and I know this through experience, Le Wagon coding bootcamps are not designed to beat the coding into you but to ease you into the world of computer languages and programming so that after the camp, you can choose whether you want to continue learning or if you’ve learned all that you needed.

Third, and this was the reason that I joined the bootcamp, wouldn’t it be nice if you can be more involved in the actual realization of your brain-child and be able to understand what your technical team is talking about at your next staff meeting? It’s not for no reason that Bill Gates dropped out of pre-law and chose computer science. Also to myself, I always came up with the idea. Then this is perfect for me to just make it come true with Le Wagon tools that I’ve learned within 9 weeks.

And last but not the least, you will be learning in a friendly, non-classroom environment from highly skilled, seasoned, coders who won’t only give you theoretical knowledge but teach you how to implement it.

Back to my story. We fast forward to 9 weeks later. I am done with the Le Wagon bootcamp and was I glad that I went. Not only did I learn a programming language, albeit basic (hey, it was a big deal for someone with a non-technical background like me), my fear of all things programming related is gone! Now, I can continue learning on my own with the help of the books that didn’t even dare look at the cover of.

And, the cherry on top of this awesome sundae is that now I am more involved in my projects and can understand when my developers tell me that there is a ‘technical problem’ and not just stare him blankly in the face as they go on explaining it.

Who should attend Le Wagon coding bootcamp?

Everyone! In this day and age when programming is fast becoming the most widely spoken language of the world, it doesn’t matter whether you are a student, entrepreneur, salesman, marketing specialist, financial consultant or English teacher… You got to know the what, how and why of those dozens of applications and smart gadgets you are using. Especially if you are living in China.

Now that you are all excited to give it a try, where can you attend a Le Wagon bootcamp?

Le Wagon is currently present in 29 cities across the globe and as I couldn’t keep the benefit of this mind-blowing program to myself, I have decided to bring Le Wagon to Shenzhen!

Why Shenzhen?

If not here then where? Shenzhen boasts and for no small reasons, its new-found status of being the tech and gadget capital of China. It is home to some of the biggest tech giants like Tencent, Huawei, DJI, BYD and ZTE of our time.

In just 40 years, what was a fisherman’s village has gone from being the hardware manufacturing city to now quickly becoming the tech capital of the country.

With its strategically superior location in Greater Bay Area, manufacturing facilities, diverse international culture, Shenzhen is where the startup dreams come true.

Despite attracting a vast entrepreneurial crowd, there is one major problem.

The talent pool in Shenzhen is divided into two groups, one with genius ideas and the other with technical skills to turn it into reality.

Because of the communication gap, one can’t explain to the other what it is that they want in their product or if it is at all possible.

So even when the two are able to come together, the outcome is most of the times, less than satisfactory or not all what they initially hoped and planned for. As a result, most startups don’t even get to see the light of day and die out during the execution and, the ones that do get launched, their life is short lived.

With Le Wagon coding bootcamp, I wish to bridge that gap in knowledge and communication in tech in Shenzhen.

So, if you are someone who has a business idea but don’t know how to go about executing it, a young professional who wants to get a taste of programming or a senior executive in a tech company. Le Wagon Shenzhen is now here for you.

The Mission in Shenzhen

We are really excited about working with the young business minds, seasoned professionals and entrepreneurs of Shenzhen to bridge the gap between techs and non-techs. Our passionate programming teachers are eager to share their knowledge with anyone and everyone willing to make a step to help themselves.

A community empowered with knowledge will make for a better, stronger Shenzhen.

If you are in Shenzhen and would like to know more about our mission, contact me!

👉 markey@lewagon.org

For more: https://medium.com/le-wagon/shenzhen-mission-bringing-tech-to-non-technicals-d5aceb497925

Marriott International Held 2018 ‘Run to Give’ Charity Run in Greater China Region

2018 ‘Run to Give’ 万豪国际集团大中华区慈善跑华南区深圳及惠州分会

筹善款逾人民币14万元 支持微笑行动救助中国唇腭裂患儿

Marriott International held 2018 ‘Run to Give’ in Greater China region

Shenzhen & Huizhou sub council raising RMB 141,007.43

for Operation Smile to support Chinese children with cleft conditions

万豪国际集团大中华区2018 ‘Run to Give’ 慈善跑于9月16日圆满落幕, 超过7,450名万豪员工加入跑步行列,为唇腭裂患儿“跑出微笑”。此次慈善跑由290间万豪旗下酒店在全国60个城市同时举行。活动共筹得善款逾人民币120万元,将全部捐赠予微笑行动 (Operation Smile),用于救助中国唇腭裂患儿。

Marriott International held 2018 ‘Run to Give’ charity run in Greater China region on 16th September and has raised over 1.2 million RMB for Operation Smile, all proceeds generated from the event will be used to support safe and quality surgeries for the children with cleft lip and cleft palate in China. 290 Marriott hotels in 60 cities jointly supported this meaningful charity event with the attendance of more than 7,450 associates.

深圳及惠州区2018 ‘Run to Give’ 慈善跑于10月13日圆满落幕, 超过777名深圳及惠州区万豪员工及客人加入跑步行列,为唇腭裂患儿“跑出微笑”。此次慈善跑由20间万豪旗下酒店在深圳大梅沙京基喜来登酒店举行。活动共筹得善款人民币141,007.43元,将全部捐赠予微笑行动 (Operation Smile),用于救助中国唇腭裂患儿。活动期间,由商委会工程、市场销售、房务及青年商务委员会等根据自身独特特征所打造的创意集市更为本次活动增添了无限乐趣。活动参与者不仅选购到了自己喜欢的物品,更为此次活动捐赠了无限的爱心。

Marriott International held 2018 ‘Run to Give’ charity run in Shenzhen and Huizhou on 13th October and has raised over RMB 141,007.43 for Operation Smile, all proceeds generated from the event will be used to support safe and quality surgeries for the children with cleft lip and cleft palate in China. 20 Marriott hotels in Shenzhen and Huizhou jointly supported this meaningful charity event with the attendance of more than 777 associates.

万豪国际集团大中华区商委会主席潘小莺表示,“万豪国际集团作为全球最大的酒店集团,在127个国家与地区拥有超过6500家酒店,我们服务理念的根基是传承了90年的万豪文化—‘以人为本’。2017年,万豪国际启动全新平台 Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction(善行360度)并以此作为可持续发展与社会影响力行动指南。秉承善行原则之一 ‘改善社区并为需要的儿童提供救助与支持’, 万豪大中华区商委会发起 2018‘Run to Give’ 慈善跑,我们感谢各地万豪酒店与员工团队为此付出的努力,更相信通过大家的支持,微笑行动可以为中国唇腭裂患儿开展更多义诊。”

“As the largest hotel group in the world, Marriott International has more than 6,500 properties across 127 countries and territories, the foundation of our service philosophy is Marriott Culture that was perpetuated for 90 years — ‘Put People First’. In 2017, Marriott International launched a new platform Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction as our social impact and sustainability development guideline. Align with ‘Nurture Our World’ , one of the principles in Serve 360, we initiated 2018 ‘Run to Give’ to support Operation Smile to carry out more missions for Chinese children with cleft conditions. It is delighted to see our associates make big efforts on this with great passion and believe that together we can improve our community and deliver aid to children in times of need.” said Angela Pan, the Guidance Team Member of Marriott Worldwide Business Councils, Greater China.


Marriott International has been supporting Operation Smile since 2008 and till now, more than 1,000 Marriott volunteers have been involved in the missions Operation Smile executed across China, meanwhile,  Marriott hotels in Greater China region also provide complimentary accommodation for international medical volunteers from all over the world.

国际微笑行动大中华区总裁王晓卫表示,“国际微笑行动在中国开展义诊活动27年以来,累计救助的唇腭裂患者超过3万名,成功的义诊与每个帮助我们的人分不开。感谢万豪集团十年来对微笑行动一如既往的支持和帮助,也非常感谢万豪志愿者为义诊服务的热情。今年的 ‘Run to Give’ 慈善跑让我很受启发,这种充满活力的方式让更多人加入了我们的行列,宣传健康的同时做一件好事,去帮助贫困唇腭裂患儿重获美丽的微笑。 希望将来我们还会一起奔跑下去,用关爱的力量去帮助更多需要我们的人。”

Dr. Wang Xiao Wei, the President of Operation Smile Greater China expressed “Operation Smile conducted the first mission in China 27 years ago and over the years we have treated over 30,000 cleft lip and palate patients, this achievement is a joint effort from all of our individual and corporate supporters. We are very grateful to the continuous support from Marriott Group. And for more than 10 years, the passions and professionalism demonstrated by the Marriott volunteers who participated at our medical mission has extended tremendous help for the smooth delivery of our mission. I am very much inspired by the innovative ideas Marriott has put together in this ‘Run to Give’ campaign in promoting the importance of health and to do a good deed at the same time. I hope through this campaign, we can create more awareness to the current cleft problems we face around the world and ultimately the causes we serve. ”


万豪国际(纳斯达克股票代码:MAR)集团总部位于美国马里兰州贝塞斯达,在127个国家和地区拥有超过6,500家酒店,包括直接经营酒店、特许经营酒店和授权分时度假酒店,并拥有30个酒店品牌。万豪国际集团还运营备受赞誉的三项客户忠诚计划:包括丽思卡尔顿礼赏(The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®)在内的万豪礼赏(Marriott Rewards®)及SPG俱乐部(Starwood Preferred Guest®)。垂询更多信息,请访问官网www.marriott.com。如需随时掌握万豪国际最新动态,可访问网上新闻中心www.marriottnewscenter.com,或在社交媒体上关注@MarriottIntl。

About Marriott International

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,500 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com, and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.


