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The wrap 42 COVER STORY

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"If a drone is flying by, I don’t care. But if the drone is set to survey my property… that’s another story.” Daniel MH Chun, a travel videographer and documentary director, shares his views on new drone regulations p12

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8 CITY 16 The Property Puzzle What Can You Own – and for How Long?

20 High-Speed China Photographer Lukas von Rantzau Joins the Network's Two Million Daily Users.

26 LIFESTYLE 28 Lipholstery Bringing back the mustache.

32 Thrones of the Gods The Supreme Purity of Sanqingshan.

34 ARTS 36 The Man Who Would Be King The Royal Shakespeare Company Salutes Henry V.

38 The Good Word of Caspian Post-rock Favorites Set to Preach in Eight Cities.

58 EAT & DRINK 60 Sanhe Cang Hipper than a Haiku.

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Editor's Note

February

Double holiday, double happiness! Just as we finish one New Year, another one arrives. Not only that, but for the romantic at heart February also signals the coming of Valentine’s Day, that most saccharine (yet still beloved) of holidays. We’ll be publishing the lowdown on Valentine’s Day dinners, CNY staycations and more festive treats on our website at the beginning of the month, so make sure to visit www.thatsmags.com if you’re spending the holidays in town. As a short but sweet preview, we’ve gathered six of our favorite date spots on p58. Plus, in honor of the Earth’s largest human migration, p20 features a photo essay on rail travel around the Middle Kingdom. Whether you’re going to be stuck on a plane for a few hours or staying bundled up at home – out of the 20-year-low temperatures that Guangdong province has been experiencing recently – this issue packs in the stories. Most topically, we’re taking a look at China’s first stab at controlling the manufacture and use of unmanned aerial vehicles. Turn to p12 for a summary of the brand-new laws released last month, as well as opinions from manufacturers and average citizens on the regulations. A lot of people have been talking about the slump in China’s economy, but what hasn’t mirrored that slump is property prices. As the demand for housing in cities continues to grow, we examine how people purchase homes in a country where the government owns all the land, and what hoops expats have to jump through in order to invest in a residential nest egg (p16). For fans of Mika who were disappointed by his last-minute gig cancellation last time around, the spunky pop star has rescheduled his appearance in Shenzhen to this month. You can find our previous interview with him on our website. In other arts news, one of Britain’s most critically acclaimed theater groups is coming to Hong Kong. We don’t normally cover events over the border in great detail, but the Royal Shakespeare Company is something to shout about, especially when they’re doing a triple-bill: Henry IV, Part 1, Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V. Those few, those happy few, those bands of brothers who manage to get tickets to all three performances will be royally rewarded. Check out p36 for an interview with the cast. To finish with something fun, have a look at our piece on the rise of the mustache, that perennially elegant face adornment that is growing in popularity with Shenzhen’s most debonair denizens (p28). I wish you all a very happy Chinese New Year! Tom Lee Editor in Chief

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thinker, referred to being husband and wife as “the greatest of human roles.” Today, however, the landscape of modern China looks starkly different. The one-child policy has ensured that by 2020, China will have almost 24 million more men than women aged 20 to 45. That statistic has led some women to sit back and wait for Mr. Right, scoffing at men who pursue passionate careers instead of making a fortune. It also led Xie Zuoshi, an economics professor at Zhejiang University of Finance and Economics, to suggest last October that two men be allowed to share one wife – advice that met considerable backlash. Natalie Song, a model and entertainment agent in Guangzhou, says she’s been asked so many times by friends and relatives to find available suitors that she decided to set up speed-dating nights once a month. The demands she hears from participants, however, remain overwhelmingly shallow. “Very generally speaking, the number-one thing that matters to women is the men’s jobs, and to men, women’s appearances. I’ve found that lots of so-called ‘leftover women’ are single just because they wouldn’t lower their expectations and not because they don’t have options.” Song doesn’t allow matchmaking agencies to join in her Come Meet Me events, striving instead to fashion an environment young people will genuinely enjoy, but many social mixers across the country will invite middlemen to act as quasi-real estate agents, ready to represent

Lonely Valentine

I dread going home for Spring Festival,” Wang Tingting pouts, tucking a strand of glossy black hair behind one ear. “My relatives constantly ask about my ‘direction’ in life, which I know means, ‘Do you have a boyfriend yet?’” At 25, Tingting is hardly at the age where single life should be a serious cause for concern. Yet many traditional families in China believe a woman’s mid-20s are her last chance to pair off before joining the ranks of shengnu (剩女) or ‘leftover women’ – an official word referring to females over the age of 27, adopted into the Chinese language by the government in 2007. Given the sheer size of China’s population, the number of singles in the country sounds staggering – there are nearly 200 million unmarried adults as of December 2015. Yet, when taken in perspective, that number accounts for only 14.6 percent of China’s entire population, which is insignificant compared to the proportion of singles in the US (50.2 percent) or the UK (51 percent). China’s standards for marriage can be traced to historic philosophies. Early Confucian texts encouraged women to marry in their mid-20s, but only after receiving a proper education. Confucius saw the union as a way to create balance between the male yang and female yin qualities, thereby promoting stability in society and even politics. Mencius, a third-century BCE Confucian

Single and (Not) Ready to Mingle

by Jocelyn Richards

TALES OF THE CITY

and sell single individuals. In the Quartz article ‘I was a 23-year-old guy at a 4,000-person Chinese singles party’ published last November, author Huang Zheping describes his experience at a dating event in Baoshan, Shanghai. As a tall, young man with a master’s degree and Shanghai hukou whose family planned to buy him an apartment before marrying, Huang was a “precious resource” to agents. “One matchmaker guaranteed she would never charge me a penny if I found a date with her agency,” Huang writes. “She said the ordinary charge for a woman ranged from several hundred to several thousand yuan.” According to Huang, the agency had a shocking gender ratio: one male to four females. China is facing a bizarre time where women, proportionally rare gems in society, rely more on agencies than men to ensure they acquire a decent proposal. It’s a case where cultural factors – i.e. the belief that women should marry early or a desire to find a wealthy suitor – are skewing the forces of supply and demand. Heading into February, the dreary month recognized for its 24-hour barrage of red roses and candy hearts, there’s no doubt many will be spending the holiday alone, curled up with a good novel or absorbed in Making a Murder. At the end of the day, though, it’s important to remember you are anything but alone – an army of 200 million stands with you, relishing the fleeting freedom of independence.

> the next come meet me speed-dating session for english speakers will be held on sun, Feb 14 (Valentine’s Day) at 7.30pm at Q bar in the westin, guangzhou, 6 Linhe Zhong Lu, tianhe District, guangzhou 广州市天河区林和中路6号, 广州海航威斯汀酒店 (8600 9099). to reserve a ticket or view upcoming event announcements, follow the official wechat account: come-meet-me

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DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?

“I only got 10 yuan, and then I had to hand back 500 yuan. Anyway, it is my fault, and I broke the rule.” After a cell phone ban during work hours was enacted at a company in Chengdu, laoban Mr. Luo sent out a hongbao on WeChat worth RMB60 to a small group of mid-level management employees to see if he could catch anyone disobeying the new company policy. Sure enough, employees couldn’t resist and almost immediately opened the envelope, later receiving a fine of RMB500. Although some may argue that Mr. Luo’s methods were not noble, his employees have acknowledged fault. Can’t say we blame them, though. Who doesn’t love receiving hongbao? And perhaps even more importantly, who doesn’t like to check their phone during work hours?

Food delivery got stepped up a notch – a RMB8,000,000 notch, that is – in Chengdu early last January, when a man was spotted shooting around town in a Lamborghini to deliver food. Caviar, you’re thinking? Nope. Baozi. The driver, the owner of a newly opened local restaurant, reportedly justified this luxurious method of delivery by claiming that he simply wanted to ensure the restaurant-to-customer transaction went as smoothly as possible, and to eliminate any chance of food contamination. The food probably doesn’t taste any better just because it is delivered in a car worth more than a year’s rent, but there’s a good chance that you’ll feel more badass eating it. RANDOM NUMBER

330,000 cubic meters The amount of snow and ice required to build this year’s Ice & Snow Sculptures in Harbin Even the most skilled Eskimo architect would be impressed by the numbers boasted by the International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival in Harbin this month: over 333,000 cubic meters of snow and ice have been masterfully crafted into frozen creations to create a chilly winter wonderland that includes elaborate buildings, sculptures and landscapes. The festival covers over 750,000 square meters and is expected to attract millions of visitors during its short spell in Harbin. If you’re going, be sure to layer up and brace for the cold – local temperatures are expected to range from minus 13 to minus 23 Celsius. 1 0 | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | g Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m


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YWIES & ycis Hold Annual International Charity Concert

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n the evening of January 23, students from the Yew Wah International Education School (YWIES) and Yew Chung International School (YCIS) came together in song on behalf of the Seeds of Hope initiative. Performing at the Xinghai Concert Hall on Ersha Island, the concert featured talented students and staff from the music programs of YWIES and YCIS schools in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Qingdao, Chongqing, Yantai and even Silicon Valley in California. The program, presented to a full audience of parents and members of the school community, featured a mix of Chinese and English scores, with stunning performances by the International Orchestra of YCIS and YWIES, chamber orchestra, combined choir, YWIES Guangzhou Orchestra, YWIES Guangzhou violin group and YWIES Guangzhou primary choir, as well as spectacular routines from Mamma Mia by student dancers. The concert concluded with students gathering around the audience to sing an inspiring rendition of ‘Seeds of Hope,’ a song composed by Mr. Gary Sanderson – the music director, orchestra conductor and composer of YCIS schools in Hong Kong and Yew Chung schools across mainland China. “The students here have shown promise, and hopefully tonight’s concert will give them the opportunity to move a little higher up the ladder of musical achievement and offer the chance of valuable stage experience,” said Mr. Sanderson. Co-principals Miss Shannon Shang and Mr. Tin Yau Ip praised participants who dedicated personal time to join in the concert. “What makes this concert extra meaningful is that our students have not only helped by donating money, but they have also shown their care by taking part in the concert. The amount of time put into practicing their pieces is also testament to their dedication and commitment.” Launched in 2011, the Seeds of Hope charity project offers aid to underprivileged schools across China, while establishing cultural exchanges with ‘Yew Chung Yew Wah Seeds of Hope Schools’ in various provinces.

Since 2008, the charity has raised more than RMB3,000,000 for six rural schools in Sichuan, Hebei, Shandong, Guangdong, Anhui and Chongqing. “With the establishment of a new school – whether a Yew Chung or Yew Wah school, or indeed a Seeds of Hope school – we are reminded yet again how privileged and blessed we are as an organization, and as human beings,” said Dr. Betty Chan, Director of YWIES and YCIS. During volunteer ‘Seeds’ trips, students and teachers from YCIS and YWIES schools traveled to Seeds of Hope schools to engage in activities such as English workshops, service projects, teacher training and cultural exchanges. This year, the Seeds of Hope charity concert was dedicated to Huadong Jiuyi School, built nearly 20 years ago in a small town near Baiyun Airport. All proceeds from the concert will help renovate outdated facilities as well as restock the school’s library. Charity projects are a central part of Yew Wah International Education Schools and Yew Chung International Schools, which offer a pioneering philosophy and an authentic English learning environment for students in Hong

Kong and mainland China. The school encourages well-rounded, multilingual students who fulfill their potential equally in the sciences and the arts. Reflecting on the Seeds of Hope charity concert, Dr. Betty Chan expressed the importance of education in affecting the world locally and abroad. “Both individually and collectively, we have the rare opportunity to shape the future of our nation and the wider world through the power and promise of education, and it is a responsibility that we should not take lightly.” > yew wah international education school of guangzhou, 9 xue’er Jie, beixing, huadong town, huadu District, guangzhou 广州耀华国际教育学校 广州市花都区花东镇北兴学而街9号 (020 8683 2662, www.ywies-gz.com)

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Will New Chinese Laws Ground Quadcopters? BY Natallia Slimani, photos courtesy of ProDrone and Daniel MH Chun

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”

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hat’s that in the air? Is it a bird, is it a plane? Oh, it’s just a drone. Yes, the gadgets we used to look at with awe and bewilderment in Back to the Future are here, and they’re not even a cause for a traffic stop anymore. We seem to be moving into an interesting time, when things once conceived as mere sci-fi are now here and airborne. The only question left to answer is this: what do we do with them? From taking pictures inside erupting volcanoes to delivering Taobao packages, there is no shortage of ideas for what unmanned aerial vehicles can do. Things get a bit more complicated when we start figuring out what they can’t do – or rather, shouldn’t. A wave of regulation bills has swept the globe for these intriguing, and sometimes intrusive, pieces of technology, with many a state in the US competing for the title of the one with the strictest laws. As this article is being written, drone owners in America have just been told they will need to have their UAVs registered by February 19 this year and ensure each one carries an assigned, unique identification number. The general public is not staying out of the discussion either. With the recent case of an outraged property owner shooting down a drone, it’s clear that some are determined to have their voices heard – even if it is to the accompaniment of gunshots. Let’s be honest: UAVs weren’t on their best behavior in 2015. All that crashing into the White House and upsetting airlines is sure to get you a bad name. Shenzhen is not in the headlines when it comes to drone faux-pas or the tough new rulings to prevent them – which, if you think about it, is quite

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surprising, as the city is home to some of the biggest drone manufacturers in the world. But it’s not only the manufacturing that brings the city into the midst of the UAV debate. Take a walk in the park, attend an event worth photographing or simply have a good look out of your bedroom window – there is a strong chance you will see a drone leisurely flying by. The metropolis has embraced the hobby with wide-open skies, but where do people stand on what’s right and wrong? “I don’t really see the point of regulating this thing,” says Mark Ho, engineer by day and an avid drone pilot by night. “I mean, a toy’s a toy,” he concludes. Daniel MH Chun, a travel videographer and documentary director who uses his drone for professional photography and shooting film footage, believes that there is a line demarcating acceptable usage. “If a drone is flying by, I don’t care. But if the drone is set to survey my property… that’s another story,” he opines. There are also those who are wholly against the trend. “I hate to imagine living in a city overrun by machines, whether on land or in the air,” say Marta Marishnikova, a fashion designer. “I think we need special areas where these things can fly – not just anywhere!” Up till now, drone regulations in China have been on the vague side, with licenses only required for quadcopters weighing above 116 kilograms. For hobbyists flying lighter gadgetry, rules mostly took the form of suggestions: asking pilots to avoid built-up areas or flying close to airports. However, stricter laws are on the way, according to statements from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

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Under the new restrictions, drones weighing over 25 kilograms will need to go through an “airworthiness certification” process before being allowed to operate, while all the actions performed by such devices will require a detailed flight plan submitted in advance. Even tighter statutes are being put in place for the export of locally manufactured heavy-duty quads. This includes all devices that are capable of flying for longer than one hour or hovering above 15,420 meters, which will need official approval before being shipped. The new regulations are coming in at a time when DJI – China’s biggest drone manufacturer, accounting for over 70 percent of the country’s civilian drones – has announced the release of an agricultural quadcopter that can be used for crop-dusting. For smaller drones, though – those weighing below 25 kilograms – the skies are still looking fairly free. If your lightweight UAV does not go above 150 meters, it’s exempt from certification, though you will still need to register with the aviation authority. How the recently announced edicts will be administered and controlled – and how the offenders will be punished – is still an open question, the answer to which may require quite a long wait. While remaining relatively ambiguous, the issue of UAV guidelines still seems to have fallen into the ‘sensitive’ category. When approached for their views on the current and future legal status of drones, DJI declined to comment on the topic “until the policy is clear.” With so much yet to be clarified, will drones find a way into our cities and become worthy airborne members of society, or are we heading towards a lengthy legal stand-off with no clear end in sight? We spoke to Joseph Haagensen of 1 4 | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | g Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m

ProDrone – another Shenzhen-based quad manufacturer – in hopes of shedding some light on the murky subject. ProDrone, the company that makes Byrd – a foldable and portable drone with a whopping 29-minute battery life – has already caught the attention of major international online and printed publications, like Engadget, the Wall Street Journal, National Geographic and others. What sets its product apart from others (and explains the media buzz) is portability. Byrd easily fits into a standard-sized bag and can be carried around anywhere. “Nobody wants to walk around with a big, socially unacceptable bag that screams: ‘I have a drone and I’m going to film you,’” Haagensen explains. “That’s why we’ve gone the extra mile to create something different, fill the gap in the market.” No stranger to media interest, Haagensen speaks with confidence and first-hand knowledge on the topic of proposed legislation. “We are actually moving away from ‘drone’ as a word,” Joseph mentions. “We believe ‘quadcopter’ is more suitable. “Regulations are necessary,” he continues. “And I am sure we will arrive at the right solution. It’s just a transition period; we’ve been through the same with horses and cars. It will just take time.” Haagensen claims that much of the bad news we read these days is simply exaggerated. “In reality, only 1 percent of quadcopters get in trouble,” he says, “while the remaining 99 percent are doing great things. People simply choose to spread the bad news.” According to Haagensen, one of the big things quadcopter manufacturers can do to promote safety for pilots and the general public is providing information. “These products are complicated – very often when people buy them, they simply

don’t know how to use them. Lots of quad pilots don’t do a pre-flight check before sending the gadget into the sky or don’t know how to fly in strong wind.” ProDrone is taking big steps to prevent UAV trouble in Shenzhen and the globe. It has and will continue to release detailed tutorials, helping hobbyists master its products and fly them safely. Discussing the future of quadcopters in the city, Haagensen is convinced that the possibilities are endless. “In five to 10 years, quadcopters will fill the sky. And that’s a good thing, if the city is prepared,” he says. And a city like Shenzhen definitely is. With more skyscrapers rising out of the ground and every new area featuring a more efficient layout, it seems like the young city is custom-made for the future. “I can easily see quadcopters delivering packages, hopping from skyscraper to skyscraper to charge, and going on their way,” says Haagensen. Leaving commercial convenience aside, delivering medicine to adventurers and explorers in far-out places or helping firefighters and rescue teams are also possibilities for the handy invention – in fact, they’re some of the most beguiling reasons for supporting UAVs. With so much potential and a fair amount of controversy, it seems the drone is like any other rising star. Everything it does is under the microscope, with paparazzi lurking behind every corner trying to catch its worst moments and turn them into click-bait headlines. So, what’s the quad to do? The answer is in the hands of pilots and corporations. If we want to see the future from a bird’s-eye view, look at our world at a different angle, facilitate rescue operations and get our packages from the sky, it requires sensible citizens provided with clear operational instructions. Quadcopters come with the amazing potential to make cities more efficient, help those in need and bring that extra whiff of excitement into our lives. All it takes is watching a few tutorials and taking simple safety precautions.


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The Property Puzzle

What Can You Own - and for How Long? BY Tristin Zhang

The Property Puzzle

With the everrising value of Chinese property, owning a home on the mainland is an increasingly attractive prospect. Many, however, are confused about the laws governing property ownership – and we’re not just talking about expatriates. Investing in a housing property is a difficult decision, particularly when you consider the soaring prices. These prices are in part due to the 350 million people that are predicated to migrate from the countryside to China’s cities between 2005 and 2025, according to management consultancy McKinsey. Whether buying old mansions or brand-new apartments, you will need to look into the nuts and bolts of Chinese policy. To solve this purchasing puzzle, we spoke to Li Xiaolin, a lawyer with 10 years of housing property expertise in Guangzhou's BY Tristin Zhang Lawsons Law Office.

What Can You Ownand for How Long?

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The Question of Ownership

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fficially, the PRC is still a socialist country; a ‘people’s republic’ led by the proletariat. So, what does that mean in real terms? Here’s the bottom line: nobody can own land but the state. That’s the official position. Instead, companies and individuals lease land from the government for defined periods of time and pay taxes for using it. How much tax depends on the type of buildings erected on the land, varying from offices and residences to factories, as stipulated in the Property Law of the People’s Republic of China. Any housing bought is built upon stateowned square meters. Because of this, one of the most frequent concerns for potential buyers is whether their purchases might suddenly be reclaimed. Li, however, is reassuring on this point: “The ownership of a property is indubitably full, with fees paid for using the land occupied varying according to the nature of the property, i.e. industrial, business and residential properties. Urban land used for constructing these three categories of building is leased from the state for 40-, 50- and 70-year terms respectively.”

Put simply, anything you buy, you own, despite the fact that it is upon leased land – and if that still worries you, rest assured that when the lease runs out, it is automatically renewed, at least for land used for “construction for dwelling houses.” (Land not used for construction of dwelling houses is “renewed according to legal provisions.”) People in possession of beautiful old structures that were erected long before the current regulations came into effect, like Beijing’s siheyuan (courtyard homes), Shanghai’s lilong (lane houses) and Guangzhou’s Dongshankou red-brick edifices, were required to register their

holdings in May 1990, and the timer on the lease started from that point. It’s worth noting that when a building is transferred from one person or company to another, the lease is not reset. It still stems either from May 1990 or when the land was originally rented from the state. All of the above is stated quite clearly in the Property Law of the PRC. What is less clear is what the fee to extend the lease will be and how exactly the whole process will work, since nobody has yet seen the law applied. Or as Li puts it, “no payment of land use fees has been witnessed and its regulations are yet to be specified.”

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Taxes and Fees

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irst the good news: property tax is not levied in China’s cities, except for in Shanghai and Chongqing. Nevertheless, there are a lot of other fees, especially for expats. Deed tax is 1.5 to 5 percent, varying by city. Buying a standard apartment for the first time in Guangzhou comes with a 1.5 percent deed tax, though this is lowered to 1 percent for apartments smaller than 90 square meters. For villas and other luxury real estate that exceed 144 square meters, the tax rises to 3 percent. Although buyers don’t pay commission to developers, they pay 1 to 3 percent commission to the real estate agent, while vendors pay the same fee to the agent and 5 percent capital gains tax if the home is owned for less than five years. Since 2010, foreign buyers have to pay a 7 percent urban maintenance tax as well when buying a property in cities. Moreover, they will be charged a 0.1 to 0.3 percent notary fee.

Expat Restrictions

T Before 2006 – Expatriates are able to buy properties, providing merely passports and visas.

2009 – Taxation is instituted for foreign investors selling assets owned in China.

July 2006 – Alongside five other governmental organs, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development (MHURD) proclaims that overseas companies’ China branches and foreign nationals living in China for a minimum of one year can buy property, solely for their own use.

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he policy regarding foreign companies and individuals purchasing property in China has gone up and down a lot in the past decade (just take a look at the 10-year timeline). Although expats are now officially able to buy more than one home, restrictions vary in different cities. In Guangzhou, those without a local hukou (household registration) can only buy one property, effectively limiting foreigners to a single purchase. On top of the legal residence permit, expats need to prepare a declaration form proclaiming that the property is solely for their own use, while residents from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan must supply a certificate attesting income tax paid for 12 consecutive months in the city, according to Li. While this may seem restrictive, the policy regarding migrant Chinese is actually harsher. “Those who don’t have a local hukou are not entitled to buy properties until they pay income tax or social insurance for three consecutive years,” says Li. “They are limited to purchasing only one property in contrast to two for those with a local hukou.”

August 27, 2015 – Regulations limiting foreign individuals to owning one property are abolished by the Ministry of Commerce. A requirement that foreign investors should have paid their registered capital in full before borrowing local loans is removed.

November 2010 – The MHURD, along with the Ministry of Commerce, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange and the central bank, make revisions to prior regulations, specifying that expats working or studying in China for over one year can purchase one property.


Local banks such as Bank of China and Industrial and Commercial Bank of China offer renminbi-denominated mortgages only, with interest rate starting from 5 percent. Multinationals such as HSBC and Standard Chartered, and regional lenders such as Bank of East Asia and DBS, offer mortgages in foreign currencies, including Hong Kong and Singaporean dollars. Foreign banks have a limited presence in China but compensate by offering personalized service, loan applications and other materials in English. To qualify for a mortgage, you must prepare an income tax certificate to prove payment of 12 consecutive months’ taxation, in addition to a residence permit and work permit that prove you have lived in China for at least one year. For your first home, you will have to make a minimum 30 percent down payment, which is challenging considering foreign exchange rules limit expatriates to converting USD50,000 into renminbi per year. (Exceeding this amount requires approval from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange.) It’s common knowledge that today poor peasants can make millions off the sale of their land. Developers, eager to snap up suburban space on the edge of the country’s metropolises, pay huge amounts to secure what were once arable farms, turning them into fancy new villas and modern apartment blocks. Hold on, didn’t we just say that nobody can own land in the PRC? Well, it turns out Chinese farmers sort of can: when it comes to rural areas, collectives are entitled to sell land in the free market, thanks to the Household Contracting Responsibility System. This regulation, which also applies to urban villages, came into being in the late 70s, before being adopted nationwide in the 80s as part of Deng Xiaoping’s economic reform policy. The Law of the PRC on Land Contract in Rural Areas provides legal guarantees for farmers' long-term and secured land-use rights. That’s how former tillers of the soil can become independently wealthy overnight. A duplex villa in downtown Seattle owned by Bill Gates is worth USD500,000 (approximately RMB3 million). This amount can barely buy a 90-square-meter apartment in Shenzhen’s far north Longhua District. A villa in an upscale housing estate in New Zealand costs NZD400,000 (approximately RMB1.7 million), equivalent to a pre-owned 90-square-meter apartment in non-central neighborhoods of Beijing. Hong Kong-based Christopher Dillon is a Canadian writer, entrepreneur and author of the book series Landed. His book Landed China, released in 2013, includes cases studies and data about property purchased by expatriates in China.

