Founded in November 2018, Nanshan International Cultural Exchange & Service Center referred to as “The Center” is a one-stop shop for expats, whether living in Shenzhen or just visiting temporarily, to get all the information and resources they need to make the most of their life in the city. With the center hosting their grand opening on Saturday June 29th, it was the perfect time for Shenzhen Party to find out more about the great work that is being done at “The Center.”
Located at Imperial Park in Sea World in Shekou, the center is staffed with English-speaking social workers, who provide professional advice for both Chinese and foreign expats. As the largest international cultural exchange platform in Shenzhen, the center is committed to bridging the gap between the government and expats via advisory and supplementary services.
1.“One-Stop” Consulting Services
The staff at the center are responsible for explaining official policies and instructions and hold regular sessions to advise expats about life in Shenzhen and the laws and regulations concerning living in Shenzhen. In addition, expert legal services are offered at no cost.
These legal services include advice on disagreements between landlords and tenants, issues with employment contracts, marriage and family matters, and many other legal areas.
2. Chinese-Foreign Cultural Exchange Services
The center also collaborates with social organizations to hold regular cultural exchange activities. These include events at their Mini-Library, Traditional Chinese Culture Room, and Theater. The events include a monthly movie night and reading activities.
3. Online and Offline Information Service
Through the Official WeChat account “南风国际化SWI”, and a WeChat mini-program “Live Here” in development with “Shekou Daily”, the center aims to provide additional authoritative and comprehensive information for expats.
4. International School Exchange Platform
The center also works with local international schools to build a communication channel and also provides Chinese cultural education activities and campus events, to help broaden students’ perspectives.
5. Fire Safety & Environmental-Friendly Campaigns
In terms of promoting environmental-friendly campaigns, the center published the first English pamphlet for waste classification in Shenzhen, set up a recycling zone for harmful waste, and has hosted several events on the subjects of “Waste Reduction” & “Converting Waste to Energy” The center also holds fire safety events and published the first English version of the local fire safety guide among other initiatives.
Improved communication for local healthcare services
The center will collaborate with Shekou People’s Hospital to publish the first pamphlet for foreigners seeking medical advice. Other improvements will include making English language signs and working with volunteers to provide bilingual services at the hospital.
Expanded and updated bilingual signage
The center also plans to update bilingual signage around Sea World, as well as installing additional bilingual signage to make the environment more expat friendly.
Grand Opening Photos
Office Hours: 9:00-12:00 and 14:00-18:00 (Monday to Friday)
Address: 1st Floor, Imperial Park I, Wanghai Road, Nanshan, Shenzhen
Metro: Line 2 Sea World Exit A
Bus: Sea World South / Sea World Metro Station
Tel: 0755-2161 2083