万豪国际集团在全球拥有98个商务委员会。在特定的市场或区域内,商委会由总经理和部分员工组成, 他们覆盖了万豪旗下的所有品牌酒店和业务职能。大中华区共设立四个商委会(其中包括13个分会),分别为中国东区商委会,中国南区商委会,中国北区商委会及中国中西区商委会。大中华区商委会贯穿大中华区82个城市,代表万豪旗下16个酒店品牌与300家酒店。“在万豪,我们相信经营之道与经营之业同等重要”,大中华区商委会联合在一起,旨在传承万豪文化,领导跨品牌市场活动,共同迎接挑战并发挥集体影响力。

About Marriott Greater China Business Councils

Marriott International has 98 Business Councils worldwide, Business Councils are made up of General Managers and associates across all brands and business functions in a specific market or region. In Greater China region, there are 4 Marriott Business Councils (include 13 sub-councils ) throughout the country and represent more than 300 properties and 17 brands across 82 cities, they are East China Business Council, South China Business Council, North China Business Council and Central West China Business Councils.  “At Marriott we believe how we do business is as important as the business we do”, banding together, the Councils perpetuate Marriott culture, lead cross-brand market driven initiatives, work on common challenges that they can collectively address for a stronger impact.


国际微笑行动(Operation Smile Inc)是⼀个以医疗和非医疗志愿者为主体、致⼒于为全球偏远地区患有唇腭裂及其他面部畸形的贫困患⼉提供安全、及时、高质量的免费手术和相关治疗的⾮营利性公益机构。国际微笑⾏动成⽴于 1982 年,36 多年来在全球已经为超过 27 万名患者提供了免费⼿术,并为更多患者提供了全面的医疗评估。⾃1991 年进⼊中国开展义诊活动以来,已有近 27年的公益项⽬执⾏经验,累计救助超过30,000名唇腭裂患者。

About Operation Smile

Operation Smile Inc. (“OSI”) is an international medical charity which performs safe, effective cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, and delivers postoperative and ongoing medical therapies to children in low and middle-income countries. Operation Smile was founded in 1982 and has provided free surgeries for more than 270,000 children and young adults around the world. Since conducting its first medical mission to China in 1991, Operation Smile has had 27 years of experience in serving the underprivileged children and families and provided free and life-changing surgeries for more than 30,000 patients with cleft lip and palate in China.




WOYAOPAO APP developed by Shanghai Mupao Information Technology Co., Ltd., , APP can get through online and offline, employees and customers, internal activities and brand marketing activities, APP has the functions of recording running track, event information release and registration management, and Achieve sharing information to third-party social platforms, as well as targeting people and delivering promotional information.

The Langham, Shenzhen Awarded “Best Business Hotel” in Condé Nast Traveler China Gold List 2018

Best Business Hotel

Since opening its doors in 2012, The Langham, Shenzhen, has been combining modern facilities with classic sophistication, as well as the most thoughtful and meticulous services, to provide a peaceful and comfortable place for leisure and business travelers.

In August 2018, The Langham, Shenzhen, was named “Best Business Hotel” in Condé Nast Traveler China Gold List 2018 by renowned travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler.

Introduced in the US for the first time in 1995, the Gold List by global luxury travel and lifestyle magazine Condé Nast Traveler covers over 50 countries and regions across five continents and is the most authoritative list for the global tourism industry. Presenting an objective and professional selection of the top hotels, the Gold List is widely regarded by travelers around the world as one of the most trusted “Golden Standard”.

In the spirit of objectivity, authority and professionalism, Condé Nast Traveler published the first “Golden Guide” for travelers to China in 2004. In 2017, the selection received a full upgrade to include hotel, airlines, airports, cruises and travel agencies, providing a list that is catered to the Chinese tourism market and represents the preferences of travelers to China from a global perspective.

Also known as the “Oscars” of the global travel industry, the Gold List complies with the highest industry standards. Independent surveys and tasting were conducted to assess hotels based on the strictest criteria to ensure that the list is a true reflection of the world and the times to keep travelers at the forefront of fashion and lifestyle.

“We are very honored,” Mr. Jeffrey van Vorsselen, General Manager of The Langham, Shenzhen, said. “This is The Langham, Shenzhen’s second inclusion in the Gold List since 2014. The accolade of ‘Best Business Hotel’ is a result of the love and support that business travelers have given to the hotel. We treasure this recognition very much. In the future, we will continue to provide the best services, as usual.”

Located conveniently in the Futian commercial district, The Langham, Shenzhen inherits over 150-year old classic luxury of the Langham brand. The hotel has 352 guest rooms and suites, 8 banquet halls, multipurpose conference rooms catereing to different business needs, and 7 iconic restaurants that offer a wide range of dining options. In addition, the Langham Hospitality Group’s very own Chuan Spa uses the concept of five elements in traditional Chinese medicine to create a series of natural treatments that allow guests to relax in a tranquil space away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Langham, Shenzhen

About Langham Hospitality Group

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

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

Someone Cares About You

Sometimes, it is the smallest details that can make the biggest difference to a person’s trip. A small act of kindness or a thoughtful gesture can change the entire way a guest looks back on their stay.

“After a long flight, the only thing I wanted to do was to get to my hotel. So, it came as a great relief to find the Courtyard by Marriott was only a 20-minute drive from the airport,” recalled businessman, Mr. Sun, about the first time he stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an.

“When I was checking in, I felt tired after traveling and muttered to myself, ‘I’m hungry’. To my surprise, the receptionist immediately called the restaurant and they brought me a small cake. It might have seemed like a small gesture to the receptionist, but it was just what I needed at that moment.

It’s personal touches like these, which make our guests feel truly welcome and cared about at the Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an.

The Perfect Place To Rest and Recuperate When On A Business Trip

Opened in May, Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an is located in the bustling business center of the up-and-coming Bao’an district of Shenzhen. The hotel is only a 15-minute drive to Guangming High-Speed Railway Station, 20 minutes to Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, and 40 minutes to Shenzhen North Railway Station.

As the centerpiece of the Liantou Dongfang entertainment and shopping complex, Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an is a few-minute walk from the cinema, supermarkets such as Wal-Mart, and restaurants and coffee shops like Starbucks.

Drive just 20 minutes and experience local tourist attractions such as Phoenix Mountain Park, Shenzhen Waterlands Resort, and Shenzhen Xtreme Speedway, to name just a few. So, there was plenty to keep Mr. Sun entertained in the evenings and weekend during his business trip.

When the staff at the Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an learned that Mr. Sun and his work colleagues needed to go to their supplier’s factory every day, the hotel arranged a shuttle bus for them to remove the headache of organizing transportation every morning and evening.

“Each night, the Account Director at the hotel would ask in our WeChat group who needed to take the bus the next day,” explained an impressed Mr. Sun, before adding, “It’s rare to find a hotel like the Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an that can offer a shuttle bus pick-up service.”

Mr. Sun was equally impressed with the hotel’s facilities and amenities. The Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an boasts 257 modern rooms, 755 sqm banquet area, and multifunction meeting rooms, all of which can meet different business travelers’ needs.

The Pavilion All-Day Dining Restaurant offers Chinese and Western delicacies such as authentic Cantonese Dim Sum, a fresh seafood buffet, and a wide selection of Western dishes. The Lobby Bar provides a variety of spirits, cocktails, coffee, desserts, and snacks, while at the Executive Lounge guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast and all-day refreshments.

Guest rooms provide plenty of space for both work and leisure. Every room is equipped with a 55-inch flat-screen HDTV, personal safe, refrigerator, and self-service tea and coffee. The high-speed wireless network covers the entire hotel. Meanwhile, guests can make the most of the 24-hour fitness center, launder, and ironing services.

The hotel has thought of everything. For long-staying guests, the hotel provides a storage service. So, if we had to leave for just a few days, we did not need to carry our heavy luggage everywhere,” explained Mr. Sun.

Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an strives to be the perfect place to rest and recuperate with shopping, entertainment, restaurants, and great service.

It’s The Small Touches That Make The Perfect Stay

Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an believes that the key to making a guest’s stay a pleasant experience is to truly understand what their needs are. 

On August 27th, the hotel launched their new loyalty program. On behalf of all the associates, the General Manager welcomed guests, thanking them sincerely, and made a promise to continue to provide the warm and homely service that guests like Mr. Sun have already become accustomed to.

This can be seen in the live music, the regular fun and games, cuisine themes, and the travel tea set that is gifted to every guest. The tea set, in particular, touched Mr. Sun. “It may be a small gift, but it’s very revealing about how much thought goes into the service that the hotel provides,” said Mr. Sun.

It’s the kind of service that Mr. Sun sees everywhere in the hotel. According to Mr. Sun, the waiters in the Executive Lounge always remember each guest’s name.

“We usually enjoy the happy hour in the afternoon at the lounge. One day, we were outside for the afternoon and when we came back later, the waiter asked if we had been working overtime and hoped we would join for dinner later. At that moment, I felt like I was at home and it was a family member asking to make sure we eat well. It’s a special feeling when you have been traveling for a long time away from home and family.”

The family feeling extends to the housekeepers too. Before night falls, they turn on the night light, lift one corner of the quilt, put away the slippers, and spread the towels and gowns at the foot of the bed and by the shower

As part of the Marriott International brand, Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an participates in Marriott’s membership program. For members from Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and SPG Club, all expenses during their stay can be credited. They can then redeem the points for hotel rooms, air tickets, cruises, and car rental services.

Mr. Sun’s experience is not unique. His is the typical guest’s impression of the Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an. The hotel creates that warm feeling of home, it offers the perfect place to rest and recuperate after those long days, and most of all, guests have that feeling that someone cares about you.

Place Name:  Courtyard by Marriott Shenzhen Bao’an联投东方万怡酒店

Place Address:No. 46, Dongfang Road, Songgang, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 深圳市宝安区松岗东方大道46

电话 Tel: 0755-2986 9888

网址 websitewww.courtyardshenzhenbaoan.com

The Langham, Shenzhen Welcomes Mid-Autumn Festival with the Physically Disabled

Hotel volunteers and the physically disables

As the full moon lights up the autumn sky, the Mid-Autumn Festival is here once more. On September 20th, just before the nation celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival, 23 volunteers from The Langham, Shenzhen, headed to the Shenzhen Lianhuabei Rehabilitation Centre to welcome the festival with 30 people with physical disabilities, enjoying a series of interesting activities, including lantern and snow-skin moon cake making, and riddle solving.

Lanterns originated in China over 2,000 years ago during the Western Han Dynasty, and lantern making during the Mid-Autumn Festival has been part of Chinese tradition since then. Families enjoy a time of fun and togetherness as they create personalised lanterns using colourful materials, before taking them to the streets.