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eading about China’s rail network has become as much a part of the New Year tradition as fireworks and mahjong. Photos of crowded stations, infographics showing the scale of urban exodus and tales of travel nightmares are coming to a screen near you. This year, the Ministry of Transport expects almost 300 million rail journeys to be made over the holiday period. But for German photographer Lukas von Rantzau – who spent a month traversing and photographing China’s high-speed rail network – the Chunjie reality never matched the forewarnings. “It was less extreme than I’d been led to expect,” he says. “Tickets were hard to get, that’s true, but I got the ones I wanted. On the high-speed rail it wasn’t crammed at all, and on the low-speed train, it was pretty full, but not as crazy as expected. I’m sorry I can’t contribute a war story!” Instead of a system creaking with overcapacity, von Rantzau’s collection presents a vision of modernity. The photographs, which were taken at stations across the 19,000 kilometers of track making up China’s highspeed network, reflect his fascination with the ways in which the country is simultaneously developed and developing. “The high-speed rail is practically unconnected to the traditional rail network, so it’s new tracks, new train stations, new every2 2 | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | g Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m

thing,” he says. “In Germany, for example, high-speed rail is an augmentation of the regular train network, so it doesn’t have the same infrastructure around it. “In China, it’s entirely purpose-built. It’s all running on these pillars – these 10-meterhigh bridges – so it’s like being on a very lowflying airplane. When the Beijing-Shanghai link opened, it encompassed the longest and second-longest bridges in the world. “I think it compares very favorably to the German high-speed rail. It’s much faster and more comfortable – and overall more amazing.” But despite this, von Rantzau’s images possess a vintage quality that contrasts with the subject matter they depict. Every photograph in the series was shot with a Leica R7 – a camera that became available in 1992, 15 years before the first high-speed rail journey was made in China. “It belongs to the granddad of a very good friend of mine,” he says of the camera. “He lets me use it with the expectation that every now and then I send him some pictures that I’ve taken with it. It uses 35-millimeter color film, which I get developed. Then all the post-processing is digital.” The resulting photographs display a certain symmetry and uniformity. But while the photographer admits that there were some similarities between the stations he visited (“there was a McDonald’s and KFC at almost

every one”), it was their differences that were more striking. “They’re actually quite different, or at least there are a few different types of stations. My impression is that the major cities have their unique designs and then the smaller cities imitate them. “Beijing South is oval, strangely, while Shanghai is just a huge tube-like hall. The Nanjing station is really interesting – it has traditional Chinese architectural elements on the outside with these red pillars. Then the Shenzhen and Guangzhou ones are a bit different again. They have this ‘wave’ shape on their roofs that the others don’t.” Yet, there was one thing that all the stations had in common: enormity. “The more you travel around China, the more you realize how massive this railway project is,” he explains. “And this is very literally reflected in the train stations, which are just huge, gigantic. You wonder: Why do they make them so big? Was it an assertion of power by the people who built them? Did they want you to feel small? Or is to plan for future capacity? “Riding these trains made me understand that there were so many things that I didn’t understand. It was an eye-opening experience that helped me realize that China is not what I thought it was.” see more of Lukas von rantzau’s photographs on his websites www.lupho.de and www.transportmuseum.net


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A Man with Ink Street Calligraphy Artist by Ziyi Yuan, photos by Daniel Chun

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t’s cold, it’s raining, it’s early. As commuters rush into the subway in hopes of snatching a seat, shaking off their umbrellas as they go, a thin man in dark clothing still manages to gather a small crowd. Quite a peculiar sight for a wet Wednesday morning, he’s doing calligraphy. The classic skill is impressive in itself, but doing it with arms amputated above the elbows seems almost impossible. Yet, there he is. Yang Yonghong is a street artist, specializing in Li calligraphy – an ancient form from the Han dynasty. Having lost his forearms at the age of 7, his first job was selling newspapers on the street. However, ever since Yang discovered the art of calligraphy over eight years ago, he has been devoted to it. “Now, I cannot stop doing this. If people find a job they really love, they never get bored with it,” he tells us. Two Chinese brushes, a couple sheaves of xuan paper and a bottle of ink – these are all the tools Yang needs to create his art. He brings several of his completed works to his stand as well – sometimes he can sell them to customers directly. Other times, he will need to paint a “fresh” one. As Yang shows us his process, speckles of black settle on his arms and face. “With so much ink around, this happens all the time,” he remarks. “This is why I wear dark grey clothes. Otherwise I would look dirty every day.”

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Despite the fact that Yang has lots of regular customers, he admits that working on the street is dangerous Yang opens a bottle of ink with his mouth and pours it into a small box. He picks up a brush. We ask him to write down anything he wants. He draws a complicated Chinese character meaning ‘insist’ – a symbol quite fitting for the young man pushing through disability for his art. He remembers how he first picked up the brush and the people – teachers – who inspired and encouraged him to improve his skills and carry on. “Everyone has a big dream, he says, “but once people take the first step, that’s all it takes for it to come true”. Despite the fact that Yang has lots of regular customers, he admits that working on the street is dangerous. He recalls a day when all of his implements were seized by the chengguan in Baishizhou and his works torn to pieces. Since that incident, he prefers to do most of his painting at home – especially during holidays and times when there may be extra patrols on the street.

When he does set up outside, he makes sure to move around frequently to avoid trouble. As tiresome as that may be, Yang prefers to stay on the safe side. He lives far from all of his painting spots, but is quite happy with how much he pays in rent. “It’s only 600 yuan – quite fair for a single man,” he proudly tells us. Yang finishes up another piece and stamps it with his name. The characters are barely visible on the paper, but Yang doesn’t seem to mind. It’s all about the calligraphy. As we get ready to head back, the rain picks up again. More people pour down the subway entrance, rushing past Yang’s stand. Some steal a quick glance, while others simply hurry by. It’s getting dark, and Yang’s spot is starting to get lost in the pre-sunset mist. He picks up his few tools and barrow, and heads into the rain, his artwork and his dreams perfectly intact.

THE DIRTY DETAILS

Monthly salary: RMB1,000-6,000 Days per week: Typically every day (depending on the weather)

Hours per day: 10 (longer in summer)

> man on the street is a monthly feature where we talk to someone doing an everyday job, in order to get an insight into the lives of normal chinese people.


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Get Up and Stay Up Erectile dysfunction is a sensitive topic, but it is a problem that affects more guys then you may think. It’s hard to know for sure, but an estimated 15 to 30 million men in the US alone have issues getting or sustaining an erection. ED may not be a topic you want to discuss with your mates, but it is worth bringing it up with your acupuncturist. In many cases it can be treated. Getting an erection may seem like a simple biological process. Get turned on and then up it goes. When you were a teenager it may have seemed embarrassingly easy to get one. Actually, it is a very complex process that starts with mental or physical stimulation and then relies on responses in your brain, nerves, blood vessels, muscles and connective tissues. There is a lot going on, and thus there is scope for things to go wrong. From our view in Chinese medicine, getting an erection and keeping it long enough for sex relies on the integrated functions of your heart, kidneys and liver. Your heart pumps the blood needed to fill your penis,

the kidney gives the warm and dynamic yang energy needed for libido and sexual function. Your liver and kidney energy pathways cross through the external genitals, and your heart and liver together maintain a harmonious emotional and mental state. In general, I find that erectile problems in younger and middle-aged men are more likely to be caused by an imbalance in heart energy due to emotional stress. In older men, it is often a decline in kidney energy. All age groups can have blood stagnation blocking blood flow to the phallus. Treatment involves acupuncture, often combined with herbal medicine, and lifestyle advice regarding diet, exercise and stress man-

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Strength in Numbers One evening last December, a few nights before the finale party for the fifth K2Fit Challenge, the judges gathered in my living room and began deliberating which participants had achieved the most impressive transformation of their bodies and fitness levels. I sat to the side and didn’t say much, but when the judges determined their top choices, I recognized a theme that I had suspected before: of the 12 winners, five were from the same online K2Fit Challenge chat group and team. They were good mates both online and in real life. This couldn’t be a coincidence. We know that when you work out with a buddy you are likely to be more motivated, more consistent and more enthusiastic with your training. You’re going to push yourself harder due to friendly competition and the desire to keep up with friends. So what happens when you take that one workout buddy and multiply it by a few dozen? What kind of results can you achieve when your workout buddies are also your main social circle? One thing I noticed early on with the winning participants was that they had an 2 6 | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | g Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m

experienced leader (and former challenge winner) mentoring them and reminding them frequently to keep pursuing their goals – while still having fun. Because he knew about health and fitness, he could be supportive in many ways. But he didn’t always have to be the one organizing workouts or healthy meals – everyone in the group stepped up to the plate! They all had great ideas and plans for ways to win the challenge and felt comfortable sharing and trying those ideas with each other. That's the second thing that stood out about these guys and gals – they really are close friends, made even closer by finding healthy alternatives to the classic routine of ‘go out –

agement. Regular readers of my column may get tired of hearing about diet and exercise, but poor eating habits, not enough physical exertion, excessive alcohol intake and smoking can eventually lead to health problems that damage blood vessels and therefore contribute to erectile dysfunction. A final word on treatment. Many men let their imaginations run to rather scary places when considering Chinese medical treatment for ED. Let me put your mind at ease. The typical points used are on the lower belly and the legs. No needles will go in your penis. Regarding herbs, you will not receive tiger penis in your prescription. Instead you will mostly have a mix of roots and leaves. So don’t let fear of the treatment stop you from getting help with erectile dysfunction. It is all reassuringly dull and is quite a common reason that men come to see me. > Jon hanlon is a chinese medical practitioner, raised in the us, trained in australia, now healing the sick in guangzhou. you can contact him for a booking on 185 0202 5594 or jon@ guangzhouacupuncture.com

eat – drink – drink – go home.’ They tried new things together, such as participating in Hashes, hiking new trails in the region and trying new fad workouts just for fun. (Squat challenge, anybody?) They organized potlucks with new healthy recipes and joined healthy cooking classes, creating a great way to bond with friends with amazing healthy side effects! Of course, the K2Fit 10-week Challenge is not easy – and the participants in this group had moments when they wanted to give in to temptation, sleep in instead of work out, choose chips instead of a salad, skip the gym and go straight home at the end of a long day. But when you have 10 to 20 of your buds encouraging, inspiring and believing in you, it’s awfully hard to let them down! Think you and your social circle can match these guys? Well, the next K2Fit Challenge starts in March. Get your friends together, motivate and encourage each other and show each other how great you all can be! > Kara wutzke is a fitness trainer who offers boot camps and individual classes in guangzhou, as well as running the K2Fit challenge, a 10-week guided fitness competition for those who want to tone up or slim down. she can be contacted by emailing k2fit.gz@gmail.com or through wechat iD: KaraK2Fit


Daytripper

Nansha Tin Hau Palace While downtown Guangzhou certainly doesn’t boast any temples or buildings that can compete with Beijing’s Summer Palace, in outlying Nansha District there is a similarstyle attraction that demands a visit from those living in, or visiting, the PRD. Staring proudly upon the Lingding Ocean, at the mouth of the Pearl River, the Nansha Tin Hau Palace boasts architecture similar to that of the Forbidden City and panoramic views that are a welcome respite from skyscrapers and office blocks. Originally built in the Ming Dynasty, the structure was renovated during the reign of Emperor Qianlong, in the Qing Dynasty, but was later ruined, leading to a 1994 restoration that was completed in 1996. It is dedicated to the goddess Mazu, a deity often referred to as ‘Goddess of the Sea.’ Her almighty-ness is said to safeguard sailors, fisherman and others traveling aboard boats. Temples and statues of Mazu can be found throughout coastal China, as well as in Japan, Malaysia and other nations in the region – not to mention a couple in the US and Australia. Visitors to the Nansha Tin Hau Palace will be excited to know that, at

roughly 247 acres, it’s allegedly the largest Mazu temple in Southeast Asia. Every visit starts with an obligatory walk past the almost 50-foot-tall statue of Mazu. Made from 365 pieces of granite, the effigy is undoubtedly one of the temple’s highlights, and it makes for an impressive Instagram or WeChat selfie. Venturing beyond this towards the main temple gate, visitors will pass the Hall of Blessing, where devotees honor an empress sculpture guarded by the gods of the sea. From there your journey moves upward – the temple is built on the southeastern slope of Dajiao Mountain – via seemingly endless staircases toward Nanling Tower, the highest point in the palace. Along the way to the tower, guests pass numerous shrines and halls (the main hall being the most impressive, housing two large Mazu statues) as well as shops selling incense, spiritual trinkets and, in some cases, beer. The eight-story Nanling Tower is where the most impressive views are found, offering the dedicated adventurer outlooks of the ocean, temple complex and surrounding countryside. Climbing to its summit is highly encouraged. In addition to statues and stairs, the religious compound also hosts seven garrisons that are together known as the Dajiao Mountain Forts. These defensive buildings were listed as National Priority Cultural Relic Protection Sites in 1982. If climbing stairs up the side of a mountain doesn’t sound like your ideal adventure, the areas surrounding the massive Mazu statue are composed of gardens and ponds that offer their own kind of ‘spiritual’ serenity. MB

How to get there : take guangzhou metro Line 4 to Jinzhou station and then take nansha bus no. 4 to the east gate of tin hau palace. alternatively, hop on the back of a moto-scooter at Jinzhou station and ride to the temple in style! (cost for a scooter from the metro to the temple should average around rmb20.) > Daytripper is a monthly column that aims to help people get the most out of their prD experience by proposing fun excursions that can be made in a single day to explore the local culture and nature of the region. w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m | G Z | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | 2 7


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symbol of manliness, elegance, tradition, rebellion and nonconformity all in one, it’s hard to imagine a natural accessory more versatile and enigmatic than the mustache. From scientists and rock stars to comedians and evil masterminds, the stache has traveled through history in different shapes (and on different lips) and has arrived in the present as a thing of fashion, creativity and a tribute to healthy living. Coined in 1585, according to the Oxford Dictionary, the word mustache carries the heritage of French, Italian, Latin and Greek cultures. While possessing a long, adventure-filled history in the Western world, this upper-lip ornament has not really caught on in China. However, things may be looking up for facial fur. With the Movember movement taking root in Hong Kong and sprouting through the neighborhood, Shenzhen seems to be welcoming more and more trendy handlebar-sporting gents among expat and local residents. We were able to catch up with a few.

Bringing Back the Mustache

By Ziyi Yuan

Lipholstery Tools of the Trade

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Growing a mouth-brow is just the first step. In order to become a worthy member of the mustache mafia, you’ll need to pick up some grooming techniques and appliances. Trim scissors: Basic grooming tool that keeps hair looking neat and growing in a proper, organized manner. Safety razor: Lets you get into tight places and ensure the area around your mustache is tidy and clean. Mustache wax: A thick pomade that holds hairs in place, especially at the extremities. The wax comes with various levels of stiffness. Your choice will be guided by style and length. Mustache comb. Choose one made from natural materials as opposed to oil-stripping plastic kinds. Comb your mustache regularly for a smooth and lustrous look.


The Fashion Icon

Freddy Curiél was one of the organizers of Shenzhen’s very first Movember party. An architect by trade and seasoned mustacheer since college, he is also the founder and visionary behind the mustache-friendly clothing line M-stash. Having a truly spiritual connection to his soup strainer, Curiél made sure that shaving it off after Movember was no simple swipe of the razor. Instead, he traveled the world to sprinkle bits of it in different countries. This journey of self-discovery contributed to Freddy taking on the role of Movember ambassador in Shenzhen.

A Man of Tradition

Carmello Orefice, the current title holder of Shenzhen’s Best Mustache Award, is an exchange student at Shenzhen University and makes frequent cameos in local commercials and ads. Orefice’s lip rug is a symbol of connection to his father and a tribute to the long-standing tradition of Italian manliness, he says. It has also helped him land a number of interesting gigs in the city and spread the word about his chic hobby.

Lucky Lady Tickler

Jimmy Jiang used to work as a designer in Hong Kong, but gave up his career in the big city for a healthier option – he now owns a popular juice bar in Shenzhen called Jenergy. He is one of the few Chinese men with a genuine mustache, which he has dubbed ‘lucky.’ Why? When young Jiang was getting ready for an important job interview, his parents advised him to impress the human resources person with a clean shaven face. He obeyed but didn’t get the position. So next time around he kept the facial hair – and bingo, employment. These days he keeps his auspicious amulet in top shape with regular grooming.

A Personal Choice

Just like a fancy new hairdo, a lip toupee can be a striking element of your individuality. Pedro Arthur Paludo Missau has never attended a mustache event in his life, yet is the proud owner of a luxuriant bush of bristles. In between his modeling and acting work, Missau finds time to catch up on the latest tache trends by watching videos on the web. For him, it’s all a matter of personal choice and style.

A Way to ‘Grow Up’

Leroy Wang, a Taipei native, keeps his mustache for a very practical reason – it makes him look more mature, experienced and, to some extent, reliable. Having always appeared young for his age, Leroy hopes a bit of mouth drapery will keep his boyish good looks concealed from the harsh outside world and give him an air of authority and worldly sophistication.

A Close Friend

While some get a mustache for aesthetic reasons and others to send a message to the world, it’s nice to know that there are those out there for whom a hair caterpillar is simply a close friend. Mike Jordan, photographer, educator and bar owner, speaks of his mustache as a good ol’ buddy: “It’s like a furry little friend that keeps your face warm and holds onto a few crumbs for you to snack on later. Without a mustache, I would be missing a good friend.”

The Three Mustacheers

Daniel Chun works in an advertising company and embarked on his mustachioed adventure to keep up with his colleagues. Since the other two members of his team both had full-on facial hair, Daniel thought that acquiring some of his own would help give his crew a more unified look. But there is more to Chun’s mustache than just keeping up with the Joneses. “It makes a man manly,” he proudly concludes.

Movember: A Tribute to Being a Man

While the Pink Ribbon Foundation has continually received attention from global audiences, men’s health seemed to stay under the international charity radar – until 2010. That’s when the Movember Foundation came into being. Aiming to “change the face of men’s health,” the organization encourages men to stop shaving their upper lips during the month of November to raise awareness for prostate cancer. w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m | G Z | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | 2 9


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Every once in a while, fashion grants us a must-have clothing item for the season that’s dependable, comfortable and probably already part of your wardrobe. Last year it was the turtleneck. This year, it’s the collared shirt. This old classic was all over the catwalks for spring/summer 2016, often reworked in slouchy shapes and block colors, geometric patterns or floral motifs. You might not be able to wear one without an additional layer (or five) right now, but this is a staple that works any time of year. Here’s our edit of some of the neatest pieces around.

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Thrones of the Gods The Supreme Purity of Sanqingshan BY Tom Lee, photos by Jocelyn Richards

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t is common in China’s national parks to identify human and animal shapes in the scenery. In the Rainbow Mountains of Gansu, for instance, several of the colorful mounds are said to resemble kowtowing monks. Nearer to home, Guangdong’s Danxia Mountain park is renowned for its coyly named ‘male and female’ rocks – one supposedly looks like a circumcised penis, the other (a mere hole in the wall) a gaping vagina. It seems to be de rigueur wherever you go: as you wend your way along a path, a plaque will appear authoritatively announcing that the large stone before you looks exactly like a mother and child huddling together, while the one over there is the spitting image of a panda. “Do you see it?” your guide may ask, if you’ve chosen to hire one. “Tilt your head a bit, stand exactly on this spot.” If you squint, you may just be able to make out the pseudo-likeness. Nodding and smiling at the cicerone, you politely feign enthusiasm while secretly wishing you could just inhale the fresh air and marvel at the incredible vistas before you – without having to pick out the flimsiest resemblance between the petrified tree over there and a wombat. That was certainly how we felt on a recent trip to Sanqingshan in Jiangxi, a province with a remarkable array of natural wonders, from impressive mountain ranges to China’s largest

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freshwater lake. After 10 minutes of staring at a granite pillar attempting to see a snake, we decided to ignore the rest of the stone menagerie and instead focus on the gorgeous natural beauty that surrounded us on every side. Mount Sanqing is named for the three pure ones, the holy trinity of Taoism. Some say that the trio of highest peaks represents the august deities themselves. Others describe them as thrones from which Yuanshi Tianzun, Lingbao Tianzun and Daode Tianzun look down upon the splendor of creation. It’s a brilliantly clear day when we set foot upon the UNESCO Word Heritage site. This is considered slightly bad luck, as in wetter weather the mountains become wreathed in an ethereal mist. Seeing enough ‘seas of cloud’ in the big city, however, it’s quite a relief to encounter azure skies and views of rolling hills that stretch for miles, eventually disappearing in a distant blue haze. The sun bathes the panorama in a crisp light, beaming off the foliage-covered landscape from which large rocky formations burst forth. Paths have been set into the sides of the cliffs, jutting out with little apparent support. It’s exhilarating and slightly terrifying, the routes hovering over empty space; the ground hundreds of meters away. This does, however, mean views


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are completely unobstructed. Sanqingshan’s environment is reminiscent of the more famous Huangshan. In fact, it is known by some as a second-class Huangshan: the total expanse is smaller; the highest summit is shorter (by around 50 meters); it has never inspired the same level of literary and artistic output. However, for these very reasons it also doesn’t draw the same size of horde, and there’s hardly any trash to be seen littering the slopes. Prices are also less steep than at Huangshan, though the toilet facilities leave a lot to be desired. For those that relish the obscurer option, you’ll get way more kudos for visiting lesser-known Sanqingshan. There are three entrances to the national geopark, two of which have cable cars that shorten the journey up the mountain significantly. It is possible to scale all 1,819 meters to the pinnacle of the area, Yujing Peak, on foot, but the cable car is more expedient for those who want to ascend at a leisurely pace or make Sanqingshan a daytrip amidst other explorations of the region. The third gateway to this verdant locale is where the UNESCO exhibition center for Sanqingshan is located. For the spry and adventurous, one can feasibly come down on this side, then take a 59-kilometer car ride onto Wuyuan, which is home to preserved villages that contain charming architecture from days of yore. Sanqing itself also hosts a delightful example of ancient construction: the Sanqing Temple, topped by double eaves with wooden dougong. Unlike many of China’s monasteries and pagodas, this religious edifice doesn’t bear the same obvious marks of

reconstruction. Originally built in AD 1170, it is a small – around 200 square meters – but remarkable building that looks weather beaten but defiant; its bricks bear the stamp of hundreds of years of survival against wind and snow but appear sturdy as ever. According to Taoist theory, the temple is located at the spiritual convergence point of Mount Sanqing. At the front is a simple, solid stone incense burner, while nearby sits the tomb of the temple architect and a (supposedly) health-giving well, among other minor curiosities. It is possible to stay all night on the mountain, but be forewarned that the accommodation is relatively pricey considering the simplicity of the rooms – though these are, mercifully, extremely well heated for winter travelers. If you do elect to bed down on Sanqing, make sure to wake early enough to catch the sunrise. Huddling together with other travelers in the pre-dawn chill, there’s a kind of camaraderie between those who have forced themselves from the comfort of bed to make the 20-minute hike to the Jade Terrace. Suddenly, a thin red line begins to simmer on the horizon, and gradually a fiery yellow orb begins to emerge. As it rises higher in the sky, it stretches forth rays of light, transforming the mountainsides from dark shadows into canvasses of burning orange and a striking red the color of Mars dust. It’s hues like these, combined with the penetrating blues of the heavens and the fresh shades of the verdure, that make Sanqingshan well worth a trip. It may not be quite as grand in form as Huangshan, but it explodes with the joy of color.

How to get there:

Sanqingshan is just over an hour away from two small cities: Shangrao and Yushan. From Guangzhou it is possible to catch a fast train to both, with the railway trip taking between five-and-a-half and six hours (there is one daily train from Shenzhen, but this takes seven hours and 20 minutes). Yushan is slightly closer to Sanqingshan, but trains to Shangrao are much more frequent – and RMB14 cheaper at RMB579. One can take a local bus early in the morning from either city, though a taxi or car hire is more convenient. If you speak Chinese or have a friend who does, visit the official site for more information: sqs.gov.cn Opening times: 8am-5pm during the week, 7.30am-5.30pm during the weekend Entrance price: RMB150 (does not include cable car)

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ARTS co llag e

Coming to a theater near you

Kung Fu Panda 3

In theaters now

Jack Black returns to voice Po in the planned six-part animated comedy series. Once again, he finds himself as an outcast while reuniting with his biological father at a secret sanctuary of pandas. Making matters worse is an evil ancient spirit called Kai, who steals the powers of kung fu masters he defeats across China. Can the original Kung Fu Panda teach a village of clumsy, fun-loving bears to follow in his fighting ways? The film is the first co-created by Shanghai-based Oriental DreamWorks and features a star-studded cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen and Bryan Cranston.

What’s New The indefatigable translation team of Howard Goldblatt and Sylvia Li-chun Lin tackle Song Ying’s hardboiled crime novel, Apricot’s Revenge. His first English work follows an investigation of the murder of a real estate tycoon that reveals a connection to a much larger coverup. Released on MacMillan Books, it’s available on Amazon starting February 16.

With its ambitious deal with HBO, QQ Video’s latest addition is the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson-starring Ballers. Described as Entourage in the NFL, the comedy follows Johnson’s Spencer Strasmore as he moves from retired player to financial manager.. The show is streamable for paid subscribers at v.qq.com. hao bu hao

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Sword of Destiny

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The force is strong in China. While the original trilogy was only made widely available on the mainland last year through Tencent, Star Wars: The Force Awakens raked in over USD33 million on its opening day and topped the box office its first two weeks. The J.J. Abrams-helmed reboot is closing in on the prestigious USD100 million mark.

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It may have taken 16 years but finally there’s a sequel to the Academy Award-winning martial arts saga. While Ang Lee and Chow Yun-fat aren’t involved, legendary action choreographer Master Yuen Woo-ping (Matrix, Kill Bill) and eternally badass Donnie Yen (Ip Man) are worthy substitutes. Even more exciting is the return of Michelle Yeoh’s Yu Shu-lien, who must team up with her former fiance, Silent Wolf (Yen), to retrieve the allpowerful Green Destiny sword. Judging from the trailers, expect the film to be another visual feast. The film will also be released in North America on Netflix in a precedentsetting deal.

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The links between the Chinese and American entertainment industries evolve in this Mandarin adaptation of Mad About You. Original scripts from the 90s sitcom have been adapted by screenwriter Shen Huan, while real-life married couple Li Jiahang and Li Sheng take on the roles that Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt popularized. Xin Hun Gong Yu is streamable at www.youku.com.

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First, regulations cut off China’s streaming services from new Western shows in real time. Now Netflix is planning to ban the use of VPNs to access their content. While others like Hulu have failed to cut off VPN access, Netflix is confident that their new technology will succeed, adding to their plans to eventually expand into China.


Three to See

Retrograde Poetry > tue-sun Jan 9-Feb 16, 10am-10pm; free entry. Kui yuan gallery, 9 xuguyuan Lu, yuexiu District, guangzhou 广州市越秀区恤孤院路9号 逵园艺术馆 (020-8765 9746)

Ink As Superior – Kan Tai-keung Solo Exibition Exhibition

Collateral Exhibition of UABB 2015 > Daily, Dec 5-Feb 28; free entry. shuiwei cun, Futian District, shenzhen 深圳市福田区水围村 (en.szhkbiennale.org)

> until Feb 28 (closed on mondays), 10am-7pm; free entry. Fei gallery, g/F, estate plaza, 5 nonglin xia Lu, yuexiu District, guangzhou 广 州市越秀区农林下路5号亿达大厦负一层 (0203768 8830)

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a r t s | stage

The Man Who Would Be King The Royal Shakespeare Company Salutes Henry V BY Andrew Chin

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our hundred years after the Bard’s death, the Royal Shakespeare Company pays tribute with an ambitious presentation of Henry IV, Part I, Henry IV, Part II and Henry V. The triptych provides a fascinating look at medieval England during a time of great upheaval. Billed as King and Country, it will be performed in five cities: London, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and New York City. 3 6 | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | g Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m


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Part of Shakespeare’s genius lies in the fact that he speaks to all people all over the world

Although the shows are currently running individually in London, they will be presented together for the first time this month for what Artistic Director Gregory Doran describes as “Prince Hal’s chronological journey from troubled youth to noble King.” Taking on the plum role is rising star Alex Hassell. The affable Essex native jokes his character’s evolution can be viewed in his costumes. He starts Henry IV, Part I “in a pair of boxer shorts,” and by Henry V he dons the “posh frocks and great splendor” fit only for a king. “It's an amazing privilege to explore such a complex character over such a [long] period of his life,” he says. “It's so interesting to play one character on this wide a canvas – to allow him to develop at the speed of real life rather than in exciting dramatic peaks.” Along with Richard II, the three plays presented in King and Country make up Shakespeare’s second historical tetralogy, commonly referred to as the Henriad. The plays provide a panoramic view of 15th-century England, from the royal court to the seedy taverns where audiences first find Prince Hal. Joining him in this early carnage is his

literal partner in crime, Falstaff. Describing the character as “one of Shakespeare’s greatest creations,” acclaimed actor Antony Sher can only agree with the assessment that his character is “a fat, vain, boastful and cowardly knight.” “Yet, what's remarkable is how Shakespeare makes an audience love and care about what happens to him,” he adds. “In preparing for the role, I just had to learn to trust Shakespeare’s instincts – the more disreputable Falstaff is, the more he fascinates an audience.” The three-time Laurence Olivier Award winner has added his own distinct take to one of the Bard’s most beloved characters. “We’ve made Falstaff a kind of tramp, but a grand one,” he explains. “From clues in the text, we decided he probably came from a posh family but has wasted his life away. He still speaks in a very upper class way, yet his appearance is scruffy and dilapidated. We’ve also made him a real alcoholic, rather than just a man who likes a drink or two.” While the two actors have been receiving rapturous response for the roles at home, they admit to being unsure of what the reaction will be in China.

It will be the first time that the thespians have visited China, and Sher is confident that audiences will be satisfied. “Part of Shakespeare’s genius lies in the fact that he speaks to people all over the world,” Sher says. “Of course different cultures react to him in different ways. I can’t wait to see what the Chinese reaction will be.” Although King and Country is the Royal Shakespeare Company’s first extensive tour of China, Doran promises that there is more to come. “We are not only touring our work in China but are also in the midst of a translation project hoping to create a performance-friendly Chinese play text starting with Henry V,” Doran says. “We are also putting a call out for suggestions of classic Chinese plays, so that we can choose one to stage here at the Royal Shakespeare Company. It is very much a two-way cultural exchange that will continue for the next few years.”

the great cycle of Kings: henry iV, part i (mar 4, 8 & 11), henry iV, part ii (mar 5, 9 & 12) and henry V (mar 6, 10, 12 & 13), 2pm matinees, 7.30pm evenings; hKD200-680. Lyric theatre, hKapa (www.hkticketing.com)

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Arts | Music

The Good Word of Caspian

Post-rock Favorites Set to Preach in Eight Cities BY Andrew Chin

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t’s rare for a band to be hitting new artistic peaks a dozen years into their career, but Massachusetts postrock stalwarts Caspian have managed to achieve that feat. Their follow-up to Spin ’s 2012 post-rock album of the year was released to rave reviews and captures a group that’s constantly evolving. Ever diligent, they’ll be spreading the gospel of Dust and Disquiet to China, stopping off in Shenzhen on February 26 and Guangzhou on February 27.

Looking back at their career, drummer Joe Vickers says that “our idea of fun in the early days was just getting together with our instruments and jamming out for a few hours. Now we’ve found fun in the artistic challenges. The more we learn about music shows us how much we still have to learn.” Written and recorded over a year, Dust and Disquiet marks several firsts for the group. It’s their first disc as a six-piece and the first to feature contributions from guitarist Jonny Ashburn and bassist Jani Zubkovs. The group’s fourth album also contains their first-ever song to feature vocals, the disarmingly acoustic ‘Run Dry.’ “[Guitarists] Calvin [Joss] and Philip [Jamieson] sent a demo of it to the rest of us saying they had always wanted to get a song like this down on record,” Vickers explains. “We all agreed that it was appropriate to feature discernible vocals because as a band we finally had something to say.” Hopeful that this will be a path Caspian

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The more we learn about music shows us how much we still have to learn will continue to explore, Vickers admits that the group’s creative process remains a mystery even to them. “Regardless of our intention when we started, every album seems to come together in its own way, which is exciting for us,” he explains. “It’s like a Ouija board, but a little less spooky. The planchette moves on its own across the board, loosely guided by the players, and the message is revealed when you finally see the last letter.” Caspian are spreading their music further in China than ever before. When the group first came in 2010, they performed in Guangzhou and Hong Kong. For their 2014 tour, they traveled to five cities. This year’s

New Noise-organized jaunt will be their most extensive yet with eight dates. Vickers jokes that “our decision to do more cities this time around is because the food is so good that we want to try it everywhere,” before noting more seriously that “we really enjoy our times in China and look forward to meeting new fans in new cities.” It’s a part of the group’s natural work ethic. While they will have a short rest following the China tour, Vickers promises that the band will be back on the road soon after. “There are many people in the world who would really enjoy the album who have not heard it yet,” he notes. “It will always be exciting to hear new and varying reactions.”

> sZ: Feb 26, 8.30-10.30pm, rmb80 pre-sale, rmb100 at the door. b10 Live, north side of building c2, north District, octLoft, nanshan District 南山区华侨城创意文化园北区c2栋北 侧间 (8633 7602); gZ: Feb 27, 8.30-10.30pm, rmb80 pre-sale, rmb100 at the door. Fei Livehouse, b4-01/02, redtory, 128 yuancun si heng Lu, tianhe District 天河区员村四横路128号红 专厂创意园区b4-01/02 (189 0227 6904)


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arts | film

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fter another record-breaking year at the box office, 2016 is already looking like yet another banner year for China’s film industry. While Star Wars dominated January, this month is devoted to Chinese blockbusters angling to rule the all-important Spring Festival period. Here are the contenders for domestic supremacy.

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The Monkey King 2

(西遊記之孫悟空三打白骨精) (蒸发太平洋)

This fascinating project marks the first English 3D sci-fi action adventure film produced in China. Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh and CJ7’s Zhang Yuqi star in this 2020-set film about a catastrophic transoceanic flight full of wealthy passengers. With Three-Body Problem and The Great Wall slated to come out this year, 2016 promises to be the year that Chinese sci-fi breaks out. Directed by Gao Qunshu, The New Year’s Eve of Old Lee features national comedy gem Zhao Benshan as the titular character and My Own Swordsman star Yan Ni, who is known for her signature natural comedic style. The story unfolds during a festive New Year dinner, inviting viewers into some riotous family moments.

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Another Spring Festival, another edition of the comedic gambling saga. Once again, Chow Yun-fat returns as the impossibly charismatic Ko Chun, while mega-stars Jacky Cheung and Carina Lau make cameos. Even more exciting is the addition of Andy Lau, who reprises his iconic character of Michael ‘Dagger’ Chan, aka the Knight of Gamblers. Lau’s appearance cements this franchise’s connection to the classic 1990s God of Gamblers series that spawned five films, while From Vegas to Macau has grossed over USD234 million.

Lost in the Pacific

The biggest threat to The Monkey King 2’s dominance is the latest film from Hong Kong comedy legend Stephen Chow (Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle). While the funny man is keeping himself to directorial duties, acclaimed actor Deng Chao will once again show off the comedic chops he displayed in 2014 hit The Breakup Guru. Set in modern times, Deng stars as a biology professor who is saved by a mermaid (Lin Yun), whom he inevitably falls in love with.

You can’t stop at one Journey to the West movie; you can only remake it with four highly anticipated adaptations. This sequel to the 2014 hit is expected to crack the coveted RMB1 billion mark like its predecessor. While Donnie Yen is absent this time around, Aaron Kwok and Gong Li will provide this edition with the requisite star power. Plot details may be scarce, but audiences can expect a 3D-effect-laden extravaganza capably handled by director Cheang Pou-soi (SPL II, The Monkey King).

The New Year’s Eve of Old Lee

(賭城風雲III)

From Vegas to Macau III

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‘Tis the Season For Blockbusters

The Mermaid

By Andrew Chin and Zoey Zha

2016 Chinese New Year


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in China – especially in rural areas – has given rise to the often shady mailorder bride industry. Wu Dong was tempted by this seemingly low-risk option. He had heard that agencies could charge as much as RMB100,000, depending on the female in question, but marrying a local woman would also come with a price tag. Even in poor areas like Fanshen, the marriage ‘gifts’ expected by the bride’s families can be prohibitively expensive. In some villages, Wu claims, the required gift may be “1.5 kilograms and one noisy” (1.5 kilograms of RMB100 notes – equal to about RMB120,000 – and a car) or “10,000 purple, 1,000 red and lots of green” (10,000 RMB5 notes, 1,000 RMB100 notes, and plenty of RMB50 notes – altogether about RMB150,000). Although Wu’s parents are well-off compared to their neighbors, Fanshen is a poor village. But after years of failed matchmaking, the family decided that a mail-order spouse might be their best chance. In 2012, a marriage agent brought more than 10 Vietnamese girls to meet prospective customers in a neighboring village. After seeing an advertisement on a telegraph pole, Wu’s father visited the agent, who claimed to have a potential match on his books. A meeting between Wu Dong and a young woman was promptly arranged. He recalls that they both liked each other and that it was the first time he’d felt in love.

hen Yi Tingying and her first husband had their second son 26 years ago, they felt relieved. The couple may have been forced to pay a fine for breaching the one-child policy, but at least they didn’t need to have more kids – or abortions – in the hope of a second son. Many others in their village of Fanshen, Jiangxi, were not so fortunate. But despite the apparent security afforded by having two boys, the couple could not have foreseen the burden that was to come. When their eldest son, Wu Dong, reached marriage age, they found that there were no available women for him in their village – or any of the surrounding ones. So by the time Wu Dong had reached his mid-20s, the search for a suitable wife was getting desperate. He’d never had a girlfriend and his parents were even more worried than he was. “Girls in my hometown don’t like me because I am not good at talking and I am always nervous in front of them,” explains Wu Dong, who works in the neighboring province, Hunan, as a university canteen chef. Increasingly concerned, his parents asked local matchmakers to help, but were told that it was proving difficult to find girls in the area who were not already ‘booked.’ There was, however, another option. Although technically illegal in China, online advertisements offering mail-order solutions for single men are easy enough to find (“Pretty, young, cheap and nice Vietnamese brides,” reads one typical ad). While Chinese brides were once exported to elsewhere in the world, the flow of trade has now reversed. For a fee, an agent will arrange everything – from flights to visa paperwork – and effectively deliver a woman to customers’ doors. Some brokers promise virgins, or offer insurance policies in case the women flee. Others send out printed catalogues and invite potential suitors to ‘viewing hotels’ in Vietnam. Here, men can meet and examine available brides, with some agencies offering Photos from Wu Dong's wedding are still kept in the family home, months tour packages that include translators and gifts for after he was abandoned by his wife the women’s families. On Singles Day last year, Vietnamese brides were even found for sale on Taobao for just RMB9,998, although the posts in question disappeared from the site hours after being discovered. The mail-order phenomenon has been fueled by China’s growing gender imbalance. A combination of the one-child policy and a traditional preference for boys means that people like Wu are finding it increasingly difficult to find wives by traditional means. Although the imbalance for babies born today is less severe than at its peak in 2009 (when 121 boys were born for every 100 girls), the shortage of available women

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But things didn’t go to plan. Without a valid Chinese visa, Wu’s potential match was forced to fly back to Vietnam, though she left with promises of returning to Jiangxi. When she didn’t, Wu asked the agent to arrange for him to visit her. Upon arrival in Vietnam, he was informed that the woman had been blacklisted by Chinese customs for staying in the country illegally. “I was very disappointed, but the agent said that they could introduce me to other girls,” says Wu, who would go on to spend three months in Vietnam, most of which was spent “in the hotel watching TV or playing video games.” Eventually the agent introduced Wu to a young Vietnamese woman named An. He recalls their first meeting with a cold indifference. “To be honest, I did not like her,” he says. “But she said she liked me and wanted to go to China with me. I had already paid so much money – and all of the [Chinese] guys who traveled to Vietnam with me had already found someone to take home. I could have waited longer, but I’d spent too much time already. So I thought: ‘Whatever, that’s it. I will take her.’” Wu begrudgingly completed the deal and returned home. The trip had cost him over RMB50,000. After five days, Wu’s mail-order bride arrived in Jiangxi. After first stepping into the Wu family home, it took just two months for the pair to wed. While the industry appears to be entirely controlled by brokers, it is unclear whether brides like An are the victims of people-trafficking. Research by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an intergovernmental institution, describes marriage migration as a “significant factor” in human trafficking in Vietnam. But many women are also believed to consent to the arrangements. The brides, who are often poor or otherwise vulnerable, may be attracted by economic incentives, with mail-order marriages helping them support their families at home, or providing the chance for a better life abroad. Unsurprisingly, An and Wu’s union proved difficult on a personal level. The couple did not communicate much – Wu speaks no Vietnamese and his wife’s Chinese was only marginally better. He says that they fought a lot, often over small things, like who would sleep on the left side of the bed. Wu describes his wife with disdain: “She was

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very lazy… she was never happy. If I didn’t do whatever she wanted she would grow angrier and angrier. My parents treated her like a treasure. She drank a lot of coffee, so my father drove his motorbike into town to buy the kind of coffee she wanted.” Despite the acrimony, An soon became pregnant. Yi Tingying says that she was delighted by the news, and that the family visited the hospital together for further checks. Yet that same afternoon, An disappeared. The only trace she left was her bicycle, which stood abandoned in front of the village market. Wu Dong and his parents remain confused by her disappearance. “We are not rich, but we are not poorer than any other family here,” his mother protests. On the second floor of the family house, where the couple’s bedroom was located, there remains a pile of framed wedding pictures. The photos were taken down from the wall after An fled, and they now sit in the corner covered by a cloth. “I wanted to destroy them, but my son says: ‘We paid money so why not keep them?’” Wu’s father explains. “I just don’t look at them.” Despite their collective embarrassment, the Wu family is willing to speak about the experience. Not all are so open. We are introduced to another family whose son married a Vietnamese bride, but the man’s mother is unhappy about our visit, keeping the woman from us and saying: “She has us, she has her children, she is happy and content.” There are no reliable estimates for the number of mail-order brides entering China. In 2014, a report from IOM found that over 18,000 Vietnamese citizens migrate to get married every year, worldwide. As well as China, the industry is known to supply brides to bachelors across Asia, with South Korea another common destination. While it is difficult to know what proportion of these 18,000 marriages result from commercial arrangements, the report claims that “a significant number” of unions take place through illegal brokers. In some areas of Vietnam, less than 20 percent of marriages between local women and foreigners were found to be properly registered. 45

Reports of Vietnamese brides abandoning their Chinese husbands – often in groups – are becoming commonplace. The phenomenon was thrust into the media spotlight in November 2014 when it was reported that over 100 Vietnamese women – all of whom had married men in Handan, Hebei – fled simultaneously. The marriage broker who had brought them to the country also disappeared. Like Wu, the men expressed shock at being abandoned. But unlike most jilted husbands, Wu was able to track down information about his wife’s whereabouts. Another Vietnamese woman in the area claimed that An had run away to Guangxi, where she has already given birth to a baby girl and may have already remarried. “I see the photos that she posts with another man on WeChat,” said Wu. “But I heard the life in Guangxi is not as good as here.” He pressed the local woman for further information, but her mother-in-law now forbids her from talking to An. “Our daughter-inlaw is different from theirs – she is quiet, and the good type of wife,” she tells us when we visit, before turning toward Wu’s father. “I think you should just forget [An]. What kind of woman is she! Find another one!” For Wu, the sense of loss is compounded by the existence of his presumed daughter. He worries about the child’s well-being. But at the same time, he crudely admits that his chances of finding a new wife would be reduced if he was accompanied by a young child. The 26-year-old now finds himself back among the ranks of China’s single rural men. While it is hoped that the relaxation of the one-child policy and growing economic freedom for women will slowly reverse the trend, demand for Vietnamese brides looks unlikely to abate in the near future. (Vietnam is also struggling with its own gender imbalance – in northern areas of the country there are almost 125 males born for every 100 females.) Wu’s main concern now is finding another partner. Although he is still connected to his estranged wife via WeChat, they have not spoken since she left and he has given up hope of a reunion. The experience, he says, has put him off the idea of wedding another foreigner. “If I find a girlfriend, I will be more careful before getting married,” he reflects. “And once I get married, I will cherish the marriage more. My plan is to try my luck on one of those online blinddate websites.” * some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.

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The Gay Couples in Sham Straight Marriages By Jamie Fullerton, additional reporting by Cissy Young

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iang is sat next to his wife, Jing, in a Shanghai shopping mall Starbucks. Also at the table is Jie, Qiang’s boyfriend. The trio attempts to explain their complex relationship.

Qiang married Jing in 2013. Jie was his best man. That same week Jie married Jing’s girlfriend. Qiang was his best man. Then Jing split up with her girlfriend. Then Jie divorced his wife. “It’s complicated,” says Qiang, laughing. Their tangled union presents two examples of sham marriages between gays and lesbians in China, which have recently surged in number. The phenomenon may not yet compare to the millions of gay Chinese men married to straight women who are unaware of their husbands’ sexuality (researchers at Qingdao University suggest that there may be 16 million such marriages in China), but gays and lesbians are increasingly turning to one another. “I didn’t feel jealous seeing Qiang marry a woman in front of me,” says Jie. “As long as our families felt happy, we were happy. We solved a problem.” That problem was the enormous pressure that the three, along with millions of other Chinese people their age (Qiang is 36, Jie is 32 and Jing is 29), faced from parents demanding grandchildren. Although younger generations are increasingly liberal, most accept that deeply embedded familial norms are unavoidable. “I couldn’t force my parents to accept that I’m gay,” says Qiang. “Beliefs are different between generations. You can’t change it.” There seems to be no bitterness or anguish in his voice as he

describes the deception. He and Jing planned their marriage to cause minimum disruption to their real lives. They meet for family dinners a few times a month but do not live together, as Qiang lives with Jie. “We have parents round but we don’t let them stay overnight,” says Jing. “My wife lives very close to me,” says Qiang. “It’s easy when parents visit at short notice.” Qiang and Jie met their wives after trawling lesbian websites, exchanging messages then meeting and forging friendships. Jie unfolds a hand-written contract he and his ex-wife signed prior to their wedding and reads through the terms they agreed on. Such contracts are common in sham marriages and usually outline terms of financial independence. The agreement also states that Jie would be responsible for 70 percent of the costs of raising a child born in the marriage. “We argued a little about the surname of the child,” Jie says. “Then we finally agreed that it would be the same as mine.” Qiang, a lawyer, has a similar contract with his wife. “They are legally binding,” he says. The process for organizing sham marriages got easier last January with the launch of the mobile app Queers. It works like a dating site, but matching gays with lesbians. Users can upload photos and vital statistics, such as weight, height and income. Whereas on dating sites users might list their favorite bands, on Queers they explain whether they want a baby from the marriage and other details of the arrangement. Queers has over 400,000 users, around half of whom are between 25 and 35 years old: the stage when pressure to marry peaks in China. “Activists have accused us of setting up barriers, helping people shy away from their problems,” says Liao Zhuoying, founder of Queers.

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“But we are solution providers. It’s impossible for all gays and lesbians to ‘come out’ in Chinese society.” Homosexuality was illegal in China until 1997 and was listed as a mental disorder until 2001. While attitudes are changing, it is unsurprising that so many people keep their sexuality a secret. Although most users of Queers use sham marriages to fool their parents, Liao says that some do so with the consent of their families to keep their sexuality a secret from wider society. “In China, keeping a family’s face is important,” he says. The website Chinagayles.com serves the same purpose as Queers. Launched in 2005, it has around the same amount of users as the app. Founder Lin Hai claims that it has facilitated around 50,000 marriages so far. A website for asexual people – who face similar societal and familial pressures – has also been in operation for over 10 years. With an estimated 20,000 users, wx920.com helps pair individuals looking for sexless marriages. For many users of these services, the ultimate goal is a baby. After two years as husband and wife, Qiang and Jing are now planning theirs. They will soon attempt artificial insemination at home, but will consult medical experts if that proves unsuccessful. “We want to do this for ourselves as well as our parents,” says Jing. “But we will probably let our child spend most of its time with our parents, then take over when it reaches the age of 3.”

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For Jie, however, the issue of children led to the breakdown of his sham marriage. His wife had agreed to have a baby but changed her mind after the wedding, prompting a divorce. Jie then took the decision last August to come out to his parents. “My mother cried uncontrollably and asked, ‘How could you be that way?’” he says. “She said she blamed herself for allowing me to live somewhere like Shanghai, where ‘weird people’ live. When I told my father he said, ‘I feel like there’s a fly in my mouth. Disgusting.’” After a period of estrangement, Jie is now back in contact with his parents. They have consulted support groups set up to help parents understand homosexuality, and Jie says he feels happier now he doesn’t have to lie. “The wheel of history is moving forward,” says Queers founder Liao of the changing attitudes to homosexuality in China. “But not everyone is courageous enough to stand at the forefront. We are solving problems for these people. Maybe the demand for sham marriages will shrink in the future, our app will die and society will progress.” But for now the deceit continues for many. “I’ve wanted to come out many times,” says Jing. “But if I do that the pressure will be transferred to my parents. It’s selfish. I’m doing this to make my parents comfortable.” *some names and identifying details have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.


COV ER STORY Parents hunt for suitable partners for their children at the People's Park Marriage Market in Shanghai

T H E S I N G L E F I L E S

From Marriage Markets to Dating Apps With Some of China’s 200 Million Singletons

By Dominic Ngai

DATING IN CHINA IS MORE FORMAL BECAUSE THE PARENTS OF BOTH SIDES ARE OFTEN INVOLVED; IT’S MORE GOAL-ORIENTED. IF YOU DATE WITHOUT THE GOAL OF MARRIAGE IN MIND, THEY CALL IT SHUALIUMANG – PLAYING AROUND 48


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n a chilly Sunday morning, the People’s Park Marriage Market in Shanghai is packed with desperate parents trying to find a suitable partner for their sons and daughters, and bothersome agents from matchmaking service providers. Many are wary of our cameras. But one of the easier people to approach is Mr. Gu, a middle-aged matchmaker in a green army-style long coat and red cowboy hat. “Feel free to take my picture,” Gu says as we approach his booth, which proudly displays hundreds of profiles of single men and women, listing their bios and contact information. “It’s 100 kuai to have one of these posters up for six months,” Gu tells us between sips of bubble milk tea. “I will also put your information on my website; it will be there indefinitely.” To him, love is a business transaction, and the market is bustling. It’s easy to identify the parents from the meddlers – they are generally more reserved. After putting up a short bio of their son or daughter on a wall or umbrella, they stand and watch from about 50 feet away. They engage with people only if they think there’s a possibility of finding a future son- or daughter-in-law. We strike up a conversation with Mrs. Li from Liaoning. She’s a regular, and has a daughter born in 1988. According to the profile, her daughter is 1.66 meters tall, a whitecollar worker at a foreign company, and is seeking a taller man with a Shanghai hukou who owns an apartment and “has no bad habits.” Our conversation soon turns into something between a census survey and a job interview. When asked why she worries about her 27-year-old daughter’s inability to find a match on her own, Li replies: “I think most of the parents here are quite traditional and conservative, so their kids tend to be introverted. The parents are worried that they can’t find a partner. Here at the marriage market, they can scout out some reliable candidates.” “Kaopu is a very important quality,” she states – reliable. Li’s checklist includes age, hometown, hukou, salary, occupation and number of properties owned. To her, love is not so much a transaction as a matter of practicality. This hardnosed approach can be less appealing to young singles in China. At a coffee shop in another part of Shanghai, I meet June, a confident, eloquent professional who, in the eyes of some, would be labeled shengnu – ‘leftover woman.’ “It’s pretty annoying,” she says. The term – which describes bachelorettes approaching, or over, the age of 30 – implies that people aren’t ‘good enough’ if they have yet to find a partner. But June is having none of it. “My uncles and aunts kept asking about my plans for getting married,” she says of an awkward family dinner she recently endured. “I made up an excuse and left early.” Turning 32 this year, June’s not in a hurry to find a husband – nor does she find this particularly abnormal. “I think a lot of young women in China value their independence – being able to earn money and not relying entirely on men,” she says. “Some of my friends were pressured into marrying guys that weren’t compatible with them; these marriages

didn’t last very long.” She admits that her long work hours are the main reason why she’s still single. “The people who I see regularly are my employees and clients. The circle is very small. Some of my girlfriends have told me that men are intimidated by me,” she adds, referring specifically to her successful career and level of education. The term ‘leftover woman’ is misleading, argues Cai Yong, an expert on Chinese demographics and sociology professor at the University of North Carolina (UNC). “The assumption is that no one wants them,” she says. “In many cases, the reality is that many women are making the decision to hold out by choice because they can’t find men that match their criteria.” Terms like shengnu stem from the cultural anxieties of older generations, Cai says. “China and other East Asian countries are ‘universal marriage societies.’ Men and women are expected to be married by a certain age.” While people like June simply dismiss the label, there are others, like 33-year-old Wendy, who feel the pressure. “[The term] piles unnecessary pressure on single women, on top of what we’re already experiencing from our families and society,” she says. “It’s unfair that only women have these labels, but sadly, it’s also true.” From her late 20s, the Shanghai-born marketing manager started getting set up on dates with family friends. This is how, about a year ago, she met her current boyfriend – a British-born Chinese financial analyst who is three years her senior. After a short period of dating, they are now in a longdistance relationship, and Wendy is considering quitting her job and moving to the UK to live with him. “It’s difficult because the identity and values of being a woman are changing. On the one hand, most women strive to be well-educated, smart and independent individuals,” she says. “But living in a place like China, where the traditional roles of men and women are still imposed upon us by society, these qualities might need to be dialed back when women are seeking a partner. It’s a tricky balancing act.” Things are somewhat easier for single guys like Brandon, a financial consultant who was born in Shanghai and educated in the US. While he’s the same age as Wendy, his parents have a more relaxed attitude. To his friends, colleagues and most outsiders, he’s a bachelor, not ‘leftover.’ “In the industry I work in, it’s normal to be single. The work is so intense that you don’t have time to think about relationships,” Brandon says. “The attitude to dating in China is more formal because the parents of both sides are often involved; it’s more goal-oriented. If you date without the goal of marriage in mind, they call it shualiumang [playing around].” But Chinese society is in transition, UNC’s Cai says. “The younger generation nowadays might not even want to participate in the blind dates that their parents arrange. But at the same time, they might also feel guilty for not following their parents’ wishes. [What we’re seeing] is the result of the rise of individualism [fighting with] traditional values.” Mrs. Li from the Marriage Market might consider this bukaopu – unreliable.

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Group On

Using WeChat to Engage Parents by Lena Gidwani

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ou may have heard the buzz by now. WeChat – launched by Chinese tech giant Tencent Holdings in 2011 – is the country’s fastest-growing social-media platform. According to statistics from their website, it has over a billion registered accounts, and of that, 650 million are active users, with 70 million outside of China. One may wonder why the level of trust in information on WeChat so great. It is ingenious really: what is spread on WeChat comes from family, friends and brands that they want communication from, and not strangers. For official accounts, companies can customize their message and have notably more control over how and when they want to reach out to their audience. And it’s not just the big guns that are utilizing it for commercial purposes; these days, it is international schools and education marketers, both in China and abroad, taking advantage of this platform to help retain, engage and recruit students. Serafima De Souza, mother of a 6-year old at an international school in Guangzhou, is a member of 11 WeChat groups and subscription accounts related to her son’s education and extracurricular activates. One involves parents from her son’s current class, two relate to first-graders at the school, and the rest are official subscription accounts from his school, a karate class provider and so on.

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“I receive hundreds of messages in the groups every day. I have also added my son’s teachers, so often wait to see the class pictures that they post. Messages and news updates from subscription accounts are sent regularly at scheduled times, so I know when to check,” she says. De Souza does admit that it can be quite distracting at times, but says it’s very useful, as everything – from preparation for each school day and important dates and events, to personal opinions about raising children – is discussed. Penetrating this space to both build a relationship with a verified group and gaining valuable research data in the process appears to be the norm these days. A primary educator working at an international school in Shenzhen, who did not want to be named,

said that in the past, she would stick notes in student diaries, send letters home or email them. Now, she sends up-to-the-minute information to a parent representative from her class, who in turn reposts it in the group chat, where everyone can see it. She says that the school also uses the app to recruit new students: “Our school has an official subscription account on WeChat, where they find information about the whole school. They can even send us an enrolment application. Parents join by adding the QR code. “On the parents’ group chat, however, it is more for engagement. They are added by the parent representative and information posted is related specifically to their kids; this makes it easier for us to receive feedback as well as communicate directly and instantly with them.” She adds that her school plans to leverage their WeChat subscription account toward “increasing interest, spreading information and coordinating events,” and strongly feels that in due time, it will be much more effective than their website, school telephone trees and other more traditional points of contact. On the downside, kids won’t be able to get away with squirreling away a bad report card – Mum and Dad are just a WeChat message away!