The volunteers paired up with people with physical disabilities to compete against the others in a test of craft and creativity. With immaculate teamwork and delicate hands, the teams came up with a number of unique and wonderful creations. The six fastest pairs also received surprise gifts prepared by the hotel.

Also popularly known as the Moon Cake Festival, moon cakes are an indispensable part of the Mid-Autumn Festival. Under the patient guidance of Mr. Yang, Chef of the hotel staff canteen, everyone put their hands together to make delightful and delicious snow- skin moon cakes.

With lanterns and moon cakes out of the way, it was time for another folk tradition—riddle solving. In between the colourful lanterns small slips of paper with riddles written on them were hidden.

Surrounded by witty riddles and amazing gifts, the group experienced the harmony and union of the festival in echoes of laughter.

As part of its commitment to its social responsibilities, The Langham, Shenzhen has always been an active participant in social efforts for vulnerable groups. For five consecutive years since 2013, the hotel has invited “left-behind children” from Longhua Yuanfen and young congenital heart disease patients from Shenzhen Children’s Hospital to spend Children’s Day at the hotel. In addition, for the last two years, the hotel has also prepared hand-made Braille paper for the Shenzhen Blind People’s Association.

Through these charitable efforts, The Langham, Shenzhen hopes to establish a standard for corporate social responsibility.

About Langham Hospitality Group

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

Place Name:  The Langham, Shenzhen 深圳东海朗廷酒店
Place Address:  The Langham, 7888 Shennan Boulevard, Futian District, Shenzhen 518040, China
Place Phone:  +86 (755) 8828 9888

Grand Hyatt Guangzhou October Promotions  

National Holiday

The Market Café

Valid date: October 1 to October 7, 2018

Special highlights: Lunch period: (Grilled oyster, chili garlic sauce, pan-seared goose liver, steamed rice with sea cucumber, beef and chicken grand skewers)

Dinner period: (Whole tuna fish sashimi, whole lamb for carving, fresh oyster, steamed abalone, baked lobster thermidor)

  • Buffet lunch CNY 368 for one adult, CNY 184 for one child (6-11 years old)
  • Buffet dinner CNY588 for one adult, CNY 294 for one child (6-11 years old)

Prices are subject to a 15% charge (inclusive of service charge and tax)

Located on Level 22

  • Operation Time:
  • Lunch: 12:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Dinner: 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM







  • 自助午餐368元/成人1位,人民币184元/儿童1位(6-11岁)
  • 自助晚餐588元/成人1位,人民币294元/儿童1位(6-11岁)



  • 营业时间 :
  • 午餐:上午12时至下午2时30分
  • 晚餐:下午6时至晚上9时30分

G Bar Signature Cocktail

G Bar

Gegroni, our G signature cocktail, is inspired by the classic Negroni cocktail. It keeps the aromas of Gin and Campari, which match perfectly with the citrus flavors extracted from washed Yirgacheffe coffee. The popcorn on the top is the highlight, bringing a gentle and sweet touch to this manly cocktail.

The Gegroni creates a celebratory vibe with its flavor and look, and is a good aperitif with which to kick off a big meal, as well as being a great night-time drink when hanging out with friends.

Price: CNY 118/glass

Prices are subject to 15% charge (inclusive of service charge and tax)

Located on Level 22

Operation Time: 11:30 AM – 12:00 AM








营业时间 :上午11时30分至凌晨12时

October Cake – Red Velvet

Red Velvet Cake was born for celebration! Featuring the iconic flame red and pure white, it is the perfect gift to share with your loved ones this October. With a special twist of seasonal fruit replacing the cream on top, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou’s pastry team wish you a healthy and pretty National Day holiday!

Valid date: October 1 to October 31, 2018

Price: CNY 298net/ two pounds

悦·礼 红天鹅绒蛋糕



价格:人民币 298元/2磅

Autumn Pampering

Pamper yourself with a unique and rejuvenating O SPA experience.

Valid date: October 1 to December 31, 2018

Original price: CNY1, 944

Promotional price CNY888 includes:

60-minute skin hydration facial

30-minute nourishing hand care

Day pass for fitness center * 1

Prices are inclusive of 15% service charge and tax

Cannot be used in conjunction with any other special offer or O SPA membership benefits

Operation time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM


[清]水疗特别推出 深层保湿面部护理及手部滋养护理,抵抗秋燥引起的皮肤不适,让您度过舒适与滋养的美好秋日时光。尊享,以及健身游泳次卡壹次。


原价:人民币 1944元

  • 仅需人民币888元即可尊享:
  • 60分钟深层保湿面部护理
  • 30分钟手部滋润护理
  • 健身游泳次卡 – 壹张



营业时间 :早上10时至凌晨12时

Weekend Piattini Brunch

G Restaurant is going to bring the gourmest to town for a brand new brunch experience with a special menu created by Executive Chef David Jean Marteau. Come and try the new creations from the team with your friends and family and kick off the weekend in a stylish way.

G Restaurant

Promotion Period: September 15 – December 31, 2018

Located on Level 22

Operation Time:Lunch: 11:30 PM – 2:30 PM




推广期: 9月15日-12月31日(仅适用于周六周日)


营业时间 :


Family Adventure 2 Bedroom Package

Embark on an adventure with delicate Cantonese cuisine and The United Magic World in the oasis of Guangzhou CBD. Create grand memories with your family at Grand Hyatt Guangzhou for only CNY3, 999 per room per night.

Valid date:  July 17 to October 13, 2018 (weekends and weekdays)

  • Inclusive of a one night stay and daily breakfast at Grand Club for four adults and one child
  • One-time ticket to Magic of the world Amusement Park for four adults and one child
  • Access to Grand Club with cocktail and canapé every evening during the stay
  • 24-hour access to the Hyatt Fitness Center, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool
  • Free parking, complimentary Wi-Fi

Prices are subject to 15% charge (inclusive of service charge and tax)

Please make a reservation at least two day in advance

Cannot be used with any other voucher



推广期:07月17日至10月13日( 周末节假日通用)




Place Name:  Grand Hyatt Guangzhou 广州富力君悦大酒店
Place Address:  12 Zhujiang West Road, Pearl River New City, Tianhe District, Guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城珠江西路12号
Place Phone:  + 86 20 8396 1234

South China Marriott Business Councils Charity Gala Dinner

South China Marriott Business Councils Charity Gala Dinner For The Yao Foundation Raises Rmb 332,663 For Underprivileged Chinese Youths

South China Marriott Business Councils hosted the annual charity gala in support of the Yao Foundation at JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an on September 14 2018 and raised a total of RMB 332,663 to further support educational projects for underprivileged children in rural China.

The Black Tie Gala Dinner 2018 was jointly organized by South China Marriott Business Councils and includes the participation from 108 hotels in Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Hainan, etc. with the attendance of more than 390 corporate guests and individual sponsors. Mr. Yao Ming, Founder of Yao Foundation, attended for the first time. Mr. Jakob Helgen, Marriott International Area Vice President – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Hainan Areas, and Mr. Richard Taffs, Marriott International Vice President of Operation, Greater China and representatives from South China Marriott Business Councils were all in attendance.Jakob Helgen, Marriott International Area Vice President – Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Hainan Areas, said: To “Serve Our World” is one of Marriott’s core values and guiding principles how we do business. Through volunteerism, fundraising, cash and in-kind donations, our 6,700 hotels and 360,000 associates worldwide are impassioned to do good in their communities and make a meaningful positive impact. For China, this “Spirit to Serve” has resulted in a partnership with the Yao Foundation, bringing educational opportunities to underprivileged teenagers across China.

The night was fulfilled with tremendous engagement activities, live entertainment, auction, alluring and exquisite food & beverage offerings and many more to be discovered on site. During the gala dinner, J.W. Marriott Jr., Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board of Marriott International, appeared in a special video to express his gratitude to the guests, Marriott associates and the Yao Foundation teams for their support for children’s education. All proceeds generated from tickets sales and charity auction will be used for the further development of the Marriott-Yao Foundation Hope Primary Schools.

Sponsors including: ASC Fine Wines (Shanghai) Co., Ltd Shenzhen Branch, Cooperation and Competition Arts Center, East Meets West Fine Wines, HBN Wedding Planning Center, J.T Bespoke, Okay Airways Company Limited, Summergate Fine Wines& Spirits, Waterfall Spa & Wellness.

About Marriott International, Inc.

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

About Yao Foundation

Chinese rural youth have benefited from studying in the 21 Hope Primary Schools and one special education school it has funded. Besides constructing the school buildings, the Yao Foundation also improves the educational experience of Chinese youth by partnering with leading Chinese and multinational companies to build libraries, computer rooms, kitchens, and sports and exercise areas in local schools. In 2012, the Yao Foundation initiated the “Yao Foundation Hope Primary School Basketball Season” program. By 2016, students from 375 schools in impoverished areas, 510,000 attendances from 25 provinces joined the event, letting the children experience sportsmanship through playing basketball and enjoy the happiness that sports bring to them. For more information about the Yao Foundation, visit www.yaofoundation.cn. Weibo &WeChat: 姚明爱心基金.

Place Name: JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’An 深圳前海华侨城JW万豪酒店
Place Address: No.8 Baoxing Rd, Bao’an District, Shenzhen 深圳市宝安区宝兴路8号
Tel 电话 +86.755.2323.8888 Fax 传真 +86.755.2323.8999
Website:  JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao’an’s Website

Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai and Ming Fai Group partner with Soap Cycling to run another soap recycling activity in Shenzhen

On 20th Sep, the soap recycling activity organized by Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai, involves more than 30 volunteers from local community, hotel team members and local media.  65 kilos soap was recycled in 2 hours which will be enough for 1 year usage by 130 children from the unprivileged area. These soaps will be delivered to different poverty areas in China to improve the sanitation and hygiene.

Every year, millions of children worldwide do not make it to their 5th birthday because of preventable diseases such as diarrheal and pneumonia. In Mainland China, it is estimated that hundreds of children die every day from diseases such as pneumonia and diarrheal. Although China has progressed rapidly in the past few decades, much work remains to be done to ensure every child has a chance at a healthy and happy future.

To keep the environment sustainable and fully utilize the used soap in hotel guest rooms, Guangdong Area hotels organized SOAP activity to help underprivileged regions to improve the sanitation and hygiene standard. As part of the activities in Global Week of Service, Shenzhen Area has participating SOAP recycling since 2016. Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai will continue SOAP Cycling activity in a quarterly basis to involve more Shenzhen local community into this program.

We are reminded of the great challenges faced in China, and in underprivileged communities around the world, to keep children healthy through proper hygiene. This initiative not only provides a direct way to improve hygiene and health for many people living in our local community, it also encourages awareness and education about the importance of hand washing as an effective means of preventing diseases.

We believe that through partnerships like this, we can achieve significant social impact. We thank both companies for getting involved, and invite others to join us in the future.

About Soap Cycling

Established in 2012, Soap Cycling is a registered charity based in Hong Kong, and is the first non-profit soap recycling organization in Asia. Soap Cycling seeks to improve sanitation and hygiene in underprivileged regions, one child at a time. They do that by collecting and processing used hotel soaps. These life-saving items then get distributed to underprivileged children and antenatal clinics in disadvantaged communities in Asia, and also to support disaster relief. Soap Cycling is almost completely run by students from The University of Hong Kong, who are given management positions within the company. By participating in the program, hotels are diverting tons of waste from the landfills, and supporting vulnerable people in need. Please visit www.soapcycling.org for more information.







再皂福成立于2012年, 是在香港注册的慈善团体, 也是亚洲第一个非营利性肥皂回收组织。再皂福致力改善贫穷地区的生活环境和提高儿童的个人卫生意识。通过与本地不同酒店合作,再皂福回收及消毒二手肥皂,并送往亚洲其他贫穷国家,以降低当地居民患上疾病的风险。回收的肥皂,除了能帮助有需要的人士以外,也为环境出一份力,减少对堆填区的压力。再皂福主要是由香港大学的学生营运,详情请浏览再皂福官方网站www.soapcycling.org

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


Influences of China New IIT Law on Aliens

Amendment to China Individual Income Tax Law was officially approved on August 31, 2018 and will be implemented from January 1, 2019.

Main modifications are as below:

  1. Resident individual’s definition.

Foreigners who have a residence or reside in China mainland for more than 183 days in a tax year will be classified as resident taxpayers, that is, individual income tax shall be levied on comprehensive individual income both from China or abroad.

Non-resident individuals are those who have no residence and reside in China for less than 183 days in a tax year. They should pay their tax on the income they receive just in China mainland in accordance with the law.

Tax year means the Gregorian calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

But for some exceptions, such as whether retaining “five-year exception tax rule” as before, same taxpayer to become a tax resident in two countries or regions at same time, tax paid in the source of income country is higher than that of China,

In view of the complexity of the taxpayer’s actual situation, we will make specific analysis and judgment after new IIT law’s implementation regulations and specific provisions are carried out in the near future.

  1. Individual incomes are divided into three categories.
  2. Comprehensive incomes: (1) wage and salary (2) remuneration (3) author’s remuneration (4) royalties.
  3. (5) Business income
  4. Other incomes: (6) Income from interest, dividends and bonuses. (7) Income from the lease of property. (8) Income from the conveyance of property. (9) Contingent income.

Resident individuals shall calculate by tax year on a consolidated basis the individual income tax, and non-resident individuals shall calculate by itemization on a monthly or transaction-by-transaction basis the individual income tax, on the income obtained in category 1.

III. New IIT Tax rates and new threshold.

Threshold for wages and salaries will be raised to RMB5,000/month (old law: Threshold is RMB3500 for Chinese and RMB4800 for Alien) and new IIT table I and new IIT table II have been finalized from Oct 1, 2018.

  1. Tax Tables for Category 1(Comprehensive incomes)
Old IIT Rate Table
Grade Monthly Taxable Income Amount (RMB) Tax Rate Quick Deduction
1 ≤1500 3% 0
2 1500.01 to 4500 10% 105
3 4500.01 to 9000 20% 555
4 9000.01 to 35,000 25% 1005
5 35000.01 to 55000 30% 2755
6 55000.01 to 80000 35% 5505
7 >80000 45% 13505
New IIT Rate Table I

(applicable to comprehensive income)

Grade Monthly Taxable Income Amount (RMB) Tax Rate Quick Deduction
1 ≤3000 3% 0
2 3000.01 to 12000 10% 210
3 12000.01 to 25000 20% 1410
4 25000.01 to 35000 25% 2660
5 35000.01 to 55000 30% 4410
6 55000.01 to 80000 35% 7160
7 >80000 45% 15160


1. Monthly Taxable Income Amount=Monthly Pre-tax Income-Allowed deductions (social insurance personal parts, housing fund personal parts, etc.)-5000
2. IIT Rate Table I is applicable to comprehensive income, comprehensive income refers to four incomes (salary, remuneration, author’s remuneration, royalties).

Individual Income Tax Calculation Formula:

  1. Taxable income =Pre-tax salary income -social insurance personal part-housing fund personal part- threshold
  2. Individual Income Tax = Taxable income*Tax rate – quick deduction

How much more can get after Oct 1, 2018?

E.g.: Foreigner’s Pre-tax salary is RMB20,000, social insurance personal part is RMB2011.

IIT of Sep= (20000-2011-4800) *25%-1005=2292.25

Net Salary of Sep=20000-2011-2292.25=15696.75

IIT of Oct= (20000-2011-5000) *20%-1410=1187.80

Net Salary of Oct=20000-2011-1187.80=16801.20

Can get RMB1104.45(2292.25-1187.20) more per month.

Comparison table for different salaries

Monthly Salary 33048RMB is the salary standard for category B for alien’s work permit (IIT is 4352RMB). Monthly Salary 49572RMB is the salary standard for category A for alien’s work permit in Shenzhen

(IIT is 8961.6RMB).

Business Income’s Tax Rate Table

New IIT Rate Table II

(applicable to business income)

Grade Annual Taxable Income Amount (RMB) Tax Rate Quick Deduction
1 ≤30000 3% 0
2 30000.01 to 90000 10% 1500
3 90000.01 to 300000 20% 10500
4 300000.01 to 500000 25% 40500
5 >500000 30% 65500


The annual taxable income refers to the total amount of income in each tax year in accordance with the provisions of Article 6 of this Law after deducing the cost, expenses and losses. Other incomes‘ tax rate is 20%。

IV Annual Settlement and Payment for Resident Individuals

IIT for comprehensive income including wages and salaries obtained by foreign resident taxpayers is changed to annual settlement; Therefore, on the basis of the withholding tax paid to the tax authorities, foreign resident taxpayers are likely to need to settle the settlement and reimbursement of taxes from March 1 to June 30 of the following year. Detailed withholding method for advancement shall be formulated by the tax department of the State Council.

Foreign non-resident individuals who obtain wages earned are only allowed to be deducted by 5,000RMB per month, and special deductions and additional deductions are not allowed.

V Special deductions and Special additional deductions

For a foreign resident taxpayer, annual threshold is RMB 60,000 in each tax year and will be allowed to deduct some special deduction, special additional deduction and other legally deducted allowances.

Special deductions are including social insurance and housing fund personal parts, etc.;

Special additional deductions are including child education expenses, continuing education expenses, serious medical care costs, housing loan interest and housing rent, and expenses for raising the elderly, etc.

The specific scope, standards and implementation steps shall be determined by the State Council and reported to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for record).

The current allowed exempted allowances (like housing rent, meals, traffic fees, laundry expenses, children education expenses, language training expenses, etc.) applicable to non-resident foreign taxpayers may be not exempted anymore.

VI China’s international tax avoidance network opened after CRS officially landed.

China conducted the first CRS financial information exchange on September 1. The revised individual income tax law first established anti-tax avoidance clauses, which will give the Chinese tax authorities a strong legal basis.

How are the criteria and scope of special additional deductions defined? What are the refund procedures for annual settlement and payment? Are tax-free allowances, five-year rules applicable to foreign non-resident individuals retained or phased out?

The implementation regulations, specific regulations and supporting measures will be announced in the near future.

We will continuously focus on the newest regulations and will post on our public account. Please follow us closely for newest news!

Welcome to entrust us to do social insurance, payroll and individual Income Tax declaration services for foreigners.

Contact: Olivia

Shenzhen ZIX Consulting Co., Ltd

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Address: Room 18NO, Block B, Fortune Plaza, No. 7002, Shennan Road, Futian District, Shenzhen.

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How To Find An Apartment in China

China’s thriving economy has attracted many people to relocate in the hope of a promising future. If you plan to move to China, one of the very first things you need to consider is where to live. China is a huge country, both in population and area. This means that there are a lot of choices for places to move.

Apartment hunting in China isn’t easy, especially if you don’t speak or read Chinese. Honestly, finding an apartment in China can be an excruciating and challenging task, and if not properly done, you might end up encountering horrible housing scams and nightmares.

Here is some advice on apartment hunting for foreigners moving to China.

How to Find an Apartment in China

1. Online Search: There are many websites for apartment rentals in China. Here are a few of the options:

Most of these websites are all in Chinese, so I suggest you use translators like Google Translate. Finding an apartment in China using these websites is actually the fastest, cheapest and easiest way to find a place to live. However, it comes with many risks including scams, like if the apartment is way too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. Of course, not all of those great deals are scams. It may be best to look for an apartment online, create a shortlist of potential apartments, and personally visit them to ensure they match expectations.

2. Hit the Streets: If you’re already in China, the best way to look for an apartment is to hit the streets. If you’re moving to China to work or study, scout out places near your workplace or school for an apartment. This may be a tiring option to hunt for an apartment but it is the most effective way to find what suits you.

If you have a Chinese friend that can accompany you on your apartment-hunting, then good. If you don’t, you can always ask people nearby where to look for apartments. Fret not, most apartments for rent in China have a signage in English that says “Apartment” or “Apartment for Lease/Rent.” There are different types of apartments you might stumble upon, like the regular ones, high-end apartment complexes, villa communities and traditional Chinese housing. Each of these apartments offers different amenities and utilities — make sure to check them all out to narrow down your options. Basically, an ideal apartment should be near your workplace/school, well-maintained and reasonably priced. Once you’ve found the apartment you like, contact the landlord and discuss contracts.