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Teeth and Travel

Keeping Up Oral Hygiene Abroad by Dr. Sophie Paquin Petitjean

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s a frequent traveler, I developed the habit of getting my health checked prior to each departure from Canada, wanting to be spared any health problem while away. When I found out I would be staying in China permanently, I decided to wait for my next visit home to catch up on the appointments skipped... until I was a reprimanded by my dentist about how much worse my dental condition had gotten since my last visit! As a dental hygienist, countless times since my arrival in China I’ve noticed foreigners enjoying a Tsingdao with a front tooth chipped or even completely missing! Either it's a new style I'm not aware of or it confirms I'm not the only one who fears local doctors. We know for sure that prevention is better than cure, and yet still too many people wait to feel discomfort before visiting their

dentist. Looking for a job in a dental clinic in Guangzhou, I came to realize that living overseas shouldn't be an obstacle to maintaining good health habits. While dental hospitals in China mostly cure problems of desperate patients, private

clinics center their practice on values closer to what most expats are used to, putting more emphasis on maintenance and prevention. Did you know that research shows an evident link between oral health and increased risk of stroke, heart attack, premature birth, Alzheimer’s and diabetes complications? Good oral health is an important part of general health and well-being. Therefore, visiting a dentist once a year for a regular check-up can not only help avoid tooth decay and gum disease but can also help save a lot of time, money and worries. The mouth is a gateway to our body. Put a dentist in charge of keeping an eye on it! > Dr. sophie paquin petitjean is a dental hygienist and consultant at Kaiyi Dental clinic, 11/F, ice Flower hotel, tianhe bei Lu, tianhe District, guangzhou 广州市天河区天河北路冰 花酒店11楼

Downbeat

Heart Disease Symptoms by Dr. Gary Sackrison

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heart attack usually is triggered when the artery wall separating the plaque and the blood breaks down or ‘ruptures.’ Blood is then directly in contact with the plaque. Once blood is exposed to plaque, it causes the blood to form a clot that can completely block the flow of blood and, if not reversed quickly, results in that portion of the heart muscle dying. While plaque formation is a relatively slow process that takes years to develop, a plaque can rupture, form a clot and completely occlude a vessel in a matter of minutes or hours. Unfortunately, one-third of patients who rupture a plaque and experience a heart attack started with a blockage less than 70 percent and had no warning symptoms prior to the heart attack. The symptoms of a heart attack can vary from person to person. For some these may be mild and others very severe. It is important to know the most common signs of a heart attack and to remember these facts: Heart attacks can start slowly and cause only mild pain or discomfort. Symptoms can be mild or more intense and sudden, and can wax and wane over several

hours. People who have diabetes may have no symptoms or very mild ones. The most common manifestation in men and women is chest pain or discomfort. Women are somewhat more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting, unusual tiredness (sometimes for days) and pain in the back, shoulders or jaw. Some people have no indicators at all. This is referred to as a silent heart attack. We recommend any patients who experience the above and think they are having a heart attack to take one aspirin tablet (if not allergic) and call for an ambulance or go to the nearest emergency room. One aspirin taken during a heart attack can limit the damage to your heart. It may save your life. Quick action by patients and doctors

can lead to treatments that open the blockages and limit any damage, but only if done within minutes or hours of the onset of symptoms. Angina pain is similar to heart attack pain but usually only associated with activity and resolves with rest. If you are experiencing any pain with exertion or exercise pain that resolves with rest or have an unexplained decrease in exercise or activity tolerance, then notify your physician immediately so you can be evaluated. Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack and how to take action can save your life or the ones you love. > Dr. gary sackrison is a family medicine doctor at VistasK international medical center, Lvl 4, bldg 4c, shenzhen software industry base,xuefu rd, nanshan District 深圳市 南山区学府路软件产业基地4栋c座裙楼4层 (0755-3689 9833)

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CITY SCENES 2015 International Vertical Marathon Final (Supported by )

After 15 qualifying races held in Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu, 500 runners from home and abroad gathered in Guangzhou to participate in the final race of the 2015 International Vertical Marathon (Towerrunning Grand Prix of China), climbing up to the top of the Canton Tower (450 meters, 111 floors, 2,580 steps). Piotr Lobodzinski, the elite runner from Poland, convincingly won the men’s group with a time of 15 minutes, 15 seconds. Champion of the women’s group was Brooke Logan, mother of a 6-month-old baby, who finished the race with a time of 18 minutes, 54 seconds. The domestic elite runners, Ou Jiajing and Fan Fengjuan, won second place in the International Group.

21st Triennale di Milano – Guangzhou Road Show With support from the Guangdong Committee of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, the Guangzhou road show of the 21st Triennale di Milano was hosted on January 7 at EMGdotArt gallery by the Consulate General of Italy in Guangzhou and the Triennale agency. The Milan Triennale, taking place every three years, is an internationally renowned exposition of design, art, architecture, fashion, film, communications and other fields. Consul General Laura Egoli delivered a speech where she introduced the Triennale’s history and development throughout the 90 years since its birth.

NBA Cares – Shawn Marion Visits Guangzhou School for the Deaf After visiting the NBA Hope School in Chengdu as part of the NBA’s Chinese New Year events, former NBA champion and four-time All-Star Shawn Marion paid his first visit to Guangzhou. Stopping in at the Guangzhou School for the Deaf on January 21, students introduced him to the art of Chinese paper cutting. Other initiatives by the NBA for CNY include Steph Curry, Jeremy Lin and James Harden sharing a CNY meal with a Chinese family, and the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards wearing, for the first time in the NBA’s history, uniforms with their team names in Chinese characters.

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Brought into being in 2012, Guangzhou Hip-hop Festival, which covers disc jockeys, rap, street dance and graffiti, celebrated its fourth year, coinciding with the 2016 KOD Street Dance World Cup, an internationally acclaimed dance event. With the theme “real life – our lives,” it took place in the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center from January 1 to 3 and involved lectures, extreme sports, exhibitions, fashionable flea markets and charity events.

Shenzhen New Year’s Midi Festival 2015/16 (Supported by ) Shenzhen’s annual New Year Midi Festival successfully waved a fond farewell to 2015 and brought up the curtain on 2016. One of the most anticipated rock music events in China, Midi 2016 gathered popular local and foreign bands, including Miserable Faith, Escape Plan, Reflector, Arms & Sleepers and Scare the Children. Tens of thousands of fans flocked to the Shenzhen Universiade Centre to see their favorite performers live and answer the inspiring call of Midi Festival: “Stay away from drugs, come closer to music.”

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omerset Serviced Residence Guangzhou by the Ascott Limited observed its 10-year anniversary on December 23. Management staff from Ascott attended the ceremony, where Somerset residents shared their life stories living in an Ascott property. Somerset announced they would upgrade their services in the coming year, showcasing a spanking-new outlook of the residence. Promotions will be carried out from June to August, offering a 10 percent discount for those staying five nights in the Somerset.

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rammy-nominated musician and inductee into the International Association of Jazz Educator’s Hall of Fame (alongside the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Doc Severinsen), Dr. Gene Aitkin visited AISG on January 14 and 15 to work with AISG middle and high school students in developing additional playing and performance-based skills. Dr. Aitkin spends much of his time traveling throughout Asia and the Middle East with the objective of bringing together religious factions to work towards a common goal: the rehearsal and performance of American jazz music combined with local traditional music.

anuary 16 saw the launch of Live Wild Space, a promotional platform and venue for talented musicians, artists and designers. Guangzhou-based band Gryphin and Cooper from Hong Kong entertained the attendees, made up of artists, photographers, music composers, media and many other fields. Housed on the second floor in The Place, a complex building in Pazhou, Live Wild Space will have lectures on music, art exhibitions and idea-sharing events each month.

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SA had its first Festival of Lights on the evening of December 17. The event was very well attended by parents, students and friends. Students came dressed in a variety of bright and festive costumes and sang a range of festive and touching Christmas carols in English, Spanish as well as Chinese. Interesting stalls offered a variety of foods, toys and other fascinating items. 5 4 | f e b r u a ry 2 0 1 6 | g Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m

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n January 15, You Are Art, an Andy Warhol art exhibition, came to an end. Attracting a total of over 10,000 visitors, this fabulous event received tremendous attention from Shenzhen residents, as it was the first time an exhibition of this nature featuring the king of pop art had made its way to the city. Visitors enjoyed the modern art as well as some interesting interactive sections, such as making stylish photos of themselves.


Guangzhou reviews, events and information

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This month

56 What's On in February 58 The Grapevine 59 Home Cooking 60 New Food and Drink

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Calendar

UNTIL FEB 21 DAILY IMPRESSIONISTS IN VINCENT VAN

GOGH’S TIME

Guangzhou Opera House

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LANGHAM PLACE, GUANGZHOU

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UNTIL FEB 26 DAILY XIAOZHOU ART FESTIVAL Xiaozhou Village

Xinghai Concert Hall

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UNTIL FEB 28 TUE-SUN INK AS SUPERIOR: KAN TAI-KEUNG SOLO EXHIBITION p69

Fei Gallery

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ALL MONTH SAT-SUN WEEKEND LUNCH AT CATCH

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EAt/drink GOSSIP A new year is upon us, again – the perfect chance to salvage those 2016 resolutions and pretend you were following the lunar calendar all along. This Spring Festival, take advantage of the extra break and use the time to scout out a prime Valentine’s Day dinner locale. Numerous prominent venues closed this past month, leaving Yuexiu scrambling to make sense of its foreign landscape. The Jianshe Liu branch of FG Fine Foods, next to the Brew Taojin, has been replaced by Evo Restaurant and Bar. Next door, Tomatoes has also shut down, making Oggi Pizzeria one of the few remaining 24-hour locales to waste away the wee hours of the night. Down the street, two new Cantonese restaurants are open and packed: Hsiao Ping Sheng (serving dim sum and Chinese dishes) and Xiezhu Long’en (dim sum and evening hot pot). A few paces away, Coffee Club on the fourth floor of the Friendship Store is now called Maxpoint Cafe, but has retained the exact same menu and all of its previous staff members. We’re not entirely sure how that’s legal, but it didn’t seem like an appropriate conversation to have at checkout. The Coffee Club on Jiashe Da Malu, meanwhile, seems to have undergone a tacky-fication process, replacing the old menu with a spellingerror-ridden embarrassment. Shame on whoever took over this venue, you make Maxpoint Cafe look smart. Also on Taojin Bei Lu, Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant has very regrettably retired for the time being, citing complaints from neighbors. The gluten-free injera will be sorely missed. On Xingsheng Lu, there’s badass Capone Sandwich Mafia (p63) shop open, which is cutting through the competition with buy-one-get-one-free sandwiches on Wednesday nights. New Vietnamese cafe Amy Kitchen (p61), conveniently located in Mall of the World, also has our endorsement for its allimported ingredients. Party Pier is now promoting its daytime attractions, with a new F1 Experience Center that lets patrons compete against friends in simulation races. Lucky Jack, also on the pier, recently held its soft opening. Over in Liwan, lovers of Mill House Pizza should take note that the branch will close soon and likely move to a larger location in Zhujiang. 5 8 | F e b ruar y 2 0 1 6 | G Z | w w w . thatsmags . com

Six of the Best… Date Spots

In Love

Silk Road Grill

Luk Show Hot Pot

An obvious pick, In Love is a French and Peruvian-inspired Japanese restaurant with a sleek atmosphere. Your date will rave about the ‘jade’ – a sliced roll of tuna and salmon, pan-fried and presented over sesame-infused sauce – and the oyster shots served with spicy tomato relish and lemon. RMB300/two.

Head to Shamian and find spontaneous adventure in the historic White Swan Hotel, which reopened its doors last August. The Silk Road Grill serves Mediterranean cuisine and other Western specialties while boasting attentive service, quality wine and a grand view of the Pearl River outside. RMB600/two.

If your babe likes it hot, reserve a table at Luk Show, the city’s most popular Sichuanese restaurant. Order the zestiest broth available and remember that capsaicin – a chemical found in fiery peppers – gets blood pumping and stimulates nerve endings so you’ll feel more turned on! RMB200/two.

Liwan district 荔湾区沙面南街1号白天鹅

Tianhe district 天河区兴盛路珠江新城兴

兴盛路7号105铺 (3861 9383)

宾馆首层, 丝绸之路西餐厅 (8188 6968)

盛路11号,禄鼎记 (3898 8080)

Varenna French Restaurant

Spring Bar and Seafood

Louboutin Restaurant

Craft brews and tableside flambe make Varenna a solid first date destination. Start with black truffle soup and an artistic platter of deviled eggs before diving into a tender cut of Japanese wagyu beef or buttery capelin. Quiet decor and French wall paintings promise a casual yet engaging evening. RMB350/two.

Yes, it’s a hike to Foshan, and yes, it’s worth it. Spring takes you back in time with vintage Shanghainese decor and live performances. Pair a classic Cantonese appetizer with imported wine before leading your love through the ever-charming alleyways of Lingnan Tiandi. RMB250/two.

With both the head chef and pastry chef hailing from France, the entrees and desserts at Louboutin effortlessly capture the heart of Parisian cuisine. Treat your valentine to duck confit and set the mood with Valrhona dark chocolate mousse topped with homemade raspberry sorbet. RMB400/two.

> Shop 105, 7 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang

Xincheng, Tianhe district 天河区珠江新城

> 11-13 Zhongshan ba Lu, Liwan district 荔 湾区中山八路11-13号 (152 0201 9318)

> 1/F, white Swan Hotel, 1 Shamian Nan Jie,

> 68 Fuxian Lu, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng

> 11 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng,

district, Foshan 佛山市禅城区岭南天地商

> 80 Canton Place, Haiming Lu, Zhujiang

业中心福贤路68号首层 (0757-8230 1448,

Xincheng, Tianhe district 天河区珠江新城

189 2995 1448)

海明路广粤天地80号 (3833 9199)


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Medium-Rare Affair

Grilled Wagyu Beef Rib-eye Steak BY Jocelyn Richards

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teak. We all love it; we all wish we could prepare it well – or even mediumwell. This month’s short and sweet recipe introduces an unusually simple approach to grilling a slab of prime wagyu. Black crystal salt is a key ingredient, as its high mineral content helps bring out the true flavor of the beef instead of overpowering it. Bathing the steak in a marinade of salt, garlic and crushed black pepper before grilling infuses the meat with seasoning, allowing each bite to burst with pure, naturally flavorful juices. This impressive main course should only take about half an hour to prepare and serve, so pencil in a date with your kitchen and start honing those culinary skills!

Ingredients (serves two): 2 wagyu beef rib-eye steaks (150 grams) 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1/8 tsp black crystal sea salt

1/8 tsp crushed black pepper 1 tsp olive oil

Preparation: 1. Cut the steak into 150-gram pieces. Rub each with black crystal sea salt, crushed black pepper and garlic. 2. Place the meat into a freezer bag and marinate in refrigerator for 20 minutes. 3. Take out the marinated steak and grill for choice length of time: medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes at 145 degrees; medium-well, 12-15 minutes at 160 degrees. 4. Place grilled steak on a plate. Sprinkle with olive oil, crushed black pepper and black crystal salt. Pair with french fries and a side salad. > This recipe is courtesy of Executive Chef Sam Liu of the Petrus Grill Room, 3/F, Lobby 1, Chimelong Hotel, Panyu dadao, Panyu district 番禺区番禺大道长隆酒店1号大堂3 层, 帕图斯扒房 (8478 6838, www.chimelong. com)

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Sanhe Cang

Hipper than a Haiku TEXT AND PHOTOS BY Jocelyn Richards

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magine those posters you’d find in Urban Outfitters – an elk head pieced together with magazine scraps or an artsy print of the phrase “Where did it all go wrong?” Now toss in a few ergonomic oak chairs and dangle a molecular-shaped chandelier overhead. There you have it: Sanhe Cang, the hipster haiku-lover’s paradise. Marketing itself as a ‘seafood, wine and tea lounge,’ Sanhe Cang is an equal mix of Western and Japanese with decor that flawlessly follows suit. An island bar greets patrons first, positioned prominently on the ground floor. A wall of alcohol separates the mixologists from the sushi chefs, who tend quietly to sashimi on the opposite end of the stand-alone countertop. Wine bottles are stacked to the ceiling on the left, while a spacious loft hosts the bulk of seating on the right. The scene is polished yet playful – white lights dangle gracefully from railings above as MTV blares on surrounding flat screens.

Dishes range from the fried and familiar to the ultra-exotic with a mix of fusion, Western grub and slippery seafood. White clam miso soup (RMB25) is a bold starter, but derives much of its flavor from excess salt. The asparagus bacon skewers (RMB18), on the other hand, are mild with a hint of savory cheese and arouse warm memories of potlucks back home. Unfortunately, the ‘bacon’ turns out to be grey, thinly sliced pork – the kind you’d dunk into a hot pot. The prawn and cheese tempura (RMB38) – a lightly battered roll stuffed with shrimp, cucumbers and carrots – leaves the best impression, despite the fact that it doesn’t include any cheese (a detail that proved irrelevant after one bite). And the mayonnaise dipping sauce, which we were initially skeptical about, surprisingly enhances the overall flavor. It’s rare to spot sea urchin on a menu, so when you see it, you order it, if only for a solid Instagram post. We requested a whole sea urchin (RMB88) the moment we laid eyes on its spikey figure, but the waiter either thought we were joking or decided he’d do us a favor by not processing the order. An hour later (after reminding the staff), our prickly prey arrived in a bowl of ice adorned with floral sprigs and a wooden ornament.

The roe (which we later found out is the urchin’s gonads) smelled foul and tasted twice as bad. We doused the sour, sulfurscented goop in soy sauce and wasabi before wrapping it in two layers of seaweed. Yet still the intolerable flavor came through, unmasked and resilient. Not all exotic delicacies, it would seem, taste like chicken. Thankfully, Sanhe Cang’s cool chardonnay (RMB48) carried us through the somewhat traumatic gonad-gobbling experience. Shooters (RMB35), cocktails (RMB43-48) and draft beer (RMB38) also stand by to ease troubled tongues. Between nonstop hits from the soundtrack Begin Again and downstairs pool tables (coming soon), Sanhe Cang promises a laid-back – but gastronomically thrilling – night out. Price: RMB150 Who’s going: Japanese history majors, ripe intellectuals Good for: First dates, fried sushi

> Shop 3, west Gate, Taikoo Pier, 124 Gexin Lu, Haizhu district 海珠区革新路124号太古仓3号西门 (2810 1581)

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ucked behind a sea of mobile phone booths buzzing with vexing salesmen on the fourth floor of China Plaza, Amy Kitchen – a conspicuous baby blue presence with minimalist decor – seems gracefully out of place. Originally from Vietnam, chef and owner Amy Nguyen spent most of her childhood in Hong Kong, where she started Italian culinary training at age 15. She soon acquired an immense passion for cooking, and has pursued the art for the past 13 years. It’s normal for Nguyen to spend 10 hours in her kitchen, wrestling with the composition and flavoring of dishes. After working at several restaurants in Hong Kong, Nguyen recently resolved to start her own brand, and Amy Kitchen was born. Sticking to its Vietnamese roots, Amy caters to the adventurous with a boneless chicken feet salad (RMB24, and yes, it really is boneless), featuring a bed of lettuce topped with celery, tomatoes and carrots. Cradled in a white porcelain bowl and adorned with mint, the salad is as alluring in presentation

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as it is appetizing in taste. The Vietnamese snacks assortment (RMB39) includes spring rolls, Vietnamese steamed ravioli and roasted text by TRISTIN ZHANG, photos by Claire Zheng pork neck meat with cucumber and lettuce on the side. The spring rolls boast Snug and simple, it’s the perfect place a crisp crust stuffed with diced mushrooms, to pack in a hearty snack and explore all shrimp, pork and vermicelli, while the rakinds of delectable Vietnamese nosh. violi – topped with scallion oil and crushed peanuts and filled with a delicious mix of Price: RMB50 mushrooms, water chestnuts and vegetables Who’s going: Stylish couples, – makes a hearty vegetarian snack. The pork ravenous shoppers neck meat, eaten either with or without letGood for: Light Vietnamese tuce and cucumbers, is tender and chewy. meals, healthy, imported reFor mains, Amy Kitchen offers several freshments cold vermicelli dishes, all of which come with slices of carrots and lemongrass, coriander > 1) Shop A9b, 4/F, China and mint. The beef vermicelli (RMB28), Plaza, yuexiu district 越 spiced with a sweet and sour nuoc mam 秀区中华广场四楼A9b (Vietnamese for dipping sauce), is refresh(2917 5059); 2) Shop b16, City walk, Mall of the ingly filling. world, Tianhe district Nguyen, who is concerned about the (Exit b, Huacheng Ave. safety of food on the mainland, claims that all Metro Station, APM line) ingredients are imported – another reason 天河区花城汇海印都汇 you may decide to visit, and often.

Baby Blue Bliss

b16 (2903 2359)

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Xiezhu Long’en 谢煮笼恩 Praise the Lord!

text by Tristin Zhang, photos by Claire Zheng

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uring China’s dynastic era, there were many specific conventions associated with addressing the emperor. A new Cantonese eatery on Jianshe Liu Malu has taken inspiration from these conversational formulae with a homophonous play on the old Chinese phrase ‘xiezhu long’en’ (谢主 笼恩). Literally meaning ‘thank you lord for your grand offerings,’ it was a customary response when acknowledging gifts from the sovereign, but would Xiezhu Long’en merit the seal of approval or summary execution? Upon arrival, we behold through the door a green Chinese dragon with dim sum baskets for a body – a frippery we learn cost the owner RMB100,000 to fashion. Tramping down a staircase towards the basement where the restaurant is housed, we soon learn it is not the only peculiarity on display. The dining area is presented in shades of white and sea blue. Porcelain works and photos of pottery (the owner must have a thing for ceramics) adorn the perimeter of the room, along with an animated mural of characters from imperial and modern China. The interior shares a similar vibe with other Cantonese restaurants – it’s incredibly noisy, especially as it’s newly opened. Creativeness goes a long way in every field, and Xiezhu Long’en seems to understand this fact, as each of its delicacies are the pinnacle of innovation. The mushroom buns (黑松露酱蘑菇包, RMB26), placed on a lotus leaf in a square bamboo basket, and the rose-shaped buns (爱情饮水包, RMB20), set on a raft-shaped plate, are prime examples of the kitchen’s imagination. Yet while the presentation outshines that of other Cantonese 6 2 | F e b ruar y 2 0 1 6 | G Z | w w w . thatsmags . com

venues, the taste of the two aforementioned dishes is bland and indistinguishable. The rubia argyi dumplings with vinegar (十年 陈醋香茜饺, RMB20) are robust and full-bodied. The filling of chopped pork and rubia argyi – a spice widely used throughout Asia – offers a special smack

to the mouthfuls, which taste even richer when dipped in vinegar. The beef shumai (RMB24) with chenpi (sun-dried tangerine skins) and dang shen (a famous Chinese drug known as ‘poor man’s ginseng’) is not for everybody. You’ll find the taste especially bizarre if you’ve gotten used to eating traditional shrimp and pork shumai. For dessert, we go for the marshmallow ice cream (棉花糖堡, RMB38). The size of a soccer ball, a ball of fluff rests atop a bowl of ice cream and draws prolonged stares from nearby patrons waiting for us to make our move. Embarrassed by our dearth of knowledge of how to eat a giant marshmallow, we flatten it and awkwardly reel it in with our forks, hoping our action will turn curious eyes away. Bashful diners steer clear! Breakfast dim sum commences at 8am and lasts until 11am, during which guests can enjoy 30 percent off. The dim sum menu is available until 5.30pm, when Xiezhu Long’en rolls out Cantonese hot pot. There is currently a 22 percent discount on meals from 11am through to closing time at 1am. Pleased with our visit and the generous deals, we remember to ‘thank the lord for his grand offerings’ before leaving. Price: RMB80 Who’s going: Gossiping ayis, eavesdroppers Good for: Guessing what’s in your food, inventive Cantonese eats

> 41 Jianshe Liu Malu, yuexiu district 越秀区建设六 马路41号 (8380 8299)


Capone Sandwich Mafia

Sandwich Hangout No. 1 by Matthew Bossons

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uch like Al Capone in Chicago, Guangzhou’s Capone Sandwich Mafia is destined to gain citywide notoriety. Strategically located on Xingsheng Lu in one of the street’s detached tent locations, the modest set-up is crafting sandwiches like no one else in town (that we’re aware of anyway). Open from 5pm to 2am, the restaurant vaunts a macho menu that cuts right to the chase – it’s just three burgers and four sandwiches (all of which are halal). What the limited menu lacks in quantity, however, it makes up in quality, with each dish (minus the vegetarian sandwich) harboring a hearty portion of 100 percent Argentinean

beef, along with fresh vegetables and sauces, including blue cheese and BBQ. First timers to this location should dive into the Al Capone sandwich (RMB70), which piles Argentinean topside beef, a fried egg, blue cheese sauce and your standard sandwich veggies on a slice of white deli bread. While the shop’s burgers are above average, the sandwiches are truly next level. Pop in on a Wednesday evening and enjoy an unreal buy-oneget-one-free deal. If you are dead set on trying one of Capone’s hamburgers, we suggest the goodfellas burger (RMB50), composed of typical toppings (lettuce, tomato, cheese) and a succulent patty slathered in

barbecue sauce. On Mondays, you can snag this baby for the reduced price of RMB35 – making it a contender for the best bargain burger on the Xingsheng strip. Aside from delicious finger food, Capone presents one of the best beer selections on the street, with roughly 30 imported bottles and several craft brews. The foremost downside to all this is the fact that the joint doesn’t have its own restroom and instead shares a toilet with a real estate company behind the premises. Word has it the agents are lovely people – that, or they don’t feel like saying no to the mafia. Price: RMB90-100 (including a beer) Who’s going: Mobsters, teachers tired of Subway Good for: Tasty sandwiches and 80s rock ‘n’ roll > Shop 106b, 9 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe district 天河区珠江新城兴盛路9号106b (weChat account: adamdangerprice)

Paulaner’s Salvator Bier The strongest Bier ever brewed in Guangzhou exclusively available in the Paulaner Bräuhaus Being the first Paulaner Bier in history to be brewed, this seasonal specialty is traditionally made for the period of fasting to facilitate the time between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. In Paulaner Bräuhaus Guangzhou, our Brewmaster, Otto Schneider, knows the secrets of brewing this special beer and just for the festive time it is available in your favourite Bräuhaus. So come, sit down and drink together in the month of February to honour the monk’s tradition by celebrating their seasonal Bier. From 26th February 2016 until tanks run empty

Please call 28086333 for reservations L307 on level 3 of Taikoo Hui, No.383 Tianhe Rd, Tianhe District • www.paulaner-brauhaus.com

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The Roof Bar

Taking Cool to New Heights by Lena Gidwani

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he best kind of bar is a rooftop bar, and the best kind of drinks are drinks with a view. It’s what Instagram was made for – not those pseudo-artsy shots of Sunday brunch. So we were incredibly excited when Park Hyatt Guangzhou broke the news of its awesome sights. Press releases said it planned to open the highest outdoor bar in Guangzhou, akin to the likes of Singapore’s Kudeta and Bangkok’s Sky Bar. We were gripped; our nights of imbibing were about to reach a whole new level of swankiness. Still, we were doubtful; after all, this is Guangzhou. Stepping out of the elevator, some 70

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floors above the concrete-filled throngs of Zhujiang New Town, a dimly lit pinnacle of elevated leisure shifts into view. Pockets of well-dressed, attractive people sit around unique, organic spaces. Floor-to-ceiling windows create silhouettes of bartenders as they mix creative cocktails and prepare platters of fine oysters and imperial caviar. Imported swills like Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay (RMB360) and Yamazaki 12 Year (RMB1,580) are on-trend, as are the vintage wines and champagnes, premium cocktails, cognacs and whiskies – all at prices one would expect to pay in such a swish establishment. The jewel in the crown, however, is the uber-sleek outdoor terrace located just a few paces away, past walls of laughing Buddhas, industrial gears and a grand piano. Enveloping guests in what is considered to be the most unadulterated of rooftop pleasures, it’s decked out with chic loungers, day beds and a stand-alone bar for private soi-

rees. Marvel at the panorama, which includes a knockout view of the iconic Canton Tower. Of course, being the city’s highest rooftop bar, the pushing and shoving to take puckered lip selfies against the scenic backdrop can make you feel like you’re in a cattle market. But it’s only to be expected in a place where the views are as dizzying as the drinks. Seeing as it may still be too chilly to hang outside all night, ask to borrow one of Roof Bar’s coveted cashmere pashmina shawls. They’re perfect to cozy up with and are rumored to have made a prominent restaurateur swoon with fluttery delight. For a city not particularly renowned for its skyscrapers, Guangzhou’s new Roof Bar at the Park Hyatt Guangzhou sure knows how to make the most of alcohol at an altitude. Price: RMB200 Who’s going: Suave highbrows, shameless selfie takers Good for: The best view in Guangzhou

> 70/F, Park Hyatt Guangzhou, 16 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe district 天河区珠江新城华夏路16号广州柏悦酒店70层 (3769 1234)


Lazy Beer

Almost Good Enough to Drink TEXT AND PHOTOS by Jocelyn Richards

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h, what we do for craft beer. This month, the pursuit led us to a new branch of Lazy Beer in Fashion Tianhe Plaza – an endless underground maze of shopaholics, polyester stuffed animals and stinky tofu that feels more or less like the worst place on earth. Don’t believe us? Start at Tiyu Sports Center Metro Station, Exit D3, and try to find Lazy Beer. You’ll understand what we mean soon enough. After a solid 15 minutes of aimless searching, we were about to give up on the premise that a bar in Fashion Tianhe is never worth reviewing, when the neon lettering ‘Lazy’ emerged in the distance. Approaching the entrance, we found ourselves in the sole company of a minion, who was also checking the place out. Perfect. Sitting down in a far corner – so as not to be seen by anyone we knew (though chances of that happening were already quite slim) – we opened the menu and flipped hurriedly to the craft beer page. Three of four varieties were sold out, of course, so we opted for the

only one available: wheat beer (RMB38). The waiter assured us that brown lager, Ayrshire dark and double IPA would be available the next day. The beer arrived promptly, which reflected the service overall: fast and astute. Rich, foamy and subtly bitter, it was clearly a homemade brew. The delayed watery aftertaste, however, convinced us that a return trip would never be necessary. The food was hilarious, in a word. Our mango salad (RMB38) was edible save for the chicken, which tasted like a dusty pantry. The ‘baby back ribs’ (RMB108), however – photographed smothered in sweet BBQ sauce on the menu – were prepared Hong Kong-dinerstyle. Strips of pink, fatty meat encircled a giant bone, their skins crispy and dry. A small bowl of clear, faintly sugary liquid was placed on the side of the platter – the ‘sweet sauce.’