3. Referrals from Chinese friends / friends living in China: If you’re lucky enough to have friends already living in China, then finding an apartment will be a lot easier. Not only they can refer apartments in China, but you can also bring along a friend that speaks Chinese to help you negotiate with Chinese landlords regarding rent and perhaps help review contracts. They can also help ask questions you may have about specific apartments and neighborhoods.

4. Real Estate Agents / Local Agency: Finding an apartment through local agents is a hassle-free way of getting what you need, but can be costly. How much does it cost? The standard agency fee is 50% of 1 month’s rent, but can be negotiable. This is ideal for people that don’t have a lot of time to find a house to rent. Agents will be able to provide you with a more options to check out in a short amount of time. You can go in and ask to see apartments that day or make an appointment to get more options.

Apartment Costs in China

Shanghai, also known as China’s business center, is the most expensive city to live in. Meanwhile, Xi’an, Huangshan, Suzhou, Chengdu, and many others are cheaper cities. Basically, the cost of an apartment in China still depends on the size and the amenities. In cities like Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen, an average apartment costs around RMB 4000 to RMB 15,000 per month, while you can get the same kind of apartment in a suburban area for just RMB 2000.

Rental deposits in China range from 1 to 6 months’ rent.

How to Rent an Apartment in China

Assuming you have found the right apartment for you, here’s how it will go:

1. Sign the lease contract. Make sure to thoroughly read the housing contract. Ask everything that’s unclear. Check the due dates, prices, policies, duration of contract and return of deposits.

2. Pay upfront rental deposit. This can be anything from 1 to 6 months’ rent, but frankly it isn’t ideal to pay 6 months’ rent up front – that’s simply too much.

3. If you hired a local agent, pay him/her as well. This usually costs 50% of 1 month’s rent.

4. Register your address. All homes being rented by expats must be registered with China’s Public Security Bureau (PSB). Usually your local agent does this for you, or it can be the landlord, but it’s basically your responsibility to do so. Make sure to bring along your passport with valid visa and your lease contract.

Things to Consider when Moving to China

1. Define exactly what you need

  • Environment: The best thing to do is visit the apartment yourself before paying anything. Scope out and observe the neighbourhood on nights and weekends.
  • Security: Check the building security measures if you must.
  • Utilities: Water, gas, electricity, AC/heater, Internet, furniture and appliances. It’s a good deal if the apartment comes with such utilities.

2. Budget: Of course, above anything else, define what you can afford for an apartment. Living within your means is imperative.

3. Landlord/landlady: Does your landlord live on-site? If you’re an expat, make sure your landlord can at least understand English so you can easily express what you need.

4. Apartment Policies and Contract: Always ask for a bilingual rental contract.

Moving to China can be very challenging — but it has a lot of things to offer: business opportunities, low cost of living, fast-growing economy, amazing Chinese food/cuisine, and magnificent places to visit. If you’re planning to move to China, you are most likely anticipating a hard time finding a place to live, well, it could really be hard — but honestly all you need to do is trust your intuitions and be sure to choose what suits you best. Good luck! 🙂

InterContinental Shenzhen Concierge Day

Intercontinental Shenzhen celebrated its Concierge Day on 7th September. Hotel chief concierge offered to domestic mainstream media a special tour to explore Shenzhen intangible cultural heritage, and discover AI high-tech industry.

Intercontinental Concierge “Golden Key” is a master key that can unlock all the curiosity and wonder for guests. They are willing to share the accumulated local extracts and global wisdom, understand all the needs of the guests and sincerely communicate with them to ensure that each time the service can make guests feel pleasantly surprised and respected.

Although Shenzhen is a young international city,  it contains a rich cultural heritage. Under the guidance of the hotel chief concierge, we went to Shenzhen Yong Feng Yuan company to visit the state banquet porcelain series and different classic design collections. “Yong Feng Yuan company was founded during Qing dynasty. It has been listed as royal supplies, and now that our porcelain has become a cultural heritage project, we should protect and inherit this production technology to promote Chinese traditional culture”. said an old craftsman from YFY company. Hotel concierge and media team also enjoyed their time painting the porcelain. Learning about different forms of intangible cultural heritage provides a sense of identity and belonging in relation to our own culture.

Yong Feng Yuan state banquet collection has served for 6 private dining room Shenzhen InterContinental Chinese restaurant “El Chino”.

The background color of Shenzhen is innovation, as soon as you come to Shenzhen, perhaps the first impression you get is an entrepreneurial environment. Chief Concierge has lead the media team on a deep exploration of the UBTECH company, experiencing the amazing high-tech culture. “Dream with Robots”is the slogan of UBTECH. The Chief strategy officer Bruce Ren and marketing staff shared stories about how AI robots “play the World”. We watched dance performances by awesome robots and witnessed in different fields such as education, entertainment, family, business services. As we know, UBTECH will put more AI in remote areas to supporting children’s education in the future. The media team has interacted with robots and truly felt the power of how AI can create a more intelligent way of life. That’s why  Shenzhen is called “The City of Technological Innovations”.

InterContinental Shenzhen experience a fusion of cultures at this chic urban resort hotel set in the heart of Shenzhen’s Overseas Chinese Town. Blending Spanish-inspired elegance with modern design and time-honoured local traditions, the hotel offers a comprehensive range of recreation, dining and meeting facilities accommodating the needs of leisure, business and conference visitors. The property features 540 luxuriously furnished rooms and 25 serviced apartments featuring a variety of contemporary Spanish and classical Chinese design influences. The immaculately landscaped 10,000 square metre Caribbean Garden around a 2000 square metre swimming pool is an oasis of calm, perfect for relaxing on holiday or away from work.

Place Address: 9009 Shennan Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen 深圳市南山区华侨城深南大道9009号

Place Phone:  +86 (755) 3399 3388

Singer Champion Jessie J Celebrates Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen’S 1st Anniversary Event

Hard Rock International is excited to have Jessie J with us and celebrated our 1 year anniversary in Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen. Following her unprecedented victory on Hunan TV’s smash hit show Singer earlier this year, the unveiled tour cities include Wuhan, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Chengdu, Changsha, Wuxi, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Tianjin and Shanghai.

Hard Rock International (HRI) is announced to be the title sponsor of the Jessie J Shenzhen Concert tonight on September 12, 2018, held at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center starting at 20:30. Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen team have been very excited to serve her as the host hotel for Jessie J and her team during their time in the city. In the afternoon, the 1 year anniversary started with a fabulous Red Carpet walk among Jessie and VIPs from hotel group, followered by a VIP and Fan Meet & Greet, memorabilia dedication by the artist and the famous Hard Rock Guitar Smash to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen and Hard Rock Hotels continued expansion in China. Future Hard Rock Hotel openings in China will include Haikou and Dalian in 2019-2020. Dr. Ken Chu, chairman of Mission Hills and Vice Chairman Mr. Tenniel Chu were also invited to the ceremony and witnessed our moment with all attractions from media and fans.

“Hard Rock is excited to bring a different music experience to China as part of our one year celebration of Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen,” said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of Hard Rock Hotels. “As a brand, we strive to offer our guests experiences that rock, and this VIP event is one example of how we are doing just that.”

This “Made for Music” theme for the event is inspired by Hard Rock Hotel’s Brand DNA, celebrating all genres of music from British Pop Rock to local Chinese R&B. Another guest performer is J. Sheon – a rising star under the Sony Music Label presented to our guests with his well-known songs “You’ll Never Know” and “Tiancai” after the Hard Rock Guitar Smash, fulfilled all the guests with unforgettable music experience during the whole event.

For more information or to book a stay, please visit hardrockhotelshenzhen.com

About Jessie J

It’s been eight years since Jessie J burst onto the scene with smash hits ‘Do It Like a Dude’ and ‘Price Tag,’’, the latter topping the charts in 19 countries worldwide. She’s since gone on to perform at some of the biggest venues and festivals across the globe, collecting an enormous array of awards and collaborating with the likes of Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj in the process.

Earlier this year, Jessie won the hearts of Chinese fans across the country and sparked an explosion of headlines around the globe as she became the first European artist to triumph on Singer, one of China’s biggest music contests. Having never finished outside the top three over the course of the TV show, Jessie scooped the title after wowing audiences with her pitch-perfect delivery and down-to-earth personality – both of which she’ll now be bringing to the live stage in China. The announcement of Jessie J’s concert in Mainland China comes hot on the heels of the release of her fourth studio album, entitled R.O.S.E., which came with an epic four-part rollout: R.O.S.E. (Realisations) came out May 22, R.O.S.E (Obsessions) on May 23, R.O.S.E. (Sex) May 24, and R.O.S.E. (Empowerment) on May 25.

About Hard Rock International

With venues in 74 countries, including 185 cafes, 25 hotels and 12 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, FL., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Atlantic City, Bali, Cancun, Daytona Beach, Ibiza, Las Vegas, and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include, Maldives, Manila, Malaga, Georgetown, Fortaleza, Casablanca and Chengdu. New Hard Rock Hotel, Casino or Hotel-Casino projects include Atlanta, Berlin, Budapest, Desaru Coast, Dublin, London, Los Cabos, Maldives, New York City, Ottawa, Dalian and Haikou in China. For more information on Hard Rock International visit www.hardrock.com.

About Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen

Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen blends pop culture and premium hospitality and is a host of world-class leisure, dining and entertainment options, offering a luxury stay for modern travelers who are seeking a reprieve from traditional accommodations. Throughout the property, guests may explore an impressive selection of over 160 rare and valuable memorabilia on display. Carefully chosen from Hard Rock’s world-famous, 80,000+ piece collection, each prized piece celebrates legendary music icons from around the world. The 258 rooms and suites feature a creative mix of music-inspired décor and modern style. A range of high-end accommodations, including Studio Suites, Rock Royalty Studio Suites and the Rock Star Suite®, provide the ultimate all-access pass to a luxury VIP experience, as well as stunning views of the surrounding resort landscape. While music soothes the soul, food satisfies the senses and Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen boasts four dining destinations. Travelers can choose from the signature Hard Rock Cafe, rooftop pool bar M.C. Frida, The Cake Shop, GMT+8 Lobby Lounge or browse the all-day offerings at Sessions. Other facilities include the Body Rock® fitness center, Rock Shop® and Hard Rock Roxity Kids Club™ for budding little rock stars. Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen also features more than 1,000 square meters of event and meeting facilities. Located in the famed Mission Hills Centreville, Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen offers convenient access to the world’s largest golf course and close proximity to an extensive range of leisure, wellness and entertainment offerings. Hard Rock Hotel is located 45 minutes from Shenzhen Bao’An International Airport and 35 minutes from the city center.

Place Name: 深圳硬石酒店 Hard Rock Hotel Shenzhen
Place Address:  NO.9 Mission Hills Road, Shenzhen, China
Place Phone: +86 (755) 3395 2888


New Tax Laws for Foreigners in China

This post is originally found here: https://www.globalfromasia.com/china-global-tax/

China is the world’s largest manufacturer and it has the second largest economy next to the United States. For this reason, China plays an important role in the global economy. Unsurprisingly, many expats relocate to China for business purposes. China’s financial capital is very attractive that many expats move in for incredible opportunities. From a survey conducted by HSBC, an expat in China earns $170,970 average gross personal income per annum, compared to the global average expat income of $99,900. Interesting, right? However, taxation in China is very complex that many expats find it difficult to comprehend. Just recently, a draft amendment to the Individual Income Tax Law was proposed and expats will surely be affected when the basket of changes take effect. What’s in the draft law? And what are the new tax laws coming for expats in china? Read on to learn more.

China’s Draft Amendment to the Individual Income Tax Law

1. Revision on determining tax residency status. Foreign nationals who have physical presence in China for at least 183 days would become liable for Individual Income Tax (IIT), unlike before when non-residents have one full year year before he/she be subject to IIT. Its purpose is basically to protect national tax rights and interests. Whether the income is sourced inside China or not, the tax residency status will be based on how long an individual resided in the country.

2. New tax system, rates, taxable income brackets

Current IIT Law Draft Amendment
Categories Tax Rates Categories Tax Rates
Income from wages and salaries 3%-45% 7 brackets of progressive tax rates
– 3%-45%
7 brackets of progressive
tax rates
– Adjusting the taxable
income brackets of lower
tax rates (i.e., 3%, 10%,
20% and 25%)
– Taxable income brackets
of higher tax rates
unchanged (i.e., 30%,
35% and 45%)
Income derived from
remuneration for personal services
20%- 40%
3 brackets of progressive
tax rates
Income derived from
remuneration for manuscripts
Income derived from royalties 20%
Income derived from
production and business
operations by individual
industrial and commercial households
5 brackets of progressive
tax rates
Business operation
5 brackets of progressive
tax rates
– The minimum threshold
applicable to 35% tax rate
increased to RMB
Income derived from
contractual or leasing
operations of enterprises or institutions
5 brackets of progressive
tax rates
Category removed with relevant income
incorporated into comprehensive income or
business operation income respectively
Income from interest,
dividends and bonuses
Income from lease of property
Income from transfer of
Contingent income
Other income

Source: PwC Global

3. Anti-avoidance Rule. Anti-tax avoidance rule was introduced in the draft law – wherein authorities are strengthening tax collection especially to individuals having cross border transactions and tax plans. Its main purpose is to avoid multinationals to transfer or move profits to affiliates in low-tax havens and to tighten the IIT’s overall application and enforcement.

4. Additional special expense deductions including children’s education, major illness medical expenses, continued education and housing loan interest and rent. Its purpose is to reduce the amount of income subject to income tax therefore raising the taxpayers’ income and boosting household consumption.

5. Tougher stance on foreign companies. Foreign companies should pay special attention to changes affecting the timing of the tax levy on foreign employees, foreign labor costs, contract profitability, and budgeting requirements, as well as the rippling effects they have on withholding and tax equalizations.

6. New Tax Brackets that would benefit middle and low-income groups.

Current Bracket (RMB) Proposed Bracket (RMB) IIT Rate Effect
< 1,500 <3,000 3% Widened
1,500 – 4,500 3,000 – 12,000 10% Widened
4,500 – 9,000 12,000 – 25,000 20% Widened
9,000 – 35,000 25,000 – 35,000 25% Narrowed
35,000 – 55,000 35,000 – 55,000 30% Unchanged
55,000 – 80,000 55,000 – 80,000 35% Unchanged
> 80,000 > 80,000 45% Unchanged

Source: China Briefing

Apparently, high-income earners don’t really benefit so much from this amendment. So, basically, if an expat in China earns USD170,970 average gross personal income per annum or around 95,000RMB per month, no matter where that income was sourced and regardless of where the payment is made, he/she would be subject to 45% IIT tax.

China is indeed a booming economy with unending opportunities. The proposed tax reform simply relieves the tax burden of small and medium sized enterprises as well as middle and low-income individuals while optimizing the business environment through higher consumption.

Disclaimer: if you’re an expat in China, it’s best to consult a taxation specialist in China to help you more understand the country’s upcoming overall tax amendment that is expected to take effect on January 2019.

How to Setup and Use Mobile Alipay (Zhifubao) in China

Nowadays, mobile payment has turned to be the most popular payment method in China. If you are walking on the street, you may find nearly every stores, markets, restaurants, taxis……even some beggars accept mobile payment as a method of payment. Right now, over 90% of mobile payment market in China is occupied by Alipay and WeChat Pay. More and more merchants in China are starting to accept mobile payment.

What Is Alipay?

Alipay is a third-party mobile and online payment platform which belongs to Alibaba Group. At first, it is only an online payment method which can be used on Taobao.com (similar to Amazon.com) to do online shopping. Right now, it turned to be a large platform which provides not only payment services, but also movie tickets, Didi taxi (similar to Uber), Air & Train tickets, Phone top-up and crowd-sourced reviews about local restaurants services (similar to Yelp.com).

Therefore, it is not exaggerated to walk on the street without your wallet, for what you need is only a smartphone. So what are you waiting for? Let’s start to enjoy it!

What Shall I Prepare to Begin with?

What you really need are the following three things:

1. A fully charged smartphone

Until now, Alipay App is only available on smartphones with iOS, Android or Windows phone system. You can search “Alipay” or “支付宝” in your App store, Google Play Store or Microsoft Store to download the App. (Attention: We do not recommend Windows Phone users to use the App as it was not updated since July, 2012 until June, 2018 in Microsoft Store.)

2. A phone number which you can receive SMS in Mainland China

When doing registration or paying a large amount of money, the App may send you confirmation code by SMS. Therefore, you need to make sure that your number is available in Mainland China and the number has been linked with your bank card when you were applying it in Chinese Mainland banks.

3. A debit or credit card issued by banks in Mainland China

You need to link your bank card with the App before using it to go shopping. Right now we recommend the debit card with UnionPay brand, as it would be the most convenient and popular brand used in Mainland China.

After preparing these things, we can start to open an account on Alipay. The following tutorial will be mainly based on iOS system.

How Can I Open An Alipay Account on My Phone?

Step 1: After installing Alipay, tap the App and you can see the welcome page. If the language appearing is not the one you are familiar with, please tap “语言” on the top right corner to change the language that you prefer. Right now, Alipay is only available in 3 languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong and Taiwan) and English. Then select languages and tap “保存” to save it.

Step 1: After installing Alipay, tap the App and you can see the welcome page. If the language appearing is not the one you are familiar with, please tap “语言” on the top right corner to change the language that you prefer. Right now, Alipay is only available in 3 languages: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese (Hong Kong and Taiwan) and English. Then select languages and tap “保存” to save it.

Step 2: Tap “Sign up” to start your registration.

Step 3: Please tap “Agree” when you see the Terms & Privacy Policy.

Step 4: Please choose the region of your phone number. Then enter your phone number which is able to receive SMS in Mainland China.

Step 5: enter the 4-digit verification code you received from SMS.

Step 6: Set your login password, which must be between 8-20 characters. (Attention: There will be 2 passwords for your Alipay. one for login and another for payment. Please remember both 2 passwords.)

Awesome! Now you have an Alipay account. However, before using it, you need to link at least one bank card with it.

How Can I Link A Bank Card?

Step 1: Open Alipay App, Tap “Me” at the bottom right corner of the page.

Step 2: Tap “Bank Cards” to link a card.

Step 3: Add a debit card or credit card issued by Chinese Mainland banks.

Step 4: Enter your Chinese bank card number. Then, tap “next”.

Step 5: Fill in your name shown on your Chinese bank card, select your ID type, enter your ID Number and type in your mobile number which has been recorded by the bank. In the end, tap “Agree and Bind Card”. Alipay right now only accept the following types of ID:

  • Passport
  • Home Visit Permit (For Hong Kong people who travel to Mainland China)
  • Tai Bao Zheng (Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents)
  • Mainland Identity Card

Step 6: Enter the confirmation code received from SMS. Then tap “Next”.

Step 7: Set a 6-digit payment password and reenter it. This password is only used to do the payment and it is different from the login password. (Attention: We do not recommend our clients to use your bank card password the same as Alipay payment password, for it is risky.)

Then, you will see the following page saying “添加成功” (added card successfully) and the bank card information will appear on your “My Bank Cards” page.

Now you are fully prepared. Why not start to use Alipay to do your first payment?

How to Do the Payment by Alipay?

Generally speaking, there are 2 methods to do your payment: either scan others’ QR code, or let others scan your QR code.

I. Scan Others’ QR Code

It is a common payment method in some small stores, small restaurants, Taxis and personal business. Usually, you can see a sign with Alipay’s logo (left image below) and a QR code sign for Alipay (middle image below) or a QR Code which combines several mobile payment services (right image below).

So when you are going to have the check, you can take out your smartphone, scanning the QR code in the following 3 steps:
Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Scan” on the top left corner.

Step 2: Put the QR code into the frame and it will automatically jump to the merchant’s payment page. (If the QR code is on a picture in your phone, you can tap “Album” on the top right corner to scan it.)

Step 3: On the merchant’s payment page, you need to enter the number of payment. Then tap “确认付款” (confirm the payment). The style or structure of this page may be different from the following one according to the third party service that merchants use (like the following right image).