We picked at the meat, idly devouring a side of fried potato wedges that tasted heavenly in comparison. At this point, more young patrons started to trickle in, taking turns at the pool table. No one seemed to be eating – a point we wished dianping.com had clued us in on. In retrospect, the place wasn’t unbearable. The spacious interior would suit large parties seeking craft beer, foosball and darts. Just be sure to come full and be open-minded about the fellow minion clientele. Price: RMB60 Who’s going: Young Chinese posses, obnoxious shoppers Good for: Free access to pool, foosball and darts

> Next to Service Center 4, Fashion Tianhe Plaza, 299 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe district 天河区天河路299号时尚天河 广场中区4号服务台旁 (3884 9892)

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The New Party Pier

Finding the Art in Party by Jocelyn Richards

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fter a year-long hiatus and completion of the APM Line, the Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture and Art Zone is back in business. Only this time, the wharf is promoting the latter half of its appellation, opening new art showrooms, apparel shops, entertainment hubs and more. Think Redtory meets Xingsheng Lu, with striking views of the Pearl River as an added bonus. So don’t wait until dusk to party on the pier – head over at noon and see what you’ve been missing.

IN THE DAYLIGHT

Appolo Screaming attention in a bright red, gable-roofed cottage, Appolo – named after the Hong Kong ice cream brand – scoops up velvety sweetness in flavors of chocolate, vanilla, matcha, mango, taro and strawberry (RMB18). The cones are handmade daily, twisted into paper-thin funnels with delectable crunch. Passion fruit tea (RMB35) and classic cocktails (RMB40) are also available, as well as quick, fried eats and homemade pizza (RMB48-58). Large windows make Appolo the perfect people-watching pit stop after a long day of walking. Grab a seat overlooking the promenade and watch the sun fade behind Guangzhou’s brilliant cityscape. > (132 6512 1351)

Formula 1 Experience Center Kick-start a lackluster Saturday afternoon with a shot of adrenaline and speed. The new experience center allows guests to try out F1 luxury racecars and challenge friends to a simulated race. Three flat-screen TVs provide a lifelike view of the course, while speakers resound the satisfying purr of a revved engine. The cars physically jolt and swerve with each turn – or crash – resulting in a sweat-inducing simulation that feels more like a workout than a joy ride. Prices start at RMB190 for a six-minute race, RMB290 for 12 minutes or RMB390 for 30 minutes. There’s a bar inside as well, in case you’re looking to ride with a little extra vigor. > (6106 7666, www.d2l.cc)

Sun in Sky Housed within 15 refurbished silos, Sun in Sky is an upscale art, furniture and apparel showroom that may very well be the talk of the town once it opens – hopefully this March. Each lofty chamber has been refashioned with mysterious trappings born from a host of natural materials. A warped African tree trunk is suspended from wires in one room, while white masquerade masks emerge eerily from the wall of another. Inlayed steel furniture and startling figurines – all for sale – inhabit dim corners. Once completed, a lounge serving champagne, red wine and artisan Japanese coffee will share a doorway with designer clothing shop Seven7Sky. Bold, unique and enthrallingly decorated, Sun in Sky is a profound artistic experiment that will resonate best with the fashion-forward. > (8370 2777)

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WHEN NIGHT FALLS Sense Club Embracing, somewhat aggressively, a medieval theme, Sense Club occupies four floors of a castle-like edifice in central Party Pier. Two knights in armor guard the grim entranceway, which is simultaneously cold and intriguing. Miniature hot air balloons hover dreamily in the highceilinged performance room, barely offsetting the venue’s gloomy disposition. From 9pm to midnight, an award-winning house band dominates the stage with light pop rock. Sensual party beats take over after that, carrying patrons into the wee hours of 4 or 5am. Climbing a narrow staircase to the second floor, guests can opt to hang out on a transparent walkway overlooking the stage or lounge in one of the neighboring rooms. Red leather sofas and shadowy wall paintings combine for a retro, late-night vibe. This isn’t a place for innocuous clubbing – everything about Sense feels icy, dangerous and hardcore. The third floor opens onto a terrace facing construction sites (the balcony is nowhere near the waterfront, unfortunately). Patio furniture and Chinese barbecue promise a comforting retreat for weary party animals. An even narrower set of stairs leads to the fourth floor, a scenic rooftop and hot destination for romantic pairs who locked eyes on the first, second or third levels. In terms of drinks, Sense offers nothing out of the ordinary – cocktails are classic and mediocre, with aptly trained but stillamateur mixologists on board. The environment is Sense’s strong point, and seeing that the club is too far from the riverside for any meaningful view, that’s saying a lot. > (3432 9136)

> Zhujiang Party Pier and Art Culture district, 118 Modiesha dajie, Haizhu district 海珠区磨碟 沙大街118号珠江琶醍啤酒文化创意艺术区中区盛事餐吧

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Danny Malando Dance Orchestra Light Music

Seafood Market on Valentine’s Day Buffet

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Lovers’ Course Dinner Bring your special someone to Limoni for a spectacular Valentine’s dinner, Italiano-style. Presenting a special lovers’ course that begins with roses and a welcome drink held in a charming glass, the eight-course dinner will feature full-bodied Italian food to be savored with a bottle of Perrier Jouet Blason Rose, all tailored for the most romantic night and a grateful glance from your loved one. > Sun Feb 14, 6-10pm; RMB1,888 for two. Limoni, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区兴安 路3号广州富力丽思卡尔顿酒店 (3813 6888)

Be My Valentine at 2 on 988 Dinner

Make it a lavish night of desire at Guangzhou’s high-end French hotel. Let the signature Absolut seafood buffet sweep you off your feet while taking a sip of French champagne in the romantic candlelit setting of 2 on 988. Excellent food, hand-selected wine and a classy environment will make it an evening to remember. Pour toujours et a jamais! > Sun Feb 14, 6-10pm; RMB548 plus 15 percent. 2 on 988, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District 天河区 广州大道中988号广州圣丰索菲特大酒 店 (3883 8888)

Born Arie Maasland, Dutch musician A. Malando founded the Malando Dance Orchestra – a light music and dance orchestra – in 1937, and toured throughout the Netherlands before being invited to perform in Nazi Germany. Soon, A. Malando’s compositions grew immensely popular, especially between 19441960. The many tangos he composed are among the most played around the world. In 1999, Danny Malando, grandson of A. Malando, took charge of the orchestra. His pursuit of perfection and musical talent enabled Malando Dance Orchestra to grow into the charming and versatile orchestra it is today. On Valentine’s Day, Danny Malando and his orchestra will bring their incredible history and musical prowess to music fans in Guangzhou. > Sat-Sun Feb 13-14, 8pm; RMB199-720 for one, RMB366-1,314 for two. Opera Hall, Guangzhou Opera House, 1 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Tianhe District 天河区珠江西路 1号广州大剧院 (3839 2888)

The Market Café has meticulously prepared a Valentine-themed seafood buffet to suit your date’s highest standards. Its elite culinary team will present a distinctive feast of the sea, featuring mouth-watering oysters from Australia and New Zealand as well as grilled Alaskan crab legs, rich in protein and micronutrients. Argentine red shrimp and a fine selection of sashimi will round out the delicious feast. > Sun Feb 14, 5.30-9.30pm; RMB828 plus 15 percent per person. The Market Café, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, 12 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天 河区珠江新城珠江西路12号广州富力 君悦大酒店 (8550 8025/8026)

Dine in French Romance Dinner

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Valentine’s Day at the Langham Dinner

Langham Place, Guangzhou has expanded its dining options to offer the ideal romantic ambiance this Valentine’s Day. Couples dining at any of the restaurants will be offered photos together holding a special note prepared by the hotel. In addition, Alfresco Restaurant will present a four-course candlelit dinner (RMB999 for two) decorated especially for the evening. The Open Kitchen will feature a floral-themed dinner (RMB398 per person), while Ming Court plans to create a grand seven-course dinner (RMB538 per person) with exclusive drinks. For more information, please call 8916 3388. > Sun Feb 14. Langham Place, Guangzhou, 638 Xingang Dong Lu, Haizhu District 海珠区新港东路638号广州南丰朗豪酒店 (8916 3388)

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Experience the charms of France this Valentine’s Day – strolling by La Seine, wandering about on the Champs Elysees, whispering sweet nothings in a cafe – at G Restaurant, which recreates that timeless romantic air for patrons in Guangzhou. Showcasing first-class seafood from France, the dinner features Fine de Claire oysters, well known for their richness in flavor, chunky Bretagne lobster, Alaskan king crab and New Zealand mutton steak. Reserve your seats early for an enchanting Valentine’s Day. > Sun Feb 14, 6-10pm; RMB2,016 plus 15 percent for two. G Restaurant, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, 12 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城珠江西路 12号广州富力君悦大酒店 (8550 8025/8026)


Caspian Post-rock

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Guangdong National Orchestra Chinese Folk One of the most renowned Chinese folk ensembles, the Guangdong National Orchestra emerged from the Chinese Dance and Song Theater in 2002. Having established themselves as an independent national orchestra with more than 1,000 works in their repertoire, the orchestra has collaborated with many prominent national artists and expanded their ranks to include top graduates from famous conservatories in China and Hong Kong. Members span all ages, giving vitality to the orchestra, which is frequently invited to international events, such as the Art Festival of China, Tokushima Folk Art Festival of Japan, Singapore Arts Festival, Hong Kong Youth Art Festival, Macao International Music Festival and Lisbon Music Week. On February 21, join the Guangdong National Orchestra in an epic evening of folk melody. > Sun Feb 21, 8pm; RMB80-380. Symphony Hall, Xinghai Concert Hall, 33 Qingbo Lu, Yuexiu District 越秀区晴波路33号星海音乐厅 (8735 3869)

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Moonsorrow Heavy Metal

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Based in Beverly, Massachusetts, post-rock band Caspian just celebrated the 10th anniversary of their inception with a new album, Dust and Disquiet. Since the release of their previous record, Waking Season, Caspian has suffered from the loss of their founding bassist, Chris Friedrich. Yet knowing they must continue, the group pulled together in Friedrich’s honor. “After a while, you can forget why you’re out there in the first place. Deciding to do another record was a move to reclaim for ourselves why it is that we do all this – music is our strongest antidote to feelings of emptiness and disquiet,” said founding guitarist Phil Jamieson. With their brand-new album, Caspian is embarking on a tour of China, stopping in Shenzhen on February 26 and Guangzhou on February 27. Performances in Wuhan, Chongqing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing will follow. > Sat Feb 27, 8.30-10pm; RMB80 presale, RMB100 at the door. Fei Livehouse, B4-01/02, Redtory, 128 Yuancun Si Heng Lu, Tianhe District 天河区员村四横路128号红专厂创意 园区B4-01/02飞Livehouse (189 0227 6904)

Floating Flower Market

Festival

For decades, Liwan Lake Park has organized a one-of-a-kind festival celebration during the Chinese Spring Festival. Come watch riverboats garnished with thousands of flowers as they make their way through the ornate waterways of the park and towards historic Xiguan neighborhoods. Hundreds of lanterns will be on display, as well as live bands and stands selling local snacks. It’s sure to be a stimulating cultural excursion, and admission is free, so why not stop by? > Feb 6-28, 10am-7pm; free entry. Liwan Hu Gongyuan, Longjin Xi Lu, Liwan District 荔湾区龙津西路荔湾 湖公园

Xiaozhou Art Festival Bazaar

Calling their sound ‘epic heathen metal’ to distance themselves from ‘Viking metal,’ which is characterized by a lyrical and thematic focus on the Viking age, Finnish pagan metal band Moonsorrow subsumes elements of black metal and folk metal in their music. Rather than happy and danceable, Moonsorrow’s music takes a spiritual note and can be challenging for listeners to fully understand. Founded in 1995, the group released their debut album, Suden Uni, which has more melodic black metal elements than their later releases. Drawing inspiration from Finnish mythology, Moonsorrow’s lyrics sound fabled and poetic. Prepare yourself for a genuinely legendary concert. > Wed Mar 2, 8.30-10pm; RMB160 presale, RMB200 at the door. Y:union, 8/F, Happy Valley Mall, 36 Machang Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠 江新城马场路36号太阳新天地购物中心8F818乐府Livehouse (135 6024 4425)

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From East to West, traditional to contemporary, hardware to software, tangible to intangible, art crosses boundaries and collides different fields to inspire new thoughts and opportunities. Centered on this cross-boundary idea, the sixth edition of the Xiaozhou Art Festival embraces numerous forms of art, be it traditional or modern. Exhibitions involve sculpture, new media, hip-hop, lacquer painting and photography, among others. Vintage flea markets and music parties, too, await the artist in you. > Until Feb 26, 10am-5pm; free entry. Xiaozhou Village, Xiaozhou Lu, Haizhu District 海珠区小洲路小洲村

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Tangba Ukulele Class

Canton Temple Fair Celebration

Aloha! Tangba Ukulele, one of the largest ukulele schools in China, is dedicated to promoting the art of and teaching interested students how to play, this unique Hawaiian instrument. With a stellar reputation and well-developed courses, Tangba Ukulele offers a free, one-hour workshop every week for newcomers. If learning ukulele is your New Year’s resolution, the Tangba Ukulele classroom is definitely worth a visit. > Every Sunday until Apr 17, 2-3.30pm; free entry. 1103, Bldg. 2, Area B, Xingang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District 海珠区新港中路丽影广场B区2座1103室 (180 2235 9120)

An annual Chinese New Year tradition, the Canton Temple Fair features acrobatic performances, live music, traditional dances and much, much more. Rather than be contained in one specific venue, the celebration trickles out onto the entirety of Beijing Lu. Head to this historic pedestrian street for a lazy afternoon of window-shopping and take advantage of the free festivities! > Daily, Feb 22-28, noon-7pm; free entry. Chenghuang Temple area, Zhongshan Si Lu, Yuexiu District 越秀区中山四路城隍庙

Catch of the Month Buffet

Oyster Feast Dinner

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Weekend Lunch at Catch Lunch Special The 100-story-high Catch restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou is launching a seafood-themed set lunch made up of an array of multicultural treats such as foie gras, prosciutto and fragrant rice. As the concept of ‘healthy and light’ becomes an increasingly popular approach to eating, Chef Paddy Chan has added more fresh vegetable and seafood dishes to the menu, balancing it with meat and rice. Flaunting a stylish dining environment and panoramic view, Catch presents treats to the eyes as well as an exceptional culinary spread. > Sat-Sun all month, 11.30am2.30pm; RMB298 for two-course set lunch, RMB408 for three-course set lunch, RMB78 for a glass of Prosecco, all prices subject to 15 percent service charge. Catch, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, 5 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Tianhe District 天河区珠江西路5号广 州四季酒店 (8883 3300)

A reincarnation of New York’s original brasserie, Foods offers the best of Asian and Western tradition in an urban, rustic setting. Breakfast, lunch and dinner take center stage as six live action cooking theaters feature a melange of vibrant colors and fresh flavors. The culinary team presents an innovative array of dishes in the all-day dining venue with indoor and outdoor seating areas. From January to March, Foods restaurant is offering a special treat at its acclaimed international seafood buffet dinner. Between the 10th and 20th of each month, chefs will select one specific food to be prepared in 10 different ways. January will feature Icelandic mackerel, February salmon and March calamari cornucopia. Come and experience the culinary magic of Foods’ star chefs. > Jan-Mar 10-20, 6-10pm; RMB588 plus 15 percent. Foods, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区兴安路3号 广州富力丽思卡尔顿酒店 (3813 6888)

Treat yourself to fresh, first-class oysters at The Open Kitchen. Selecting an array of mouthwatering varieties from France, Canada and Scotland that ensure rich, succulent flavor in each bite, the chef pairs each variety with the freshest ingredients to whip up 30 unique, dazzling dishes. > Until Feb 29 (Valentine’s Day excluded), 6-10pm; RMB338 Sun-Thu, RMB388 Fri-Sat. The Open Kitchen, Langham Place, Guangzhou, 638 Xingang Dong Lu, Haizhu District 海 珠区新港东路638号广州南丰朗豪酒店 (8916 3388)

Bubbles and Pearls at Churchill Bar Dinner

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For sheer extravagance, it doesn’t get much better than this special package at The Churchill Bar. Along with a dozen finest oysters, a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier will be served to tantalize your taste buds and introduce the very essence of indulgence. > Until March 31; RMB1,288 plus 15 percent, RMB588 for one glass of Dom Perignon. The Churchill Bar, The RitzCarlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Tianhe District 天河区兴安路3号广州富 力丽思卡尔顿酒店 (3813 6898)


American Seafood Festival Buffet

Partnered with ASMI China, Food Export USA Northeast, SUSTA and WUSATA, the Asia International Hotel is proudly launching its American Seafood Festival at revolving restaurant Sky Café, featuring a remarkable collection of snow crabs, scallops, yellowfin sole, Pacific cod, blue crabs and Boston lobsters. Executive Chef Sam Zeng has selected and prepared exceptional lingcod fish, sturgeons and sole for patrons to savor. Seafood lovers, come for a tantalizing feast and dive into newly harvested, premier American seafood. > Until Feb 29, noon-2.30pm, 6-9.30pm; RMB258 lunch, RMB358 dinner, subject to 15 percent service charge. Sky Café, Asia International Hotel, 326 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District 越秀区环市东路326号广东亚洲国际大酒店 (6128 8888 ext. 4583)

Ink As Superior – Kan Tai-keung Solo Exhibition

Nanta Musical Comedy

Debuting in Seoul in 1997, Nanta is a Korean non-verbal comedy show that incorporates traditional Korean samul nori – a genre of percussion music. It follows the story of three chefs trying to finish preparations for a wedding banquet after the restaurant manager’s unskilled nephew is appointed to the kitchen staff. Incorporating acrobatics, comedy, magic tricks and audience participation, most of the music in the show is improvised with utensils like cutting boards and kitchen knives. As the longest-running show in Korean stage history, Nanta has been performed in 18 countries, including on Broadway in 2004. > Until Mar 30, 8-9.30pm; RMB160-480. Zhengjia Theatre, Grandview Mall, 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District 天河区天河路正佳广场正佳演艺剧场 (3833 1818)

Impressionists in Vincent van Gogh’s Time

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Retrograde Poetry

Exhibition

Yang Shun is a young Chinese oil painter based in Barcelona who won the Annual Young Artist Award presented by Spain’s Caixa Galicia Art Foundation. A graduate of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, Yang’s artwork has been exhibited domestically in major cities like Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai, as well as overseas in Spain, Germany and Italy. Her solo exhibition Retrograde Poetry at Kui Yuan Gallery explores the purport of our existence, inspiring us to look back in time and rediscover those dreams and pursuits lost in all the noise and vanity within our hearts. Find your answer to that profound question at the exhibition this month. > Tue-Sun Jan 9-Feb 16, 10am10pm; free entry. Kui Yuan Gallery, 9 Xuguyuan Lu, Yuexiu District 越秀区 恤孤院路9号逵园艺术馆 (8765 9746)

Since engaging with ink painting in the 70s, Hong Kong artist Kan Tai-keung has been incorporating sentiments embodied in traditional ink wash of the East with design concepts of the West to create a unique contemporary style of his own. His earlier works are influenced, to a large extent, by famous Chinese painters such Lv Shoukun and Wucius Wong. His recent works, however, can be regarded as following his own heart. To better demonstrate the artist’s most recent work, this exhibition will display not only large-scale pieces such as ‘Mountain and Water Calligraphy,’ but also moderate-sized sketches that are expressions of the artist’s unfettered mind. > Until Feb 28 (closed on Mondays), 10am-7pm; free entry. Fei Gallery, G/F, Estate Plaza, 5 Nonglin Xia Lu, Yuexiu District 越秀区农林下路5号亿 达大厦负一层 (3768 8830)

This high-tech exhibition of works by van Gogh and other impressionist masters will offer guests a unique window into the medium. Explore multi-media displays and high-resolution videos set amongst surround sound for a dynamic space to view the impressionistic works. All senses will be mobilized at this exhibition, allowing audiences to perceive the subtle artistic conceptions of the world’s most renowned painters. > Until Feb 21, 10am-10pm; RMB100 on weekdays, RMB120 on weekends, RMB50 for children. Experimental Hall, Guangzhou Opera House, 1 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城珠江西路1号广州大剧院实验剧场 (3839 2888)

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We have a pair of tickets to this show to give away! Message our official WeChat account (Thats_PRD) before February 18 with the subject ‘Vincent van Gogh’ and why you should win. Please include your full name and contact number.

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hotel news NEWS Starwood Hotels & Resorts Unveils Tech-forward Aloft Brand in Fenggang District, Dongguan Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. has announced the debut of its sizzling Aloft brand in Fenggang District of Dongguan. Owned by Yitian Group, Aloft Dongguan Dynamic Town marks the first international property in the district, which is located at the junction of Dongguan Dynamic Town and Shenzhen Longgang Central Business District. The hotel is set to elevate the local hospitality landscape with its buzzing social scene and tech-forward mindset, offering a vibrant option for hyper-connected global travelers. W Guangzhou Presents Monthly Cooking Lab

Chengdu Jintang Hengda Hotel Launches Spring Festival Package To greet the arrival of the Spring Festival, the Chengdu Jintang Hengda Hotel has launched a Spring Festival package to help make those annual family reunions go just a little bit smoother. Located near the Small Three Gorges on the Tuojiang River, the hotel is a gracious establishment with aesthetic architectural style and surrounding scenery. Starting from RMB1,888, which includes a one-night stay in a luxury room, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast for two at Evergrande Cafe, accompanied by special gifts and desserts. Patrons will also receive a pedicure for two at the health center and free access to the sports center and entertainment center with countless games that promise a solid afternoon of fun. Don’t have a big trip planned this February? Start exploring the lesser-known marvels on the mainland and get the most out of your extra savings.

guests can enjoy innovative takes on their favorite dishes. The restaurant is celebrating the start of the 2016 season with a special offer at Petrus ADD Restaurant until March 21. The first 20 guests each day will enjoy an amazing deal of RMB128 for the lunch buffet. > Vaperse Hotel, 5 Jinsui Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城广州威珀斯酒店 (3893 3888 ext. 3116)

Enjoy Chinese New Year at the Ritz-Carlton

> Chengdu Jintang Hengda Hotel, Evergrande Royal Peninsula, 555 Jinfeng Lu, Jintang County, Chengdu 成 都市金堂县金凤路555号恒大御景半岛金堂恒大酒店 (0288458 8888)

Chinese New Year Getaway at the Garden Hotel

To enhance its chic dining experience, W Guangzhou recently introduced a fresh interpretation of modern gastronomy with a tasteful cooking lab on January 23. The event provided insight into the hotel’s passion, creation and innovation in the culinary arts. Its chefs introduced the ideologies behind their gourmet inventions, many of which have earned them international eminence.

PROMOTIONS A Journey of Rare and Intimate Experience

Whether you wish to explore one of Asia’s greatest cities, relax in tropical surroundings or visit family, at The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, you are sure to have a memorable experience and be pampered with legendary service. Enjoy greater value with the Cherished Chinese New Year Package, which includes accommodation for two consecutive nights, daily buffet breakfast for up to three guests, daily buffet dinner with free flow of soft drinks for up to three guests, a complimentary rollaway bed and access to the fitness center and pool. Price starts at RMB1,880.

Pamper yourself and loved ones with the Garden Hotel’s Chinese New Year Getaway promotion. Stay in a brand-new premier room and enjoy a traditional Cantonese dim sum set breakfast for two in the Peach Blossom restaurant. Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Guangzhou this year with a comfortable stay-cation at the Garden Hotel. Price starts at RMB788 plus 15 percent service charge.

> The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Tianhe District 天河区兴安路3号广州富力丽思卡尔顿酒店 (3813 6898)

Winter Wonderland Room Package

> The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District 越秀区环市东路368号广州花园酒店 (8333 8989 ext. 3669)

Ocean Jewel: Rockfish The distinguished chef at Mizu Japanese Restaurant in Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel selects fresh seafood daily with traditional Japanese spices. Whether salt-grilled, braised, simmered or served as part of a multi-course kaiseki dinner, rockfish has never been so palatable. Pair your dinner with a bottle of sake from the restaurant’s vast menu and enjoy a night of hospitality and warmth.

Reserve the ‘Raise The Curtain’ package and enjoy a one-night stay with complimentary breakfast, a RMB500 credit for food and beverages, one-hour access to the elegant living room as well as complimentary local calls and high-speed Internet. The package price starts at RMB2,019 and is valid until April 7. This deal is subject to availability. > Park Hyatt Guangzhou, 16 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城华夏路16号广 州柏悦大酒店 (3769 1234)

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> Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel, Fuxiang Bay, Hengqin New District, Zhuhai 珠海市横琴新区富祥湾长隆横琴湾 酒店 (0756-299 8055)

Opening Promotion at Petrus ADD Restaurant of Vaperse Hotel Petrus ADD Restaurant, with its unique city views, pleasant ambiance and floor-to-ceiling glass walls, has more than one hundred seats and offers a wide range of Western cuisines. The lunch buffet is a luxurious spread of seafood and other gourmet dishes like lamb chops, German sausage, sashimi and Hainan chicken rice. With several cooking stations,

The 5,800-square-meter outdoor garden at Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou will turn into a snow-white wonderland this month, filled with fun and amusement. A selfie zone, decorated with a polar bear and giant lollipop, will provide the perfect photo opportunity for WeChat or Instagram posts. The ‘zorb ball’ and drone, also available in the garden, will test patrons’ technical and physical skills. Invite your kids to try out the cloud machine, which creates wisps of evaporated water in different colors. Available until February 13, the price for a one-night stay and access to the garden starts at RMB1,180. > Shangri-La Hotel, Guangzhou, 1 Huizhan Dong Lu, Haizhu District 海珠区会展东路1号广州香格里拉大酒店 (8917 6498)


travel deals

Chimelong Hotel Chinese New Year’s Eve Package Embrace the festive spirit this Chinese New Year’s Eve with your family in the cheery ambiance of Chimelong Hotel. Launching New Year’s Eve packages that start from RMB2,788, the Chimelong Hotel offers theme park tickets and hotel accommodation along with a luxurious dinner banquet. Celebrate 2016 with a grand feast and impeccable service, only at Chimelong. > Chimelong Hotel, Panyu Dadao, Panyu District 番禺区番禺大道长隆酒店 (8478 6838)

Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel Room Package There’s no better place to celebrate the Year of the Monkey than at the wild-animal-themed Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel. Enjoy unparalleled facilities and take advantage of the exclusive room package currently on offer. Starting from RMB2,098, the room package includes a one-night stay in the featured guestroom as well as two tickets to the Chimelong Ocean Kingdom and Circus. > Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel, Fuxiang Bay, Hengqin New District, Zhuhai 珠海市横琴新区富祥湾长隆横琴湾酒店 (0756-299 8888)

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RESTAURANT ASIAN INDIAN (south ASIAN) Bombay Grill Cuisine of India 2 Aiguo Lu, Overseas Chinese Village (opposite Holiday Inn City Centre Hotel Lobby), Yuexiu District (8359 4533) 孟买印度餐厅, 越秀区环市东路华侨新村爱国路2号 (假日酒店正门对面) Little India Indian & Nepalese Cuisine Units 103-104, Edinburgh International Apartment, 2 Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3878 1353) 越秀区珠江新城华 利路2号爱丁堡国际公寓103-104号铺 Punjabi Indian Cusine 2/F, Guotai Hotel, 376 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8382 4542 / 8382 4596) 本杰比印度料理, 越秀区环市 东路376号国泰宾馆2楼

31,Liede Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3827 8599) 加州卷 1) 越秀区建设六马路 55 号 101 铺 ; 2)越 秀区建设六马路 12 号 ; 3) 天河区珠江新城猎德大 道 31 号中海璟晖 107 号 Fusion Japan 102B-105, Pearl River City Garden, Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3838 5477) 非常日本 , 天河区珠江新城华利路 25 号珠江都荟 102B-105 Full House 442 Huifu Donglu, Yuexiu District (8333 3882) 越秀区惠福东路 442 号 He Japanese Restaurant 1/F, 208 Dongzong Dadao, Dongcheng District, Dongguan (0769-2200 1888) 和日本料理 , 东莞市东城区东纵大道 208 号东莞万 达文华酒店 1 楼 I by Inagiku 5/F, W Guangzhou, 26 Xiancun Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (6628 6628) 稻菊日本料理 , 天河区珠江新城冼村路 26 号广州 w 酒店 5 楼 Kaiseki Japanese Restaurant 4/F, Lobby No. 2, Chimelong Hotel, Panyu Dadao, Panyu District (8478 6838 ext. 61488) 怀石料理日本餐厅 , 番禺区迎宾路长隆酒店二号大 堂4层 Koyama Robatayaki Sushi 1) 4/F, Electronic Bldg, 403 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8732 2022); 2) 3F, Ping An Building, 50-160 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (3886 8038); 3) Shop 101, 1/F, Times Square, 28 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (3882 1846) 小山日本料理 1) 越秀区环市东路 403 号电子大厦 4 楼 ; 2) 天河区体育东路 150-160 号平安大厦 3 楼 ; 3) 天河区天河北路 28 号时代广场 1 楼 101 店 Roku Roku G/F, Xiang Long Garden, 177 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (2223 3066) 六绿 , 天河区天河北路 177 号 Sushi Love Shop B1-008B, B/F, Grandview Mall, 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (8372 0178) 天河区天河路 228 号正佳广场负一层 B1-008B 商 铺

The Tandoor-Guangzhou 2/F, Asia International Hotel, 326 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (6260 8999) 天都里印度餐厅 , 越秀区 环市东路 326 号亚洲国际 大酒店二层

Sushi Oh 1) Shop 1129-1, UU Park, Mall of the World, 89 Huacheng Dadao, Tianhe District (3832 5541); 2) 3/F, China Plaza, Zhongshan San Lu, Yuexiu District (8364 1039) 寿司皇 1) 天河区花城大道 89 号天河城 UU Park 美食中心 1129-1 号铺 ; 2) 越秀区中山三路 33 号 中华广场 3 楼

THAI Amaze Shop G15-16, Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3839 9938) 泰赏 , 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 8 号兴盛汇 Banana Leaf 1) 5/F, World Trade Centre, 371-375 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8776 3738); 2) 2/F, Times Square, 28 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (3891 0728) 蕉叶风味屋 1) 越秀区环市东路 371-375 号世贸大 厦 5 楼 ; 2) 天河区天河北路 28 号时代广场 2 楼 Bangkok Bar No. 10, 104 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3801 9391) 曼谷吧 , 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 10 号 104 铺 Hero North 2, G/F, Tianhe Hui Shopping Mall, 160 Tianhe Zhijie, Tianhe District (3886 6138) 天河区天河直街 160 号天河汇商业广场首层北 02 号 Hot Basil Thai Cuisine 1) Shop G4-5, 522 Huifu Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8330 2183); 2) 2/F, Unit 205, 75 Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8558 3988) 泰地道 1) 越秀区惠福东路 522 号 G4-5 铺 ; 2) 天 河区天河东路 75 号二楼 205 铺 Mr. Thai Shop 201 (above Starbucks on Xingsheng Lu), 31 Liede Dadao, Tianhe District (8660 6822) 天河区猎德大道 31 号二楼 201 ( 兴盛路风情街星 巴克上 ) Soi 5 G/F, 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8388 3821) 越秀区建设六马路 1 号誉海食街一楼

VIETNAMESE District Bo Ho No. 20 Jianshe Si Malu (next to Oggi) Yuexiu District (8356 7059) 越秀区建设四马路 20 号 Indochine 57 Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (2893 5253) 天河区天河东路 57 号 Lemon House Vietnamese Cuisine 1) 1/F, 11 Jianshe Liu Ma Lu, Yuexiu District (8375 3600); 2) 511 Huifu Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8318 9715) 越茗苑越式美食 1) 越秀区建设六马路 11 号首层 ; 2) 越秀区惠福东路 511 号 Lemon Leaf 32 Dezheng Nan Lu, Yuexiu District (8381 5981) 柠檬叶越南餐厅 , 越秀区德政南路 32 号

Taste of India 165 Taojin Lu, Yuexiu District (8350 7688, 8357 2688) 印斯味餐馆酒廊 , 越秀区淘金路 165 号国际大酒店 二层

Nha Trang Vietnamese Restaurant 2/F, Guangzhou Yijian Building, 3-7 Jianshe Liu Malu (8373 6663) 芽莊越式料理越秀区建设六马路 3-7 号广州一建 大厦二层

INDONESIAN

Tiger Prawn Vietnamese Restuarant 1) 548-552 Huifu Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8319 1277); 2) 8/F Guangming Plaza, 63 Xihu Lu, Yuexiu District (8338 1931) 大头虾越式风味 1) 越秀区惠福东路 548-552 号 ; 2) 越秀区西湖路 63 号光明广场 8 楼

Lombok Indonesian Restaurant 522 Huifu Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (020-8306 5831) 越秀区惠福东路 522 号 Pandan Indonesian Cuisine 1) No. 1619, Bldg A, 475 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8760 5258); 2) 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 5075) ; 3) Shop 1-3, 2/F, 11 Xingsheng Lu, Tianhe District (3805 1586) 香 兰 印 尼 餐 厅 1) 越 秀 区 环 市 东 路 475 号 A 区 16-19 号 ; 2) 越秀区建设六马路一号 ( 靠东风东 路口 ); 3) 天河区兴盛路 11 号兴盛汇 2 层 1-3 铺

JAPANESE California Roll Restaurant 1) Shop 101, 55 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8370 3288); 2) ; 12 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District(8376 5763); 3) No. 107,Building

Tairyo Teppanyaki 1) 2/F, Zhizhunhui, 263 Huasui Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District; 2) 2/F, Guangyi Bldg, 34-38 Huale Lu, Yuexiu District (8360 1371); 3) Shop 3008, 3/F, Baiyun Wanda Plaza, Baiyun District (2332 0061); 4) Shop 3009, 3/F, Guilan Wanda Plaza, Nanhai District, Foshan (0757-6685 3568); 5) Shop 3005, 3/F, Panyu Wanda Plaza, Panyu District (2293 8935) 大渔铁板烧 1) 珠江新城华穗路 263 号至尊汇二楼 (8559 8937); 2) 越秀区华乐路 34-38 号广怡大 厦 2 楼 ; 3) 白云区万达广场室内步行街 3 层 3008 铺 ; 4) 佛山市南海区桂澜北路 28 号万达广场三层 3009 铺;5) 番禺万达广场三层 3005 铺

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OTHER ASIAN Kang Ho-Dong Baekjeong No. 2-2, 3/F, Xingsheng Hui, Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District(3810 4800) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路兴盛汇3楼2-2号 Honey Beam's 27 Huali Lu, Tianhe District 天河区华利路 27 号 (181 0255 3597) My Old Place B1-012C, Grandview Mall, 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3855 0866) 天河区天河路 228 号正佳广场 Penang Malaysian Fusion Restaurant Shop 49-51, 475 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8760 8599)

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槟城马来西亚餐厅 , 越秀区环市东路 475 号之三东 都大世界 1 楼 49-51 号 Saba Shop 108-109, 31 Liede Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3802 0572) 天河区珠江新城猎德大道 31 号 108-109 铺 Ya Kun Kaya Toast Shop 523, 5/F, GTLand Winter Mall, 16 Zhujiang Dong Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城珠江东路 16 号高德置地冬商场 5 层 523 (8526 9606)

BAKERY & DESSERT Awfully Chocolate M50, TaiKoo Hui Shopping Mall, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (www.awfullychocolate.com) 天河区天河路 383 号太古汇 M50 Cheri Patisserie L/1, Kabin Dasha, 379 Shougouling Lu, Tianhe District 天河区瘦狗岭路 379 号卡宾大厦首层 Emmaus Bakery 1 Congyun Lu (opposite Poly Hotel), Baiyun District (3663 5171, emmaus@yeah.net) 麦子烘焙 , 白云区从云路 1 号商铺(保利山庄酒店 的对面) Fine Foods 1) No. 009, G/F, Popark Mall, Guangzhou East Station, Tianhe District (6288 6040); 2) 133 Huasui Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3804 9429); 3) Shop 119, Voka Street, 460 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District; 4) No. 1, 23 Jianshe Si Malu, Yuexiu District (8356 1245); 5) No. 301(1), Business and Food Center, Fisherman Wharf, Riverside Garden, Panyu District (3452 0968) 1) 天河区火车东站东方宝泰首层 009 铺 ; 2) 天河 区珠江新城华穗路 133 号 ; 3) 天河区天河北路 460 号沃凯商业街 119 铺 (8558 3622); 4) 越秀区建设 四马路 23 号之一 ; 5) 番禺区丽江花园渔人码头三 楼 301(1) Maison Delice Ice Cream 64 Xiadu Lu, Haizhu District (French/English: 139 2894 2789; Chinese/English: 136 0964 0604) 玛利兹法式冰淇淋,海珠区下渡路 64 号 Mr. Bean 1) Shop 104, Starlight Walk, 352-354 Xingang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (189 2759 4161); 2) B1, Grandview Mall, 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (189 2959 0831) 1) 海珠区新港中路 352-354 号环球星光城 104 铺 ; 2) 天河区天河路 228 号正佳广场 B1 Perma Bakery 38 Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (8380 7050) 朴门面包工房 , 越秀区建设五马路 38 号 The Mandarin Cake Shop Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, 389 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3808 8886) 文华饼店 , 天河区天河路 389 号广州文华东方酒店

CAFES 2 on 988 Café 2/F, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District (3883 8888 ext. 3304) 全日制餐厅 , 广州大道中 988 号广州圣丰索菲特大 酒店 2 楼 Chois Coffee 1)Yuanjing Lu, Baiyun Distrct (8627 2081); 2)559 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District(8523 8363); 3)27 Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District(3855 9019) 崔逸斯咖啡 1) 白云区远景路 3 社 1 号 ; 2) 天河区 天河北路 559 号首层 ; 3) 天河区珠江新城华利路 27 号 DownTown Shop 102-103, Peace World Apartment, 29 Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District 啡悦 , 越秀区建设五马路 29 号好世界公寓首层 102-103 号铺


Celebrate or let loose with Stella Artois! Indulge in a Stella Artois at the following establishments.

Bar 758 Shop 75, Wanke Golden Home, Jinse Jie, No. 16 Guicheng Guiping Xi Lu, Nanhai (0757-8123 1502) 758 吧 , 佛山南海区桂城桂平西路 16 号万科金 色家园金色街区 75 号铺 Test bar XT801-2, No. 8 Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8203 6922) Test bar, 佛山禅城区岭南天地商业中心协天里 8 号:XT801-2,XT8 The Paddy Field 1) Booth 1A, 1/F, Central Plaza, 38 Huale Lu, Yuexiu District (8360 1379); 2) 4/F, Oakwood Premier Guangzhou, 28 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8398 6181); 3) // Shop XT204, 2 Xietian Li, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8203 1023, www.thepaddyfield.com) 田野西餐厅 1) 越秀区华乐路38号广怡大厦1 楼1A; 2) 天河区体育东路28号广州方圆奥克 伍德豪景; 3)佛山市禅城区岭南天地协天里2 号XT204铺 自由时光 No. 98, Weiguo Lu, Chancheng District, Foshan (across from Big Star Movie Theater) (07578335 9161) 自由时光 , 佛山禅城区卫国路 98 号大明星电影 院对面粤荣大厦如轩砂锅粥旁 威萨斯餐吧 No. 11, Shangye Jie, Chengmentou Xi Lu, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8335 3155) 威萨斯餐吧 , 佛山禅城区城门头西路商业街 11 号 Spring Bar & Seafood Lingnan Tiandi East Gate, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8230 1448) 春天吧 , 佛山禅城岭南天地东门 Nha Trang No. 1, Wenming Li, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (next to No. 9 Garden and German Paulaner Restaurant)(0757-8203 0707) 芽莊 , 佛山禅城区天地路岭南天地文明里 1 号 ( 九号花园、德国柏龙餐厅旁 ) 63 Steak & Burger by Senses B8,Canton Place, Haifeng Lu, Zhujiang Xingcheng,Tianhe District (3831 0351) 63 汉堡 , 珠江新城海风路 1-48 号广粤天地 B8 铺 Above 5/F, B District, Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture and Art Zone, Yuejiang Xi Lu, Haizhu District (8415 8525) Above, 阅江西路琶醍啤酒创意园 B 区 5 楼 Arbat G6, Xingsheng Hui,17 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng,Tianhe District (3847 9186) Arbat, 兴盛路 17 号兴盛汇 G6 铺 Aroma Café Binjiang Dong Lu 萝漫咖啡,滨江东路 Bottle Shop Shop 102, No. 33-35 Huanshi Xi Lu, Yuexiu District (8124 5341) Bottle Shop, 环市西路 33-5 号 102 铺 Brussels Belgian Beer Café 133B, No.354, Xingang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (8412 3032) 比利时餐厅 , 新港东路 Café Safari 003-007B, Worldmart, No. 2 Fuhua Xi Lu, Shiqiao Jie, Panyu District (3480 4003) 萨菲 , 市桥街富华西路 2 号钻汇中心 B 区 003007 铺

Chance Bar C 1/F, Party Pier, Yuejiang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (133 3281 4888) Chance, 琶醍酒吧街

New Club Oyster Shop 106, No. 2 Huaqiang Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3831 5581) New Club. 蚝 , 珠江新城华强路 2 号 106 商铺

Vincent G11, 11 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3839 9949) Vincent,珠江新城兴盛路兴盛汇 G11 号铺

China Hotel, a Marriott Hotel 17/F, No.122, Liuhua Lu (8666 6888) 中国大酒店 , 流花路 122 号中国大酒店 17 楼 ( 近越秀公园 )

Okay Look Shop 101-104, Caijing Gongguan, Yian Lu, Haizhu District (3408 0966) Okay Look, 怡安路财京公馆 101-104

Visun Shop 131, Section 3, GTLand, Xing’guo Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3828 3808) 悦心,珠江新城兴国路高德汇 3 座 131

Golden Mango No.361, Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8359 7564) 金芒果 , 环市东路

One More C14, B1/F, 833 - 835, Renmin Bei Lu, Yuexiu District (8107 1953) 柏拉图餐厅 , 人民北路 833-835 号越富广场 B1 楼 C14 号铺

WS Club Shop 107-108, No.9 Xingsheng Lu,Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3802 0826) WS CLUB, 兴盛路 9 号 107-108

People’s Café Shop 106-107,8 Xingsheng Lu,Tianhe District (3805 1538) 兴盛路 8 号 106-107 铺

Harbour City 1/F, South Gate, 418 Yanjiang Dong Lu, YueXiu District 海港城,白云街沿江东路418号

Prince 3 Tai Gu Cang, 124 Gexin Lu, Haizhu District (3441 1250) 王子吧 , 太古仓码头

xXx Bar 1/F, Green Tree Inn, No. 138 Gangbei Lu, Baiyun District (3619 3393) 小行星酒吧 , 岗贝路 138 号格林豪泰酒店一楼

Grapevine Pub 101A, 1/F, Building 2, GT Land, Huacheng Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (132 5077 7997) 蔓吧 , 珠江新城花城大道 86 号高德汇 2 座一 楼 101A Happy Monk 1) Back of Yi’an Plaza, Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 5597) ; 2) No. 109, 7Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3877 8679); 3) Outdoor Plaza, Happy Valley Mall, 36 Machang Lu, Tianhe District (3832 5317) 1)越秀区建设五马路宜安广场后门; 2) 天河区 珠江新城兴盛路7号109号铺; 3)天河区珠江新 城马场路36号太阳新天地户外广场 Hill Bar Baiyun Hotel, No. 367 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (near World Trade Center) (8359 0206) 小山吧 , 环市东路 367 号白云宾馆小山景区内 ( 近世贸大厦 ) Hugo 1920 C03, Party Pier, Yuejiang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (8977 9671) Hugo 1920, 琶醍酒吧街 La Marian Shop G20, 10 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xingcheng, Tianhe District (3888 0805) La Marian, 珠江新城兴盛路 11-17 号兴盛汇 G20 铺 La Villa Rouge Zhujiang Xilu,Zhujiang Xingcheng, Tianhe District (3832 5333) 红香室酒吧 , 珠江西路 ( 广州友谊国际金融中 心对面 ) LAB loft Shop 103-104, No.7, Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3703 3012) Lab, 珠江新城兴盛路 7 号 103-104 室 L-art Shop 105, 27 Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3726 8565) L-art, 珠江新城华利路 27 号 105 号铺 Le Saint Tropez 1 Jianshe Liu Malu,Yuexiu District (8388 0441) 紫色法国 , 建设六马路 1 号前栋 8-10 号 Loveit Shop 103, Zhujiang Commercial Shopping Plaza No. 28 Liede Dadao (2622 0122) 爱意 , 猎德大道 28 号珠江道商业广场 103 号 铺 Mika Café No. 149 Beijing Lu, Yuexiu District (left of Grand Continental Service lobby) (8339 0611) 迷卡西餐酒廊,北京路 149 号 ( 锦源国际公馆 大堂左侧 ) Mr Pilot Shop 123, East Gate, Poly Xinyu Garden, No. 31 Xing’guo Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (3726 6913) 飞行先生 , 珠江新城兴国路 31 号 123 铺保利 心语花园东门旁

Sleeping Wood 136 1/F Yanjiang Dasha, No. 195 Yanjiang Zhong Lu, Yuexiu District (near the wharf) (8318 1198) 枕木 136, 沿江中路 195 号沿江大厦 1 楼 ( 近 天字码头 )

Spring Bar & Seafood 11-12A, Building 9, Hunter Lane, Liede Bridge, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (2890 6060) 春天吧 , 珠江新城猎德大桥侧猎人坊 9 栋 1112A 室

Sainte Maxime Shop G19, 11-17 Xingguo Lu, Liede, Tianhe District (3810 9300) 天河区猎德兴国路 11-17 兴盛汇 G19 号铺

Sleeping Flower Shop 101, No. 30 Liede Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3824 5100) 麻花大院,珠江新城猎德大道 30 号 101 号铺

SunsTai Gu Cang, 124 Gexin Lu, Haizhu District Suns, 太古仓码头

简爱餐吧 No. 25 Liu Yun San Jie, Tianhe Nan Yi Lu, Tianhe District (3893 9011) 简爱餐吧 , 天河南一路六运三街 25 号

The Clock A23, Zhujiang Party Pier Beer Culture & Art Zone, Modiesha Tunnel, Yuejiang Xi Lu, Haizhu District (3448 7877) 时光吧 , 阅江西路磨碟沙隧道珠江琶醍啤酒文 化创意艺术区 A 区 The Houston Seafood Bistro B09, Party Pier, Yuejiang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (8188 3688) 侯斯顿海鲜主题餐吧 , 琶醍酒吧街 The Queen’s Pier No.3, 8# Building, 124, Ge Xin Lu, Haizhu District (8955 9510) 皇后码头 , 太古仓码头 The Sands 4 Tai Gu Cang, 124 Gexin Lu, Haizhu District (130 7678 8203) 金莎 , 太古仓码头 The Tavern Sports Bar 1) Poly 108,6 Huajiu Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8550 3038);2) On The right side of the Huanan Country Garden,Yingbin Lu,Panyu District (3482 4882) 致盛,1)天河区珠江新城华就路 6 号保利 108 公馆;2)番禺区迎宾路华南碧桂园西门 右侧 ( 中国工商银行旁 ) The Westin Hotel, Guangzhou Linhe Zhong Lu, Tianhe District (2886 68688) 海航威斯汀酒店,天河区林和中路 V 5 No.8,Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3805 1198) V 5,兴盛路 8 号 Vietnamese Cuisine & Bar NO.10, Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (2810 1527) 善越源,天河区兴盛路 10 号

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Exhibition: ITS Harmonious Forms in Nature: Paintings by Tao Wan, from 9.30am-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-6pm at Sunday; free. Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery (www.hkumag.hku.hk) Renowned for his landscape paintings, Tao Wan drew his inspiration from reinterpreting ancient masters and refining the essence of natural scenery. The exhibition centers around 300 works generously donated by Tao’s family to Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery.

February 1-28 Mon-Sun

Exhibition: Illustrious Illuminations: Christian Manuscripts from the High Gothic to the High Renaissance (12501540), from 9.30am-6pm Mon-Sat, 1-6pm at Sunday; free. Hong Kong. University Museum and Art Gallery (www.hkumag.hku.hk) The University Museum and Art Gallery in cooperation with McCarthy Collection will be displaying an exquisite assortment of gothic and renaissance manuscripts for the first time in Hong Kong. Highly revered as visual presentations of the Christian gospel, these mini paintings give new light to the art of book illustration.

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8pm; HKD688-16,888. Asia World-Expo Arena (www.hkticketing.com/eng) Thousands of fans will flock to Asia World-Expo Arena to witness the queen of pop make her debut in Hong Kong as part of her Rebel Heart Tour. A grand event for the city and a true holiday gift for her Asian fans, Madonna’s concert has been long awaited. Having started in Montreal, Quebec, the tour will take the diva to 64 cities before wrapping up in Brisbane on March 27, 2016.

February 21 SUN

Gig: And The Beat Goes On, 8pm; HKD100 presale, HKD 130 at the door. Hidden Agenda Live House (wj.qq.com) And The Beat Goes On is a threeband tribute to the popular Japanese singer, songwriter, composer and producer Sheena Ringo. The founder and lead vocalist of the band Tokyo Jihen, she has inspired many a young musician to perform in her honor.

February 21/27 SUN/SAT

H2O 4/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou,3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3813 6688) H2O 池畔吧 , 天河区珠江新城兴安路 3 号广州富力 丽思卡尔顿酒店 4 楼 Henry’s Coffee and Bakery Shop 101, 80 Huacheng Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3893 9367) 天河区珠江新城花城大道 80 号 101 铺 Kafelaku Coffee 1) Shop 1516, 1/F, China Plaza, 33 Zhongshan San Lu, Yuexiu District (8373 8221); 2) Haiyue Lu, Tianhe District (3827 9021); 3) 1/F, Guangwu Hotel, No. 101, 603 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (8754 4117); 4) Fortune Plaza, 116 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (3881 1325) 猫屎咖啡 1) 中山三 路33号中华广场1楼西门1516铺; 2) 天河区海月路 ( 近海风路楼; 3) 天河路603号之101号广武酒店1楼 4) 体育东路116号财富广场 Lady 7 Café 2/F, Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (3868 2008) 天河区天河东路 75 号 2 楼

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February 17/18 WED/THURS

March 1 TUE

Rufus Wainwright Prima Donna: A Symphonic Visual Concert 2016, 8pm; HKD240-720. Hong Kong Cultural Centre, Concert Hall (www.pklive.com) Rufus Wainwright, an AmericanCanadian singer-songwriter and composer, will be making his Hong Kong debut with a symphonic visual concert that includes his internationally famous opera Prima Donna and a collection of best-known songs. Concert: Madonna Rebel Heart Tour,

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Chaly’s Daily Shop 28, The Canton Place, Haifeng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3862 1305) 茶里 , 天河区珠江新城广粤天地 28 号 Din Tai Fung Shop 35, M/F, Taikoo Hui, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3808 8181) 天河区天河区天河路 383 号太古汇 M 层 35 铺

Lai Heen 3/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3813 6688) 丽轩中餐厅 , 天河区珠江新城兴安路 3 号广州富力 丽思卡尔顿酒店 3 楼

Laihui Coffee Making coffee with attitude, letting art and coffee assimilate into daily life. 1/F, 84 Tianhe Nan Yi Lu, Tianhe District (2984 7242) 来回咖啡 , 天河区天河南一路 84 号首层

People's Café (open 24 hours) 1) 1/F, 35 Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 6677); 2) Shop 106-107, 8 Xingsheng Lu, Tianhe District (3805 1528) 1) 越秀区建设五 马路35号大院一楼; 2) 天河区兴盛路8号106-107铺;

Concert: Lee Hong Gi [Live 302], 7pm; HKD580-1480. AsiaWorld-Expo, Hall 2 (www.hkticketing.com/eng) One of the top Korean pop singers, Lee Hong Gi is best known as the main vocalist of the Korean pop-rock band F.T. Island. Having released his first solo mini album, FM302, in Korea in November and his Japanese album AM302 in December, he will be spending Valentine’s Day with his fans in Hong Kong.