Step 4: Then, it will jump to Alipay’s payment page. You can check the amount of payment here and you can choose your payment method, including balance, Yu’E Bao, debit cards and credit cards, etc. After that, tap “Pay now”.

Step 5: Type in your payment password (not your login password). Then, tap “pay”.

When it jumps to the page shown like the image below, it means the payment finished successfully.

II. Let Others Scan Your QR Code

It is also a common method which you can use in large restaurants, boutiques, supermarkets or convenience stores. It is easier and more efficient as you do not have to enter the number of payment and password.
Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Pay” on the top left corner.

Step 2: Firstly, select your payment method (left image below) and then let cashiers scan your QR code (middle image below) or put your phone face to the sensor (right image below). (Attention: This QR code is only used to pay instead of receiving money. Do not let others scan it except cashiers. Do not do screenshot and send it to others.)

Awesome! The payment is finished! Now you can use mobile Alipay as your electronic wallet.

How Can I Transfer Money to Strangers or My Friends?

I. To Strangers or The Guys You Won’t Transfer Money A Second Time:

Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Collect” on the top right corner.

Step 2: Now you got your QR code. Either tap “Save image” or do a screenshot to save it. Then, send it to the one who need to pay you and ask them to scan this QR code. The money has been transferred to you will automatically be added to your balance.

II. To Friends:

Step 1: Open Alipay App, tap “Friends” on the bottom right corner.

Step 2: Tap the “+” button on the top right corner. Then tap “Add Contacts” to add a friend.

Step 3: Enter your friends’ Alipay Account/Mobile Number/Taobao Account to search. Then, tap “Search” on your keyboard.

Step 4: Tap “Add” to add your friends and then send him/her friend request to verify yourself.

Step 5: Wait for your friend to accept your friend request. After receiving his/her message, tap the “+” at bottom right corner and then tap “Transfer”.

Step 6: Enter the amount of money (required) that you want to transfer to your friend and add your remark (optional) to continue. Then, tap “Confirm”.

Step 7: Similar to Step 4&5 of “Scan others’ QR code” part, please select the payment method and enter your payment password to finish your transfer.

Bravo, now you are the master of mobile Alipay! Still have any questions? Why not check the following Q&A part to find the answer?


Q: Can I Turn My Alipay App into English Version?

A: Of course you can. If it is your first time to use Alipay, you can change your language at top right corner of Sign up/Login page.

If you passed Sign up/Login page, don’t be panic! You can still tap “Me-Settings-General-Multiple languages” to select your preferred language.

Q: How Can I Login/Logout Alipay?

A: Open Alipay App, tap “Me-Settings-Log Out”. Then you can select to either login with another account or logout.

Q: Is Alipay Safe?

A: Generally speaking, Alipay is safe, as long as we can be careful with protecting our personal information. Please always remember and follow these instructions below:

  • Never tell or show either your payment password or login password to others.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings when you are typing your password.
  • Do not setup any easy password, such as “123456”, “111111”, “password” or your birthday.
  • Never show or let others photograph your payment QR code.
  • Never download any suspect software on your phone and never click any suspect URL link on your email.

Q: Can I Use Alipay in the USA/Globally?

A: Yes, but it may be a little difficult for you to find a merchant in other countries. Right now, Alipay is trying to spread its influence throughout the world. However, its localization seems not so active. The following 2 pictures were photographed in New York. It is interesting to find out that Alipay’s advertisement in New York only contains Chinese characters instead of English ones. (As far as we know, the condition in Tokyo is similar to New York as well.)

Therefore, perhaps Alipay is still targeting at Chinese visitors or Chinese students instead of local people in other countries. Because of it, you may not have a brilliant using experience out of China.

Q: Alipay vs Paypal. Which One Is Better in China?

A: It depends. If you would like to trade with local Chinese merchants or just visit or live in Mainland China, we recommend our clients to use Alipay as it would be very convenient for you.
However, if you want to trade with international merchants or enterprises in China, they may prefer Paypal to Alipay.
Overall, few Chinese people know or use Paypal in Mainland China.

Q: How Can I Contact Alipay Customer Service?

A: Alipay customer service hotline: 95188 (China), +86 571 95188 (Overseas)
Alipay official website: https://www.alipay.com/
Mobile Alipay official website: https://mobile.alipay.com/index.htm (Chinese)
https://render.alipay.com/p/s/download?form=chinese (English)

This post is originally found here: https://www.globalfromasia.com/alipay-guide/

Super-Fast Train To Hong Kong Ticket Sales Started on Monday, 10th September

High-Speed Rail Opens on 23/9

Online ticket sales will start at noon on Monday, 10th September. You may also click here to learn more about the High-Speed Rail ticket advance ticketing arrangement.

The 26km High-Speed Rail (Hong Kong Section) runs from West Kowloon and connects Hong Kongfv with the Mainland’s 25,000km national high-speed rail network. Whether it is for business or leisure, you can explore more destinations with the reliable and comfortable High-Speed Rail service.

Speedy: Running at 200km/h in the Hong Kong Section and up to 350km/h in the Mainland Section, High-Speed Rail is the fastest cross-boundary land transport in Hong Kong.

Direct:  Connecting Hong Kong with 44 Mainland stations without interchange.

Reliable: Punctual and less affected by traffic conditions.

Caring: A wide range of station and shopping facilities at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station plus different classes of travel and on-board facilities offer you a hassle-free journey.

Video from CGTN Live: Travel to Hong Kong on a high-speed train 

High Speed Rail connects Hong Kong with 44 destinations in the Mainland without interchange. Advance ticketing is available by phases from selected ticketing channels between 10 and 22 September.

High Speed Rail Timetable and Fare Charts:

Short-haul train timetable

Long-haul train timetable

Implemented Fare Charts in HKD

Advance Ticketing Special Arrangement:

Date Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
08:00 – 19:00
12:00 – 19:00
Online Ticketing
12:00 – 23:00


Tickets for 23/9 – 2/10

Date Hong Kong West Kowloon Station
08:00 – 19:00
08:00 – 19:00
Online Ticketing
06:00 – 23:00

11 – 22/9

Tickets for 23/9 and dates within 28 days from day of purchase

Tickets for 23/9 and dates within
30 days from day of purchase


23/9 – 8/10 tickets

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Enter Hong Kong West Kowloon Station via Exit D2 of Austin Station on the West Rail Line during the advance ticketing period


  1. Real-name ticketing applies. Hong Kong residents can use their Home Return Permit to buy tickets.
  2. For purchase at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, the person who purchases the tickets must be one of the travellers. Please bring along the original personal identity document of all travellers.
  3. Each person is entitled to purchase a maximum of 8 tickets in each transaction during the advance ticketing period.
  4. Ticket collection service is available at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station between 17 and 19 September if you wish to collect tickets purchased online or from tele-ticketing before the service commissioning day. Please bring along the original personal identity document of all travellers.
  5. During the advance ticketing period, the latest ticket status will be announced on www.mtr.com.hk/highspeed and High-Speed Rail Mobile App.
  6. Please note that online ticketing supports desktop PC or laptop PC with selected browsers (Chrome, Internet Explorer and Firefox).
  7. Mainland Domestic Tickets (journeys starting and ending at Mainland stations) are also available at the dedicated counters operated by the authorised agent at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station.
  8. The above service hours of ticketing channels are special arrangements during the advance ticketing period. Please visit the website for details of each of the ticketing channels upon service commissioning.

Ticketing Information

Hong Kong Ticketing Channels

Mainland Domestic Tickets are for the journeys starting and ending at Mainland stations. For example, a journey from Hong Kong to Xi’an requires a “Hong Kong –Zhengzhoudong” Cross Boundary Ticket and a “Zhengzhou – Xi’anbei” Mainland Domestic Ticket. Mainland Domestic Ticket is available at ticketing counters operated by China Railway (Hong Kong) Holdings Ltd. at Hong Kong West Kowloon Station. Tickets will be issued upon purchase. Ticket alteration and refund services are also available. For alteration, handling fee applies at HKD20 per ticket.

Fares Handling Fee per Ticket
Below RMB200 HKD10
RMB200 to below RMB300 HKD20
RMB300 and above HKD30

Remark: Ticket alteration and refund arrangements of Mainland Domestic Ticket are different from the Cross Boundary Ticket. Please visit www.12306.cn for details.

Passengers travelling on the High Speed Rail shall comply with the requirements under applicable laws and regulations (including Hong Kong laws or Mainland China laws) and the Conditions of Issue of Tickets. Cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Rules for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail Cross-Boundary Passenger Transport, and all notices posted at stations or MTR website. Non-cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Mainland Regulations for Transportation of Railway Passengers and all relevant rules and regulations, and all notices posted at stations or Mainland China 12306 website (www.12306.cn).

Mainland Ticketing Channels

Mainland Domestic Tickets can be purchased via the following the Mainland ticketing channels. Click here for more information.

  • 12306 website and mobile app
  • Telephone booking
  • Ticketing counters at the train stations
  • Ticket agents
  • Ticket machines at the train stations or designated locations

Passengers travelling on the High Speed Rail shall comply with the requirements under applicable laws and regulations (including Hong Kong laws or Mainland China laws) and the Conditions of Issue of Tickets. Cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Rules for Guangzhou-Shenzhen-Hong Kong High Speed Rail Cross-Boundary Passenger Transport, and all notices posted at stations or MTR website. Non-cross-boundary passengers shall comply with the Mainland Regulations for Transportation of Railway Passengers and all relevant rules and regulations, and all notices posted at stations or Mainland China 12306 website (www.12306.cn).

About Hong Kong West Kowloon Station

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station is conveniently located next to the West Kowloon Cultural District. Its unique architecture and beautiful landscape make it a new hotspot for visits and photos.

Architectural elements:

  • The giant curtain wall comprises over 4,000 irregular glass panels to maximize daylight and conserve energy.
  • The curved ceiling is made of over 8,000 tonnes of steel which is almost the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
  • The spectacular structure of the station is supported by nine sets of massive columns of different heights. The tallest one rises 45m in height from Level B3 up to the curved ceiling.
  • There are 3 hectares of public space outside the station including the Green Plaza and Sky Corridor. You can enjoy the stunning views of the Victoria Harbour by walking along the Sky Corridor to the rooftop of the station.
  • Creative artworks in the station enrich your journey.