Bing Sheng Restaurant 1) 33 Dongxiao Lu, Haizhu District (3428 6910); 2) 168 Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8751 8683); 3) 1-4/F, Wufeng Hotel, 438 Jiangnan Dadao Nan, Haizhu District (8447 2844) 炳胜 1) 海珠区东晓路 33 号 ; 2) 天河区天河东路 168 号 ; 3) 海珠区江南大道南 438 号五凤酒店 1-4 楼

Four Seasons 1/F, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 122 Liuhua Lu, Yuexiu District (8666 6888 ext. 3123) 四季 , 越秀区流花路 122 号中国大酒店1楼

Naughty Bean Shop B1, B/F, South Zone, Mall of the World, 89 Huacheng Dadao, Tianhe District (3831 5355) 天河区花城大道 89 号花城汇南区负一层 B1 号

Stage: The Lady of the Camellias, 4-6pm at Feb 21, 8-10pm at Feb 27; HKD160-200. PALACE ifc/ AMC Pacific Place (www.amccinemas.com.hk/) Take a trip to Moscow without leaving Hong Kong! The Lady of the Camellias ballet performance will be screened live from Russia’s most renowned theater – Bolshoi. Inspired by Alexandre Duma’s novel and accompanied by Chopin’s exquisite score, the ballet tells the story of love, beauty, infidelity and hope.

CANTONESE

Food Street 1/F, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 122 Liuhua Lu, Yuexiu District (8666 6888 ext. 3156) 食街 , 越秀区流花路 122 号中国大酒店1楼

Mar-Tea-Ni Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich Lobby, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District (3883 8888 ext. 3301) 马天尼 , 天河区广州大道中 988 号广州圣丰索菲特 大酒店大堂 菡路 28 号珠江新岸公寓首层

February 14

CHINESE

Pacific Coffee 1) Shop A, South Gate, 1/F, Tee Mall, 208 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (8558 8263); 2) Shop MU06, TaiKoo Hui Shopping Mall, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3868 2026, 3868 2030); 3) Shop A15 (Lobby), G/F, 191 Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District; 4) Shop 103, G/F, Westmin Plaza, 48 Zhongshan Qi Lu, Liwan District (8132 9797); 5) Shop 103, East Hope Bldg, 515 Dongfeng Zhong Lu, Yuexiu District (8132 9797) 太平洋咖啡 1) 天河区天河路 208 号天河城购物中心 第一层南门廊 A 号商铺 ; 2) 天河区天河路 383 号太 古汇商场 MU06 号铺 ; 3) 天河区体育西路 191 号一 层自编号 A15 单元 ( 写字楼大堂内 ); 4) 荔湾区中山 七路 48 号西门口广场 1 楼 103 铺 ( 近地铁西门口站 D 出口 ); 5) 越秀区东风中路 515 号东照大厦 103 铺 Teddy Coffee Shop Shop D2, South end of Mall of the World, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8888 8565) 天河区珠江新城花城汇南区 3001 商铺 D2 The Coffee Club 1) B101, Southern District, Central Plaza, 18 Jianshe Da Malu, Yuexiu District (8302 2508, www.coffeeclub.com); 2) G113-G114, 8 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District; 3) Shop 1013, Diwang Plaza, Jiaochang Xi Lu, Yuexiu District 1) 越秀区建设大马路 18 号保利中环广场南区 B101 铺 ; 2) 天河区兴盛路 8 号 113-114 号铺 ( 近保利心 语花园 ); 3)越秀区较场西路 26 号地王广场 1013 号铺

Lai Wan Market 2/F, The Garden Hotel Guangzhou, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8333 8989 ext.3922) 荔湾亭 , 越秀区环市东路 368 号花园酒店 2 楼 Lao Yang Dumplings Unit 14, Street Two, Huanan Country Garden Main Gate, Panyu District (180 0222 9433) 番禺区番禺大道华南碧桂园正门右侧商业 2 街 14 铺 Le Chinois 6/F, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District (3883 8888 ext. 3342) 南粤宫, 天河区广 州大道中988号广州圣丰索菲特大酒店6楼 Nan’s Kitchen Shop 1-6, 2/F, Xingsheng Hui, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3839 6878) 天河区珠江新城兴盛汇 2 楼 1-6 铺 Hoi Fan 1) Shop 16, The Canton Place, Haifeng Road, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District; 2) Shop 26, The Canton Place, Haifeng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3862 1433); 3) 3F, Fall, G.T Land Plaza, 11-13 Zhujiang Dong Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3869 2704); 4) 3F, Onelink Walk Shopping Mall, 230-232 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3899 2206); 5) 2F, Central Plaza (South Tower), 18 Jianshe Da MaLu, Huanshi Dong Lu, YueXiu District (8302 2281) 开饭 , 1) 天河区珠江新城广粤天地 16 号 ; 2) 天河 区珠江新城广粤天地 26 号 ; 3) 天河区珠江新城珠 江东路 11-13 号 ; 4) 天河区天河路 230 号- 232 号高德置地[秋]商场 3 楼 ; 5) 越秀区环市东建设 大马路 18 号保利中环广场南塔 2 楼 Peach Blossom Chinese Restaurant 3/F, The Garden Hotel,Guangzhou, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8333 8989 ext. 3316) 桃园馆中餐厅, 越秀区环市东路368 号花园酒店3楼 Wuu’s Hong Kong Cuisine Shop 103-107, B1/F, 75 Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8757 0062) 吴係茶餐厅 , 天河区天河东路 75 号 B1 楼 103107 Yan Yu 4/F, W Guangzhou, 26 Xiancun Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (6680 7828) 宴遇中餐厅, 天河区珠江新城冼村路26号 广州w酒店

FUSION Foods 1/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3813 6688) 天河区珠江新城兴安路3号 广州 富力丽思卡尔顿酒店1楼 Grandma’s Home L6, Happy Valley, 36 Machang Lu, Tianhe District (3832 6510) 天河区马场路 36 号太阳新天地 6 楼


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Rooster King 110 Xingsheng Lu, Tianhe District 天河区兴盛路110号

MIDDLE EASTERN SYRIAN Orient Palace G/F, 875 Renmin Bei Lu (beside Guangdong Art Institute), Yuexiu District (8136 2438, 8136 2439) 芳廷餐厅, 越 秀区人民北路875号首层(广东画院侧) Shami House 2/F, Zhao Qing Da Sha, 304 Huanshi Zhong Lu, Yuexiu District (8355 3012 / 8355 3091) 莎米屋 , 越秀区环市中路 304 号肇庆大厦 2 楼

Turkish Bosphorus Restaurant 1) Shop 9, Zhaoqing Bldg, 304 Huanshi Zhong Lu, Yuexiu District (8356 3578, 8356 3753) 2) 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 7644) 铂斯土耳其餐厅 1) 越秀区环市中路 304 号肇庆大厦 9 号铺 ; 2) 越秀区建设六马路 1 号 2 楼 Sultan Restaurant Turkish BBQ 1) 1-3/F, 367 Huanshi Dong Lu, between Baiyun Hotel and Friendship Store, Yuexiu District (8349 4170, 8349 4171); 2) Shop 102 & 114, Zhonghai Jinghui Huating, 31 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, TianHe District(3801 5002) 1) 苏坦土耳其烧烤餐厅 , 越秀区环市东路 367 号 1-3 楼 ( 白云宾馆与友谊商店夹位处 ); 2) 广州市天河区 珠江新城兴盛路 31 号中海璟晖华庭二期商铺 102 & 114

WESTERN AMERICAN Element Fresh 1) Shop L302, TaiKoo Hui, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3808 8506); 2) G/F, 42 Qingfeng Jie, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3828 8482) 新元素, 1) 天河区天河路383号太古汇广场L302店; 2) 天河区珠江新城清风街42号首层 13 Factories 7 Tianhe Bei Jie, Tiyu Xi Lu (southwest corner of Chengjian Tower, near Tianhe Dasha North Gate), Tianhe District (3884 9230) 十三行 , 天河区体育西路天河北街 7 号(城建大厦 西南角 , 天河大厦北门) 63 Burger & Booze 12,13 Bravo Plaza, 1 JinSui Road. Zhu Jiang New Town. Tianhe District. Guangzhou (3888 5086) 珠江新城金穗路 1 号邦华环球广场 12.13 铺 Cajun House 1)2 Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (8383 3380, cajunhouse.org); 2)Shop 106, Zhonghai Jinghui Huating, 31 Liede Dadao, Tianhe District (8777 7377) 1)越秀区建设五马路 2 号卡真屋;2)天河区猎德 大道 31 号中海璟晖华庭 106 铺 Chicken Express 1) 11 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 5379); 2)109-2 Huajiu Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8376 5379) 1) 快快基 , 越秀区建设六马路 11 号 ; 2) 天河区珠江 新城华就路 2 号 109 之二

Xincheng, Tianhe District (3408 9549); 3) Shop 11-13, Yuhai Food Street, 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8382 8299) 1) 番禺区番禺大道华南碧桂园碧华商业 2 街 9-11 号 ; 2) 天河区珠江新城华讯街保林苑西区加拿大布 鲁咖啡馆 , 近发展中心 ; 3) 越秀区建设六马路誉海 食街 11-13 号铺

british The Tavern Sports Bar Traditional English style bar that fosters a cosy intimate atmosphere. Both Taverns offer an extensive menu of Western favorites and different theme nights throughout the whole week. 1) Poly 108, 6 Huajiu Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8550 3038); 2) On the right side of the Huanan Country Garden, Yingbin Lu, Panyu District (3482 4882, www.tavernchina.com) 致盛 1) 天河区珠江新城华就路6号保利108公馆; 2) 番禺区迎宾路华南碧桂园大门右侧

FRENCH Chez Max G/F, Central Plaza, 38 Huale Street, Yuexiu District (8360 2157) 越秀区华乐路 38 号广怡大厦一层拐角处 The Connoisseur 3/F, The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8333 8989 ext.3964) 名仕阁 , 越秀区环市东路 368 号花园酒店 3 楼 Jardin d’Olive No. 101, 48 Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District (8750 6440) 橄榄园 , 天河区体育西路 48 号 101 La Marina Shop G20, 10 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3888 0805) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 10 号兴盛汇 G20 铺 ( 近保 利心语花园 ) Le Grill 6/F, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District (3883 8888 ext. 3344) 香榭丽舍扒房,天河区广州大道中 988 号广州圣丰 索菲特大酒店 6 楼 Le Saint-Tropez 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8388 0441) 紫色餐厅 , 越秀区建设六马路 1 号 Les Trois Gros Bistro 5 Xincheng Jie, Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (3881 5507) 三人行 , 天河区天河东路信诚南街 5 号 Sainte Maxime Shop G19, 11-17 Xingguo Lu, Liede, Tianhe District (3810 9300) 天河区猎德兴国路 11-17 兴盛汇 G19 号铺

GERMAN 1920 Restaurant 1) 4/F, 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District; 2) Shops 67, 69, 72 & 76, The Canton Place, Qingfeng Jie, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8388 1142) 1920 咖啡厅 1) 建设六马路一号前幢 4 楼 ; 2) 天河 区珠江新城清风街 48 号广粤天地 67, 69, 72, 76 号 铺 Munich 1820 Shop 102, 7 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3703 3309) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 7 号 102 铺 Paulaner Bräuhaus L307, 3/F, TaiKoo Hui, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (2808 6333) 宝莱纳 , 天河区天河路 383 号太古汇广场 L307

Gail’s Place American Cuisine & Bar Poly Champagne Garden, 32 Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8350 1667) 天河区珠江新城华利路 32 号 , 保利香槟花园首层

Pearl River 2/F, Da Mi Cang, Zone A, Party Pier Beer Cultural & Creative Art Zone, Yuejiang Xi Lu, Haizhu District (8413 2692) 德国主题餐厅 , 海珠区阅江西路珠江琶醍啤酒创意 艺术区 A 区大米仓二楼

Ricci Creative Eats Shop 015B, G/F, Popark Mall, No.63 Linhe Zhong Road, Tianhe District, Guangzhou, China (Across the street from IKEA) (3809 6330) 天河区林和中路 63 号东方宝泰购物广场首层(宜家 家居对面)

Wunderbar Bavarian Bar & Restaurant G/F, Xiang Long Garden, 175-181 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (8755 5564) 运达餐吧 , 天河区天河北路 175-181 号祥龙花园首 层(市长大厦西面)

The Brew Sports Bar & Grill  1) Unit 9-11, Huanan Country Garden, Panyu Dadao (across the road from Chimelong Theme Park), Panyu District (3482 0401); 2) West Section, Bao Lin Yuan, Huaxun Jie, Zhujiang

ITALIAN An-tico Shop L 304, 3/F, TaiKoo Hui, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (8550 9028) 天河区天河路 383 号太古汇商场裙楼第三层 L304 号

Bocca Kitchen + Bar Shop 110, Bldg T25, The Canton Place, Haifeng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8759 1558) 天河区珠江新城海风路凯旋新世界 T25 栋 110 铺 Buongiorno 1) 3/F, Yi An Plaza, 33 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8363 3587); 2) A7, Xinshijie Haoyuan Diyi Ju, 168 Dongcheng Nan Lu, Dongguan (0769 2339 6499) 邦奴意大利餐厅 1) 越秀区建设六马路宜安广场 3 楼 ; 2) 东莞市东城南路 168 号新世界豪圆第一居 A7 号 Osteria il Matto Shop 22, G/F, Building 1, Poly Champagne Garden, Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3804 9719) 天河区珠江新城华利路保利香槟花园一栋首层 22 号 The Italian Restaurant 3/F, East Tower, Zhujiang Bldg, 360 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8386 3840, www.xiaojiefengqing.com) 小街风情 , 越秀区环市东路 360 号珠江大厦东座 3 楼 Limoni 3/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3813 6688) 意轩 , 天河区珠江新城兴安路 3 号广州富力丽思卡 尔顿酒店 3 楼 Oggi Trattoria & Pizzeria 1) 1 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8751 5882); 2) Shop 106, The Canton Place, Haifeng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3862 0240); 3)Shop 119, 8 Xingsheng Lu, Tianhe District (3805 1282); 4) 1 Tianlun Garden, Jianshe 4 Lu,Yuexiu District (8356 1196) www.oggirestaurant.com 卡布里西餐厅 1) 天河区体育东路 1 号 ( 近黄埔大 道 ); 2) 天河区珠江新城海风街广粤天地 106 ; 3) 天 河区兴盛路 8 号 119 铺 ; 4) 越秀区建设四马路天伦 花园首层

LATIN AMERICAN Latin Grillhouse 1) 3/F, Wing Kin Square, 29-31 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8331 9118); 2) 4/F, Grandview Plaza, 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3833 0052) 拉丁餐厅 1) 越秀区建设六马路 29-31 号荣建大厦 3 楼 ; 2) 天河区天河路 228 号正佳广场 4 楼 Tekila 2/F, 11 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8381 6996) 特其拉餐厅 , 越秀区建设六马路 11 号二楼 Tristan’s Texmex Restaurant and Bar Unit 101, 25 Liuyun Yi Jie, Tianhe Nan Lu, Tianhe District (139 2608 0256) 天河区天河南路六运一街 25 号 101 ( 地铁体育西 路 B 或 H 出口 )

PIZZA Mill House Pizza A151, 186 Dishifu Lu, Liwan District (8890 1090) 荔湾区第十甫路 186 号 A151 铺 Oggi Pizzeria 1) Shop 119, 8 Xingsheng Lu, Tianhe District (3805 1282); 4) 1 Tianlun Garden, Jianshe 4 Lu,Yuexiu District (8356 1196) www.oggirestaurant.com 卡布里西餐厅 1) 天河区兴盛路 8 号 119 铺 ; 2) 越 秀区建设四马路天伦花园首层 Summer House Directly behind the Marriage House, Xietian Li, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (133 9223 6374, www.summerhouse.com.cn) 佛山市禅城区岭南天地协天里(嫁娶屋正后面) Tomatoes Pizzeria 1) Guangzhou Yijian Bldg, 3 and 7 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8768 6696); 2) G5, 11 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3839 9523) 1) 越秀区建设六马路 3 和 7 号广州一建大厦 ; 2) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 11 号兴盛汇 G5

RUSSIAN Arbat Restaurant G6, Xingsheng Hui, 17 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3847 9186) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路兴盛汇 17 号 G6 铺 Katusha 1/F, Binghua Hotel, 2 Tianhe Bei

Lu, Tianhe District (8729 9083) 天河区天河北路 2 号冰花酒店首层

Spanish Mezomd Cafe Shop 112-116, Canton Place, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3831 6227) 曼索蒂 , 天河区珠江新城广粤天地 112-116 号铺 Solo Tapas Shop 105, 1/F, North Tower, Huale Bldg, 57 Huale Lu, Yuexiu District (8784 7850) 越秀区华乐路 57 号华乐大厦北塔一楼 105 铺

OTHER WESTERN Alfresco Langham Place, Guangzhou, 638 Xingang Dong Lu, Haizhu District (8916 3388) 海珠区新港东路 638 号 广州南丰朗豪酒店 Bondi Bar and Restaurant No. 3, 3/F, Xingsheng Plaza, 11 Xingsheng Lu (next to Chinese Hotpot and above Pandan), Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3809 8064) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 11 号兴盛汇 3 层 3 铺 The Carousel 30/F, The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8333 8989 ext. 3996) 凌璇阁 , 越秀区环市东路花园酒店 30 层 The Cascade Cafe 1/F, The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8333 8989 ext.3909) 观瀑廊咖啡厅 , 越秀区环市东路 368 号花园酒店 1 楼 Catch 100/F Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, 5 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8883 3888) 佰汇鲜 , 天河区珠江新城珠江西路 5 号广州四季酒 店 100 楼 The Eating Table No. 401, 4/F, GTLand Winter Mall, Zhujiang Dong Lu, Zjujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8398 0502) 天河区珠江新城珠江东路高德置地东商场店 4 层 401 室 Ebony 4/F, Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou, 389 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3808 8884) 天河区天河路 389 号广州文华东方酒店 4 楼 G Restaurant 22/F, Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, 12 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8550 8025/8026) 天河区珠江新城珠江西路 12 号富力君悦大酒店 22 楼 Happy Monk 1) Back of Yi’an Plaza, Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 5597) ; 2) No. 109, 7Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3877 8679); 3) Outdoor Plaza, Happy Valley Mall, 36 Machang Lu, Tianhe District (3832 5317) 1) 越秀区建设五马路宜安广场后门 ; 2) 天河区珠江 新城兴盛路 7 号 109 号铺 ; 3) 天河区珠江新城马场 路 36 号太阳新天地户外广场 Hooley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 1) 101, 8 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3886 2675); 2) 102, Unit 22, Creative Park, Jihua Si Lu, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8226 4606); 3) Section 2, Yijia Yuan, 7 Xingzhongdao, Zhongshan 爱尔兰西餐酒吧 1) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 8 号 101; 2) 佛山市禅城区季华四路创意产业园 22 栋 102; 3) 中山市兴中道 7 号颐嘉苑 2 卡 The Kitchen Table 2/F, W Guangzhou, 26 Xiancun Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (6680 7816) 标帜餐厅 , 天河区珠江新城冼村路 26 号广州 W 酒 店 No. 9 Garden 1) 9 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 6197); 2) WM28, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (07578335 6510, www.no9garden)com 9 号花园 1) 越秀区建设六马路 9 号 ; 2) 佛山禅城区 岭南天地 WM28 Oakroom Restaurant & Bar 16/F, Oakwood Premier Guangzhou, 28 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (3883 2828, 3883 3883 ext. 6704) 天河区体育东路 28 号广州方圆奥克伍德豪景 16 楼 Pétrus Grill Room 3/F, Lobby 1, Chimelong Hotel, Panyu Dadao, Panyu District (8478 6838) 帕图斯扒房 , 番禺区番禺大道长隆酒店 1 号大堂 3 层

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FEBRUARY 19-27 FRI-SAT

Open Box 2016, 8pm/9.30pm; MOP120. Small Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre (www.macauticket. com) The Macau Cultural Center will unveil three local, avant-garde productions throughout the month of February. While the original series marked the first time the local productions had been brought to the stage, the new edition, a return of their Open Box series, aims to bring the audience closer to the action, with Muted produced by Mime, Weaving Landscape by Physical Theatre and Xiao An by the Multimedia Puppet Theater.

FEBRUARY 20-21 SAT-SUN

Rebel Heart Tour: Madonna, 8pm. Studio City Event Center, Studio City (show.wepiao.com) As a singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman, Madonna has established an unprecedented successful career in show business. A Michigan native, she pursued a career in modern dance in New York City, where her bubbly, independent spirit led to a self-titled album and various roles in movies. Recognized as one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time, Madonna has amassed a total sale of 300 million records. With her latest and 13th album Rebel Heart, which she co-wrote and coproduced with various musicians, Madonna will tour Macau this month and perform at Studio City, where a new hotel establishment will receive her promotional support.

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Museum Tour, 10am-10pm; free entry. Macau Grand Prix Museum and Wine Museum (www.macautourism. gov.mo) Whether it’s legendary racing machines (cars and bikes), photos and videos of the stars or wonderful tales of their derring-do on the world-famous Guia Circuit, The Macau Grand Prix Museum has it all. Sample fullbodied Portuguese wines (MOP10 per glass or MOP15 three glasses per person) in the Wine Museum next door to learn about viniculture on the Iberian Peninsula.

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UNTIL MARCH 13 DAILY

Prime 4/F, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 122 Liuhua Lu, Yuexiu District (8666 6888 ext. 3468) 扒房 , 越秀区流花路 122 号中国大酒店 4 楼 Rebel Rebel 42 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8520 1579, www.rebelrebelgz.com) 天河区体育东路 42 号 Shameen 1618 16-18 Shamian Nan Lu, Shamian Island, Liwan District (8121 1618) 荔湾区沙面岛沙面南路 16-18 号

Shining Clean, 9am-9pm; free entry. Exhibitions Gallery of the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (www.iacm. gov.mo) The art of porcelain was developed in the town of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, which came to its zenith during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Shining Clean, an exhibition of porcelain pieces dating to the Yongle Emperor era that were excavated from Jingdezhen, includes five prototypical types of porcelain, including white wares, blue-white wares, glazed wares, high-temperature colored wares and high-temperature glazed wares. Some 103 pieces of different sizes and designs will prove a fascinating exhibit for visitors to learn about the techniques of gifted Chinese artisans.

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Street Food Vendors of Macau, 9.30am-7pm; free entry. Macau Story House, 6A Rua Nova de Sao Lazaro, Macau (00853-2835 3504) Famous for its diverse culinary offerings, Macau has an equally dynamic street food culture. Street vendors, dotted along the lanes and byways of the city, make up the nostalgic memories of both residents and visitors. This exhibition features videos, recordings, photos and personal interviews that tell the story of much-loved urban street vendors, who have, over four generations in some cases, been an integral part of this evolving city.

ONGOING

SUN-WED

Musica, 10am-6pm; free entry. Macao Science Centre, Avenida Dr. Sun YatSen (www.msc.org.mo) The award-winning Musica: Why is the Universe Beautiful?, presented by the Fulldome Industry Association from the UK, is an entertaining and educational show that fosters visitors’ artistic intellect. It reaffirms that the universe is governed by the physics of sound and color as well as physical laws of nature – both of which contribute to the inspiration of music and art. Featuring an animated ladybug named Dolores and her firefly friend Mike, the three-dimensional show leads audiences on a thrilling, educational journey, exploring the world from the perspective of an inquisitive insect.