The original article form : https://www.highspeed.mtr.com.hk

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Ride for Hope 3 Launch Ceremony

Teams From 30 Shangri-La Hotels Will “Ride For Hope” To Help Children With Hip Disabilities

A total of 32 riders, recruited by 30 Shangri-La hotels via social media channels, will cover 5,000 kilometres over 15 days as they take part in Ride for Hope 3 and journey through Mainland China and Hong Kong in a charity event to support the needs of children with congenital hip dislocation.  Ride for Hope 3 will simultaneously kick off in three different cities on 20 October 2018 and the routes will cover the cities from Nanchang to Shanghai, Xiamen to Shanghai, and Beihai to Hong Kong.  The Hainan Island route will start on 29 October 2018.   All four teams will reach their respective final destination on 3 November 2018.  Ride for Hope 3 follows from the success of Ride for Hope in 2013 and 2015.

This year, Shangri-La is partnering with Ai You Foundation to help at least 100 orphaned and financially disadvantaged children with developmental dislocation diseases under the “Ai You Morning Star Project”.  The project focuses on helping children with diseases that have favourable prognosis.  Ai You Foundation is a 5A-level foundation registered in China and is engaged in child health care, child welfare and venture philanthropy.

“We are pleased to work with the Ai You Foundation on this “mobile” charity drive. I am also very proud that 30 of our Shangri-La hotels have taken the initiative to come together in a very memorable and meaningful way to support the Foundation’s work. By riding through more than 25 cities in Mainland China and in Hong Kong, and through the various social media channels, we want to raise more public awareness of these special children’s needs,” said Charlie Dang, Shangri-La’s Executive Vice President – Operations, East & South China. “We deeply appreciate the generosity and support of all our colleagues, partners, cyclists, sponsors and participating Shangri-La hotel guests and consumers for this project. Their contribution will help to make a huge difference to the lives of these special needs children.”

Zhenzhen Luo, Assistant Secretary General of Ai You Foundation, said, “We are honoured to partner with Shangri-La. Their support will enable our orphaned and children with degenerative diseases to receive effective treatments to help them lead normal lives. Bike riding is a unique way to raise more awareness and engage consumers to support the Ai You Morning Star Project.  We appreciate the opportunity to explore such an innovative way of improving the lives of vulnerable children and partnering with companies and the public to solve social problems together.”

The Ride for Hope 3 is organised by Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.  The event is sponsored by Perfect China Group Co., Limited.  As the major sponsor, Perfect China is committed to strengthening their support to sustainability and public health by contributing to meaningful causes.

The Ride for Hope 3 programme aims to recruit 5,000 volunteer cyclists along the four routes. Interested persons wishing to join the ride can register at any of the 30 Shangri-La hotels and pay a participation fee of RMB200 each. The Ride for Hope 3 will also engage consumers via online charity sales. In addition to charity galas, media events will be hosted by participating hotels to raise public awareness.  Part of the entry fees and charity sales revenues collected will go towards Ai You Foundation and benefit children who have enrolled in the Ai You Morning Star Project.

The Three Ride for Hope Routes and Participating Hotels

Route 1: Nanchang to Shanghai

Shangri-La Hotel, Nanchang; Shangri-La Hotel, Wuhan; Shangri-La Hotel, Hefei; Shangri-La Hotel, Nanjing; Shangri-La Hotel, Yangzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Changzhou; Traders Fudu Hotel, Changzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Suzhou and Jing An Shangri-La, West Shanghai.

Route 2: Xiamen to Shanghai

Shangri-La Hotel, Xiamen; Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Wenzhou; Shangri-La Hotel, Yiwu; Shangri-La Hotel, Ningbo; Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou; Midtown Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou; Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai and Shangri-La Hotel, Shenzhen.

Route 3: Beihai to Hong Kong

Shangri-La Hotel, Beihai; Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin; Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou; Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen and Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong.

Route 4: Hainan Island

Shangri-La’s Sanya Resort & Spa, Hainan, Shangri-La Hotel, Haikou

Hotels Participating in Inner City Cycling Routes:

Shangri-La Hotel, Chengdu; Shangri-La Hotel, Xian; Shangri-La Hotel, Lhasa and Shangri-La Resort, Shangri-La.

About Ai You Foundation

Ai You Foundation, with its inception in 2004, is initiated, managed and operated by entrepreneurs, it delivers programs nationwide. After over a decade of exploration and development, it is now engaged in three charity areas, including child health care, child welfare and venture philanthropy. Ai You was entitled Outstanding Social Groups in 2015 by the Ministry of Civil Affairs, ranked first on the list of Chinese Charity Foundations, won Charity Organization Award in Responsible Chinese and full score in China Foundation Transparency Index several times.

About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, one of the world’s premier hotel owners and operators, currently manages over 100 hotels globally in 76 destinations under the Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders brands.  Prominently positioned in Asia, the group has established its hallmark of “hospitality from the heart” over four decades in Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, North America and the Indian Ocean.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in Australia, Bahrain, mainland China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For more information, please visit www.shangri-la.com.

For digitised pictures of the group’s hotels, please go to http://www.shangri-la.com/corporate/press-room/photo-library/.

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

Shen Wai International School (SWIS): The school of choice for IB continuum education

Rae Johnstone 

Established in 2011, Shen Wai International School (SWIS) is one of the fastest growing international schools in Shenzhen.  Next year the students who attended the school in its founding year will be the first graduating class, having completed the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP), Middle Years Program (MYP) and Diploma Program (DP).

SWIS is purposely built to be an IB continuum school, which means that everything from the staff to the building itself are designed with that goal in mind. Staff are employed from all over the world; what they have in common is that they all have valuable experience teaching the IB program.

For such a young school, SWIS has achieved an incredible amount.  They have world-recognised accreditations from the Council of International Schools (CIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and to add to this prestigious list they have recently been granted accreditation with the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) and the Association of China and Mongolia International Schools (ACAMIS). These international achievements are representative of how far the school has come in such a short period of time.

Being the only government invested, non-profit international school in Shenzhen, SWIS accepts students from the expatriate community as well as children who are permanent residents of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. This leads to an eclectic group of students who come together to build a community in which they can learn and grow together as well as forming life-long friendships.

Shen Wai International School follows the IB mission statement of aiming to ‘develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.’ This is followed through the range of student-led projects at SWIS, particularly throughout the Middle Years and Diploma Programs.

The Middle Years Program has a real-life approach to learning, founded in the cross-curricular units which make up the core of the program. Students are taught to become independent, organised and creative, with a focus on critical thinking and reflective learning. In Grade 8 students work together on a community project, designed to give back to the community they are part of – locally, regionally or globally. Following this students plan, design and carry out a personal project which is also based on the Service learning area of the IB program. This enables students to become more internationally-minded and aware of their role as global citizens.

After School Activities (ASA) play a significant role at SWIS, providing students with the opportunity to take part in activities and projects external to lessons. One example of an ASA project at SWIS is fund-raising and support of QianZhou Primary School. As well as donating money to the school, SWIS students have also taught children at the school, helped to build a new playground and have visited in their own time to help out. This has provided invaluable support to a school which has very few students and even less facilities.

During Grades 11 and 12 students take the IB Diploma Program at SWIS. Here the focus changes, as students now need to prepare for university and the wider world. Students choose topics within six courses: Studies in Language and Literature; Language Acquisition; Sciences; The Arts; Mathematics; Individuals and Societies. For the Diploma Program, assessment of the courses is through external examination as well as teacher assessment. Across and alongside each course, students study the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) and Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS); In addition, they have an extended essay to write on a topic of their choosing. TOK provides the glue to make connections between all disciplines and develops students into enquiring and reflective global citizens. CAS provides students with the opportunity for non-academic pursuits, often extending outside of school hours, and can be connected to ASA projects. The extended essay gives students an idea of university-level research and preparation for college assignments.

Learning at SWIS doesn’t just take place on the state-of-the-art campus. Learning Beyond the Classroom (LBC) is an integral part of the curriculum throughout the PYP, MYP and DP, and includes educational trips to Hong Kong and Cambodia as well as other parts of mainland China. Here the students have the chance to experience other cultures and ways of life, and they can see how they fit into the global community.

Why choose SWIS? Shen Wai International School is purpose-built to be an IB continuum school. It is ideal for expat families new or returning to Shenzhen, as students become incredibly internationally-minded. This is demonstrated through how they see the world and the service projects they come up with both within and beyond school life. Small class sizes, experienced staff and a balanced program of academia, sports and other activities simply add to the attraction of attending SWIS.

If you would like to find out more information about Shen Wai International School (SWIS), simply visit their website www.swis.cn and book a school tour.

Chinese and Pinyin Name: 深圳外国语学校国际部(SWIS)
Place Address: Shen Wai international School, No. 29, Baishi 3rd Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen, China 518053 中国深圳市南山区白石三道29号, 深圳外国语学校国际部 邮编:518053
Place Phone: 86 (755) 86541981/86541963
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Mr. Stephen Antram Appointed as General Manager of Marco Polo Shenzhen

Marco Polo Hotels Group has appointed Mr. Stephen Antram as General Manager of Marco Polo Shenzhen. As a hotel veteran, with more than 39 years’ experience in the industry, Stephen will take over from Acting General Manager Patrick Park.

Stephen possesses a long track record across Europe and Asia with international luxury hotel companies such as InterContinental and Sofitel and joins us from his previous posting as General Manager of Intercontinental Beijing Beichen. Stephen started his career in F&B, but gained his operational experience throughout all divisions. Due to his strong financial background, he is a results driven leader, with a sharp analytical mind.

In his spare time, Stephen enjoys sports, such as tennis, swimming and is interested in travel and its various cultures.

His ability to implement creative and strategic plans to improve guest experiences and revenues across all facets of the hotel has been the key to his success. We are looking forward to his exciting new initiatives planned for Marco Polo Shenzhen.”

About Marco Polo Shenzhen

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

For more information please visit marcopolohotels.com

About Global Hotel Alliance

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

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