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Social & Co. Shop 112-113, 6 Huajiu Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3804 9243, www.socialandco.com) 天河区珠江新城华就路 6 号 112-113 铺 Summer House Directly behind the Marriage House, Xietian Li, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (133 9223 6374, www.summerhouse.com.cn) 佛山市禅城区岭南天地协天里(嫁娶屋正后面) Wilber’s 62 Zhusigang Er Malu, Yuexiu District (3761 1101, www.wilber.com.cn) 越秀区竹丝岗二马路 62 号 Zacup North gate of Weijiasi Furniture Market (next to Mall of the World), Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3835 5430, 3835 5231) 天河区珠江新城花城汇旁维家思广场北门

Liqueur Pearl Red 3302 Banghua Huanqiu Square, 1 Jinsui Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (6663 2298, www.pearlred.com) 天河区珠江新城金穗路 1 号邦华环球广场 3302

WINE

Torres China Guangzhou Office Rm G, 6/F Jianhe Bldg, 111-115 Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District (3887 0367, info@torres.com.cn) 桃乐丝葡萄酒贸易有限公司 , 天河区体育西路 111115 号建和中心 6 楼 G 室

NIGHTLIFE Bondi Bar and Restaurant No. 3, 3/F, Xingsheng Plaza, 11 Xingsheng Lu (next to Chinese Hotpot and above Pandan), Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3809 8064) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 11 号兴盛汇 3 层 3 铺 The Brew Sports Bar & Grill  1) Unit 9-11, Huanan Country Garden, Panyu Dadao (across the road from Chimelong Theme Park), Panyu District (3482 0401); 2) West Section, Bao Lin Yuan, Huaxun Jie, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3408 9549); 3) Shop 11-13, Yuhai Food Street, 1 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8382 8299) 1) 番禺区番禺大道华南碧桂园碧华商业 2 街 9-11 号 ; 2) 天河区珠江新城华讯街保林苑西区加拿大布 鲁咖啡馆 , 近发展中心 ; 3) 越秀区建设六马路誉海 食街 11-13 号铺 Brussels Belgian Beef Cafe Shop 133B, Starlight Walk, 354 Xingang Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (134 3036 6051) 海珠区新港中路 354 珠影星光城 133b 铺 Catwalk West of the South Gate of Guangzhou Sport University, 163 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (6286 9999) 天河区天河北路 163 号广州体育学院南门西侧 ( 喜 聚 PTV3 楼 ) Cave Bar B/F, Pearl River Bldg (East Side), 360 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8386 3660) 墨西哥酒吧 , 越秀区环市东路 360 号珠江大厦 ( 东 ) 地下

ASC Fine Wine No. 1705, Tower B, Centre Plaza, 161 Linhe Xi Lu, Tianhe District (8666 8683, 8666 8021) 圣皮尔精品葡萄酒 , 天河区林和西路 161 号中泰广 场 B 塔 1705

The Churchill Bar 3/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3813 6688) 邱吉尔酒吧 , 天河区珠江新城兴安路 3 号广州富力 丽思卡尔顿酒店 3 楼

Aussino World Wines Rm 2017, Southern Securities Bldg, 148 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District 富隆酒窖 , 天河区体育东路 148 号南方证券大厦 2017 室

D Label 1/F, Zhujiang Yingbo Beer Museum, Party Pier, 118 Modiesha Dajie, Xingang Dong Lu, Haizhu District (8332 9888) 海珠区新港东路磨碟沙大街 118 号琶醍酒吧街珠江 英博国际啤酒博物馆 1 楼

East Meets West Fine Wines Room 507, Vili International, 167 Linhe Xi Lu, Tianhe District (8327 4162, www.emw-wines.com)由西 往东 (上海) 贸易有限公司深圳分公司, 天河区林和 西路167号威尼国际公寓写字楼507室

Duo Club 16 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (English: 137 1077 0232; Español: 187 0207 4849; Chinese: 134 2402 1170) 元素吧 , 越秀区建设六马路 16 号首层

Everwines 108 Qingfeng Jie, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3821 2195) 天河区珠江新城海风街 108 号

Fashion TV Champagne Club Shop 105, 30 Liede Dadao, Tianhe District (185 2029 5103) 天河区猎德大道 30 号珠江道商业广场 105 铺

Everwise Wine Ltd. D7, 15/F, Jian He Centre, 110 Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District (3880 4860) 永醇酒业 , 天河区体育西路 110 号建和中心 15 楼 D7

Fei 2-4/F, W Guangzhou, 26 Xiancun Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (6680 7825) 妃 , 天河区珠江新城冼村路 26 号广州 W 酒店 2-4 层

Jebsen Fine Wines 28/F, Tower B, China International Centre, 33 Zhongshan San Lu, Yuexiu District (8713 7155, www.jebsenfinewines.com) 捷成中国贸易有限公司 , 越秀区中山三路 33 号中华 国际中心 B 塔 28 楼

GK Club B/F, West Tower, Pearl River Bldg, 360 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8387 5177) 大篷车酒吧 , 越秀区环市东路 360 号珠江大厦西座 地下

Jointek 1) Shop 57-60, Section C, Dongdu Da Shi Jie, 422 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8769 6288) 2) Next to the Huashan Hotel, Yuexiu District (8756 9109) 骏德酒业 , 1) 越秀区环市东路 422 号东都大世界 C 区 57-60 号铺 ; 2) 越秀区华山宾馆旁

Happy Monk 1) Back of Yi’an Plaza, Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 5597) ; 2) No. 109, 7Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3877 8679); 3) Outdoor Plaza, Happy Valley Mall, 36 Machang Lu, Tianhe District (3832 5317) 1) 越秀区建设五马路宜安广场后门 ; 2) 天河区珠江 新城兴盛路 7 号 109 号铺 ; 3) 天河区珠江新城马场 路 36 号太阳新天地户外广场

Justwine Cellar Chain Store 1) 90 Tianhe Nan Yi Lu, Tianhe District (8758 0807); 2) Unit 11-3, G/F, Guangzhou International Trade Center, Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (3825 0440) 神之水滴葡萄酒连锁店 1) 天河区天河南一路 90 号 ; 2) 天河区天河北路广州国际贸易中心地铺一层 11-3 单元 Mouton Cadet Wine Bar 9 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (8376 6197) 越秀区建设六马路 9 号 Summergate Unit 2409, 24/F, China International Center, Bldg B, 33 Zhongshan San Lu, Yuexiu District (2883 6800, www.summergate.com) 美夏 , 越秀区中山三路 33 号中华国际中心 B 塔 24 层 2409 单元

Hei Hei Club 1/F, 2 Qiaoguang Lu, Yuexiu District (8331 0012, 8318 2326 for members) 喜喜酒吧 , 海珠区侨光路 2 号首层西面 Hill Bar 367 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8359 0206) 小山吧 , 越秀区环市东路 367 号白云宾馆小山景区 Hooley’s Irish Pub and Restaurant 1)101, 8 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3886 2675); 2) 102, Unit 22, Creative Park, Jihua Si Lu, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8226 4606); 3) Section 2, Yijia Yuan, 7 Xingzhongdao, Zhongshan 1)爱尔兰西餐酒吧, 天河区珠江新城兴盛路8号101; 2)佛山市禅城区季华四路创意产业园22栋102; 3) 中


listings

山市兴中道7号颐嘉苑2卡 Hunting No. 101, 1/F, 36 Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (3802 4091) 越秀区建设五马路 36 号 1 楼 101 室 JZ Club The Bucket, Zhujiang Beer Museum, Yuejiang Xi Lu, Haizhu District (3446 9831) 海珠区阅江西路珠啤博物馆大酒桶 ( 琶醍 A 区米库 旁 ( 珠江啤酒博物馆 ) Lab Shop 104, 7 Xingsheng Lu, Tianhe District (3703 3015, 3703 3013) 研酒室 , 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 7 号 104 室 Lazy Guys 105-106, Huaqiao Garden, 1 Zhengping Nan Jie, Taojin Bei Lu, Yuexiu District (153 6003 3696, 138 0882 9951) 越秀区淘金北路正平南街 1 号华侨乐园 105-106 Lotus Pond 1/F, The Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8333 8989 ext.3191) 荷塘雅座 , 越秀区环市东路 368 号花园酒店 1 楼 Lucky Jack No.23, Zone A, Party Pier, Yuejiang Dong Lu, Haizhu District 海珠区阅江东路琶醍珠江啤酒厂文化创意园 A 区 23 McCawley’s Bar & Grill Shop 101, 16 Huacheng Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3801 7000) 天河区珠江新城花城大道 16 号 101 铺 Mr. Rocky Restaurant & Bar 1) 6-7 Tai Gu Cang, 124 Gexin Lu, Haizhu District (3448 0800); 2) Shop 6-7, Zone B, Party Pier, 118 Modiesha Da Jie, Yuejiang Lu, Haizhu District: 3) 1/F, Time Square Plaza, 28 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District 洛奇先生美国西部牛仔餐吧 1) 海珠区革新路 124 号太古仓 6-7 号仓 ; 2) 海珠区阅江路磨碟沙大街 118 号珠江琶醍啤酒文化创意艺术区 B 区 06-07 铺 ; 3) 天河区天河北路 28 号时代广场 1 楼 The Paddy Field 1) Booth 1A, 1/F, Central Plaza, 38 Huale Lu, Yuexiu District (8360 1379); 2) 4/F, Oakwood Premier Guangzhou, 28 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8398 6181); 3) // Shop XT204, 2 Xietian Li, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757-8203 1023, www. thepaddyfield.com) 田野西餐厅 1) 越秀区华乐路 38 号广怡大厦 1 楼 1A; 2) 天河区体育东路 28 号广州方圆奥克伍德豪 景 ; 3) 佛山市禅城区岭南天地协天里 2 号 XT204 铺 Perry’s Café 1) Rm 201, Binjiang Shui Lian Mansion, 61 Hongmei Lu, Haizhu District (8421 8845) 2) Yuebei Building,2/F, 617 Dongfeng Dong Lu (020 8382 2340) 1) 海珠区红梅路 61 号滨江水恋大厦 201; 2) 东风 东路 617 号粤北大厦 2 楼,靠近建设六马路,汉 堡王楼上 Pearl Lounge 1/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, 3 Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3813 6688) 珍珠吧 , 天河区珠江新城兴安路 3 号广州富力丽思 卡尔顿酒店 1 楼 Rebel Rebel 42 Tiyu Dong Lu, Tianhe District (8520 1579, www.rebelrebelgz.com) 天河区体育东路 42 号 Revolucion Cocktail 9 Xingsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3802 9960) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路 9 号 Richbaby 34 Nanti Er Malu (near the Tianzi Wharf), Yuexiu District (6663 9666) 越秀区天字码头南堤二马路 34 号 The River Oyster Bar & Grill 4/F, Zone C, Zhujiang Party Pier Art & Creative Area, Yuejiang Xi Lu, exit of Modiesha Tunnel, Haizhu District (138 2604 0956, 135 1277 1631) 海珠区磨碟沙隧道口阅江西路珠江啤酒厂琶醍艺术 创意区 C 区 4 楼 Sapphire Lounge 4/F, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 122 Liuhua Lu, Yuexiu District (8666 6888 ext. 3450) 马天尼吧 , 越秀区流花路 122 号中国大酒店 4 楼 Social & Co. Shop 112-113, 6 Huajiu Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3804 9243, www.socialandco.com) 天河区珠江新城华就路 6 号 112-113 铺 Song's Club Shop 2-12, Xingsheng Hui, Xinsheng Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3887 5888) 天河区珠江新城兴盛路兴盛汇 3 楼 2-12 铺

Soothe DS 450 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (8754 6182) 天河区天河北路 450 号

HAIR AND NAIL

SPA

Summer House Directly behind the Marriage House, Xietian Li, Lingnan Tiandi, Chancheng District, Foshan (133 9223 6374, www.summerhouse.com.cn) 佛山市禅城区岭南天地协天里(嫁娶屋正后面)

Hair Code 1) 54 Taojin Lu, Yuexiu District (8359 9964); 2) Shop 5A017-18, 5/F, Grandview Mall, 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (8550 5180); 3) 3/F,South District of Poly Central Plaza, 18 Jianshe Da Ma Lu, Yuexiu Distric (8302 2068) 芭曲,1) 越秀区淘金路 54 号 ; 2) 天河区天河路 228 号正佳广场 5 楼 5A017-18; 3) 越秀区建设大 马路保利中环广场南区 3 楼

Hua Spa 69/F, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, 5 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (8883 3000) 花水疗中心,天河区珠江新城珠江西路 5 号广州四 季酒店 69 楼

Hair Corner L225, 2/F, TaiKoo Hui Shopping Mall, 383 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3808 8338) 天河路 383 号太古汇商场裙楼第二层 L225 号铺

O Spa Grand Hyatt Guangzhou, 12 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8396 1234 ext.3520) 天河区珠江新城珠江西路 12 号广州富力君悦大酒 店

Tian Bar 99/F, Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou, 5 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (8883 3399) 天吧 , 天河区珠江新城珠江西路 5 号广州四季酒店 99 楼 True Color 276 Yanjiang Zhong Lu, Yuexiu District (8373 5858, www.truecolorclub. com) 本色 , 越秀区沿江中路 276 号 ( 天字码头东 200 米) Wilber’s 62 Zhusigang Er Malu, Yuexiu District (3761 1101, www.wilber.com.cn) 越秀区竹丝岗二马路 62 号 Woo Bar 1/F, W Guangzhou, 26 Xiancun Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (6628 6628) 天 河 区 珠 江 新 城 冼 村 路 26 号 广 州 W 酒 店

ALTH

INT’L MEDICAL SERVICES Bellaire Int'l Clinic No. 601, 6/F, East Tower, Times Square, 28 Tianhe Bei Lu, Tianhe District (3891 0511) 贝利尔诊所,天河北路 28 号时代广场东 6 楼 601 Clifford Hospital Hongfu Lu,Panyu District (8471 8123, www.cliffordhospital.com) 广东祈福医院 , 番禺区鸿福路 Dr. Sherily Xiao Master of Medicine. 19 years TCM & Acupuncture & Massage & Physiotherapy Experience.Only for appointment. Fu Lai Garden Shui Yin Zhi Jie Shui Yin Road Yue Xiu District Guang Zhou. (Tel: 137 1052 6617. E-mail: xiaoshuilan@ hotmail.com. L5, Zoo station, C exit) 广州市越秀区水阴路水阴直街福莱花园 Eur Am Int’l Medical Center 1/F, North Tower, Ocean Pearl Bldg, 19 Huali Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng (3758 5328, 24hr urgent care: 137 1041 3347, www. eurammedicalcenter.com) 康辰国际医疗 , 珠江新城华利路 19 号远洋明珠大 厦北座首层 Guangzhou Elizabeth Women's Hospital 484 Kangwang Zhong Lu, Liwan District (24-hour hotline: 400 886 9268, e-mail: inquiries@eliza.hk) 广州伊丽莎白妇产医院国际医疗中心,荔湾区康王 中路 484 号 United Family Guangzhou Clinic 1/F, Annex Bldg, PICC Bldg, 301 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong (4008 919 191, 24-hr urgent care: 8710 6060) 广州越秀和睦家门诊部 , 广州大道中 301 号人保大 厦南塔副楼首层

DENTAL CLINICS All Smile - Dr. Lu Int'l Dental Clinic Rm 603-604, 6/F, Metro Plaza, 183 Tianhe Bei Lu (24-hour hotline: 8755 3380). Mon-Sat 9am-6pm (other times by appointment) 大都会牙科,天河北路 183 号大都会广场六楼 603-604 Kaiyi Dental Clinic 11/F, Ice Flower Hotel, 2 Tianhe Bei Lu (3886 4821,www.kaiyiyk. com) 凯怡牙科诊所,天河北路 2 号冰花酒店 11 层 Smile Dentistry 10/F, A Building of Spring Square, GT Land Plaza, 85 Huacheng Dadao, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe Distric(3883 8198, 4000 886 823, www. smile100.com.cn) 微笑牙科,天河区珠江新城花城大道 85 号高德置 地春广场 A 座 10 楼全层 Wisdom International Dental Clinic Room 2008-2010, No.2 Hua Li Road. Zhujiang Xincheng (Edinburgh International Apartment) (3877 2897). Daily 9:30am-9pm. 广 州 维 思 顿 牙 科 中 心, 珠 江 新 城 华 利 路 2 号 2008-2010 ( 爱 丁 堡 国 际 公 寓 )

Magic Hair Salon 1) 7/F, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong (3734 5022) 1) 广州大道中 988 号广州圣丰索菲特大酒店 7 楼 Nail Culture 1) 121 Poly Champagne Garden, Huasui Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3828 9001); 2) B075, 5/F, Grandview Mall, 208 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3806 0297); 3) Shop 8, 1/F, Jiayu Dandun Sunshine Apartments, 2 Hai’an Lu, Tianhe District (8398 1076) 奈儿贝蒂美甲 , 1) 天河区珠江新城华穗路保利香 槟 121 号 ; 2) 天河区天河路 208 号正佳广场 5 楼 B075; 3) 天河区海安路 2 号嘉裕丹顿阳光公寓首层 8 号铺 SO’ O LK (Hair Salon) 1) G/F, 545 Binjiang Dong Lu, Haizhu District (3425 7429); 2) Shop 103A, World Trade Centre, 371-375 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District (8760 6299); 3) Shop101, 712 Binjiang Dong Lu, Haizhu District (8419 1022); 4) Shop101, Fuli Edinburgh Apartment, 2 Huali Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District(3826 3718); 5) Shop 15 2/F, Chateau Star River Hotel, Yingbin Lu, Panyu District(3479 0641); 6) Shop81-82, G/F, New City Plaza, Olympic Garden, Luoxi New Town, Panyu District(3452 1826); 7) Shop 21, Agile Phase II, Fenghuang Bei Lu, Huadu District(3692 8686) 苏豪路易士,嘉玛发廊,1) 天河区天河北路 366 号 都市华庭 13 铺 ; 2) 越秀区环市东路 371-375 号世 界贸易中心首层 103A; 3) 海珠区滨江东路 712 号 101 铺 ; 4) 天河区珠江新城华利路 2 号富力爱丁堡 公寓 101 铺 ; 5) 番禺区迎宾路星河湾酒店 2 楼 15 号 铺 ; 6) 番禺区洛溪新城奥园城市花园首层 81-82 号 铺 ; 7) 花都区凤凰北路雅居乐二期 21 号铺 Toni&Guy 1) G/F, 75 Tianhe Dong Lu, Tianhe District (English: 8754 2116, Chinese: 8754 2113); 2) M05, B1, Peace World Plaza, 362 Huanshi Dong Lu, Tianhe District (English: 8388 9987, Chinese: 8388 9916) 1) 天河东路 75 号首层 ; 2) 环市东路 362 号好世界 广场负一层

fitness

Indoor Tanning 1/F, Yian Plaza, 33 Jianshe Liu Malu, Yuexiu District (180 2626 6021) 越秀区建设六马路宜安广场中庭南铺

Revive Spa 3/F, Four Points by Sheraton Guangzhou, Dongpu, 1 Jingying Lu, Huicai Lu, Dongpu (3211 0626; 3211 0888) 活水疗,东圃汇彩路菁映路 1 号广州东圃合景福朋 喜来登酒店 3 楼 So Spa with L’Occitane 7/F, Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich, 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District (3883 8888 ext. 2303, 2300) 水疗中心,广州大道中 988 号广州圣丰索菲特大 酒店 7 楼 The Ritz-Carlton Spa 4/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou, Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (3813 6688) 丽思卡尔顿水疗中心,天河区珠江新城兴安路 3 号 广州富力丽思卡尔顿酒店 4 楼

EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS Alcanta International College (AIC) 1130 Baiyun Dadao Nan, Baiyun District (8618 3999; 8618 3000; 8618 3666) 亚加达教育机构国际预科部 , 白云区白云大道南 1130 号 . www.aicib.org American Int’l School of Guangzhou (AISG) 1) 3 Yanyu Nan Lu, Ersha Island (8735 3393); 2) 19,Kexiang Road Luogang District,Science Park, Guangzhou (3213 5555) 1) 广州美国人 ,二沙岛烟雨南路 3 号 ; 2) 广州罗 岗区科翔路 19 号 Canadian Foreign Language School Cambridgshire Garden, Panyu District (39191868 ext. 0) 广州市番禺区剑桥郡加拿达外国语学校,广州市番 禺区剑桥郡花园

Body Delight Studio 3/F, Poly Plaza East Tower, 59 Huali Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (3826 7990) 天河区珠江新城华利路 59 号保利大厦东塔三楼

Canadian International School of Guangzhou Cambridgeshire Garden, Nancun Town, Panyu District (3925 5321) www.cisgz.com 广州加拿大人国际学校,番禺区南村镇雅居乐剑桥 郡花园内

California Fitness 4/F, Seasons Mall(Summer), GT Land Plaza, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3808 2787) 加州健身,天河区珠江新城高德置地广场夏商场4楼

Canadian Internatioanal Kindergarten Agile Garden, Yinbin Lu, Panyu District (8456 6551). 加拿大国际幼儿园,番禺区迎宾路雅居乐花园

Tuning Life 1) 3/F, Shun Tak Business Center,246 Zhongshan Si Lu, Yuexiu District (2910 9588). 2) 2/F, 2 Jianshe Wu Malu, Yuexiu District (2289 0999). 3) 1/F, Oriental Hotel, 120 Liuhua Lu, Yuexiu District (8666 0968) 1) 越秀区中山四路 246 号信德商务大厦 3 楼 2) 越 秀区建设五马路 2 号二层 3) 越秀区流花路 120 号东 方宾馆 1 号楼首层

Canadian (Mayland) International Kindergarten Mayland Garden, Keyun Lu, Tianhe District (8561 6516) 美林国际幼儿园 , 天河区科韵路美林海岸花园棕林 街 48 号

Victory Fitness 3/F, Yingjia Garden, 72 Jinsui Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (3820 3866) 天河区珠江新城金穗路 72 号盈嘉花园 3 楼 Ying’s Authentic Pilates Studio True Pilates China Studio & True Pilates NY Instructor Certification Training Center since 2011. Add: 7F/7 Huacheng Dadao, Zhujiang New Town.www. pilatesguangzhou.com 18620076022 珠江新城花城大道 7 号 7 楼

Clifford School International International Building, Clifford School, Clifford Estates, Shiguang Lu, Panyu District (8471 8273; 8471 1441; 8471 1694) 祈福英语实验学校,番禺区市广路 Guangzhou Huamei International School 23 Huamei Lu, Tianhe District (Tel: 8721 0372). www.hm163.com 广州华美英语实验学校,天河区华美路 23 号 Guangzhou Nanfang International School No.1 South Industrial Park, Yinglong Lu, Longdong, Tianhe District (3886 6952, 3886 3606, Fax: 3886 3680). www.gnischina. com 广州南方国际学校,天河区龙洞迎龙路龙 山工业园南1号

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District (8478 6838, gz.chimelong.com) 长隆酒店 , 番禺区番禺大道 Chimelong Hengqin Bay Hotel Hengqin New District, Zhuhai (0756-299 8888, www.chimelong.com) 长隆横琴湾酒店 , 珠海市横琴新区 Chimelong Penguin Hotel Hengqin New District, Zhuhai (0756-299 3366, www.chimelong. com) 长隆企鹅酒店, 珠海市横琴新区 Chimelong Circus Hotel Hengqin New District, Zhuhai (0756-299 3399, www.chimelong. com) 长隆马戏酒店, 珠海市横琴新区 China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel 122, Liuhua Lu (8666 6888) www.MarriottChinahotel.com 中国大酒店 , 流花路 122 号 Crowne Plaza Guangzhou City Centre 339 Huanshi Dong Lu (8363 8888) 广州中心皇冠假日酒店 , 环市东路 339 号

Park Hyatt Guangzhou

Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Huadu 189 Yingbin Dadao, Huadu District (3690 0888) 广州花都皇冠假日酒店 , 花都区迎宾大道 189 号 . www.crowneplaza.com

A New Level of Dining

Nestled in the heart of Zhujiang Xincheng, Park Hyatt Guangzhou offers a host of drinking and dining venues with front-row views of the spectacular city below. The grand atmosphere is complemented by an enthusiastic international culinary team, which puts freshness first, using only the finest produce to prepare simple, authentic dishes. On the 65th floor lies the exquisite dining room: a contemporary all-day restaurant featuring live culinary theater in the show kitchen and a range of semi-private seating, as well as two private rooms, each seating 12 guests. With floor-to-ceiling windows and an earthy, rugged design, the dining room has a chic, industrial feel with fashionable accents. Tones are neutral, encouraging guests to embark on a casual yet elegant dining experience. The restaurant offers international fare for breakfast, a semi-buffet lunch and an a-la-carte dinner menu specializing in southern Italian cuisine. Handmade Puglia orecchiette (RMB160) is Chef de Cuisine Vicenzo Gatti’s signature dish. The pasta sits in a white wine, parsley and butter sauce, and is mixed with clams and porcini mushrooms. Tagliolini lobster (RMB190), beef carpaccio (RMB140) and the cod fillet cartoccio (RMB180) are other highlights on the menu. Conclude the meal on a high note with a bowl of vanilla bean panna cotta (RMB45) – one of the finest takes on the classic dessert in the city. > 65/F, Park Hyatt Guangzhou, 16 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城华夏路16号广州柏悦酒店65层 (3769 1234, guangzhou.park. hyatt.com)

ISA International School Guangzhou Block C2-2, 128 Yuancun Siheng Lu, Tianhe District 广州爱莎国际学校, 天河区员村四横路128号 红专厂创意园C2-2 (8890 0909, info@isaschool. com )

800 Shatai Bei Lu, Baiyun District (8720 2019, fax 8704 4296); 2) Sanjiang Town, Zeng Cheng (8291 4691 fax 8291 3303) 广州誉德莱国际学校,1) 白云区沙太北路 800 号 ; 2) 增城三江镇

Int’l French School of Guangzhou Favorview Palace, Tianhe District (3879 7324).www. efcanton.com. 广州法国学校,天河区汇景新城

Yew Wah International Education School of Guangzhou Dragon Lake Resort, National AAAA Tourist Attraction, Huadong Town, Huadu District, Guangzhou (8683 2662 / 400 850 9778) 广州耀华国际教育学校 广州市花都区花东镇山前旅 游大道学而街 9 号 (比邻国家 4A 级旅游风景区九 龙湖) www.ywies-gz.com

Japanese School of Guangzhou 10 Fengxin Lu, Science City, High-technology and Industrial Zone (Tel: 6139 7023, Fax: 6139 7027). www.jsgcn.com 广州日本人学校,高新技术产业开发区科学城风信 路 10 号

Yihe Int’l Kindergarten Summer Palace, Tonghe Town, Baiyun District (3623 8230). 颐和国际幼儿园,白云区同和镇颐和山庄

Mayland International School Mayland International Resort, 168 Shanqian Dadao, Huadu District (3672 8212) 美林湖国际学校,花都区山前大道 168 号美林湖国 际社区 Raffles Design Institute 9F, B Tower of Guangzhou Sinopec Building, No.191, Tiyu Xi Lu, Tianhe District. (8350 0760; 400 8332 033) gz.raffles.edu.cn 广州莱佛士设计培训学院,天河区体育西路 191 号 中石化大厦 B 塔 9 楼 St.Lorraine Anglo-Chinese School Riverside Garden, Dashi Town, Panyu District (8458 8252; 8450 7290). www.st-lorraine.com.cn 莱恩英文幼儿园,番禺区大石镇丽江花园 The British School of Guangzhou 983-3 Tonghe Lu, Baiyun District (8709 4788) 广州英国学校 , 白云区同和路 983-3 Utahloy Int’l School www.utahloy.com 1)

TRAINING SCHOOLS Berlitz Language Training A2G Shengya Business Center, 107 Tiyu West Road, Tianhe (Tel: 3887 9261, 3887 9262) www. berlitz.com 贝立兹中心,天河体育西路107号盛 雅商务中心A2G Eclipse English Education 18D, No.368, Tianhe Bei Road, GZ (Tel:38780382,18922769713) 爱誉英语 , 天河北路 , 368 号 , 18D SXSJ Art Center Painting and calligraphy class in small group. Tailor made corporate program. www.1980art.com 书香世家艺 术中心,1)天河科韵路美林海岸棕林街54

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Regus Serviced Office Flexible office leases from 1 day to 1 year Quick and easy to set up for 1-200 people Prices from RMB180 per month Find more on Regus.cn Tel: 400 120 1207

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Crowne Plaza Guangzhou Science City 28 Ningcai Lu, Central District, Science City (8880 0999) www.crowneplaza.com 广州翡翠皇冠假日酒店 , 科学城中心区凝彩路 28 号 DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou 391 Dongfeng Lu, Yuexiu District (2833 7215; 2833 2888) 广州希尔顿逸林酒店 , 越秀区东风路 391 号 DoubleTree by Hilton Guangzhou - Science City 18 Shuixi Lu, Huangpu District (3223 8888) 广州汇华希尔顿逸林酒店·科学城 , 黄埔区水西路 18 号 DoubleTree by Hilton Heyuan 123 Yuewang Dadao, Heyuan (0762-2298 888) 河源汇景希尔顿逸林酒店 , 河源市越王大道 123 号 Dong Fang Hotel 120 Liuhua Lu, Yuexiu District (8666 9900, www.hoteldongfang.com) 东方宾馆 , 越秀区流花路 120 号 Dusit Devavana Hot Springs & Spa Conghua Guangzhou 352 Yuquan Dadao, Liangkou Town, Conghua District (3798 8888, ddch@ dusit.com) 广州从化都喜泰丽温泉度假酒店,从化 区良口镇御泉大道352号 Four Seasons Hotel Guangzhou 5 Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (8883 3888) 广州四季酒店,天河区珠江新城珠江西路 5 号 Four Points by Sheraton Guangzhou, Dongpu 1 Jingying Lu, Huicai Lu, Dongpu (3211 0888) 广州东圃合景福朋喜来登酒店 , 东圃汇彩路菁映路 1 号 Grand Hyatt Guangzhou 12, Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (8396 1234 www.guangzhou.grand.hyatt.com) 广州富力君悦大酒店 , 天河区珠江新城珠江西路 12 号 Guangzhou Marriott Hotel Tianhe 228 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (6108 8888) 广州正佳广场万豪酒店,天河区天河路 228 号 Hilton Foshan 127 Lingnan Dadao Bei, Chancheng District, Foshan (0757 8306 9999) 佛山希尔顿酒店 , 佛山市禅城区岭南大道北 127 号 Hilton Guangzhou Baiyun 515-517, Yuncheng Dong Lu, Baiyun District (6660 0666) 广州白云万达希尔顿酒店 , 白云区云城东路 515-517 号 www.hilton.com.cn/guangzhoubaiyun Hilton Guangzhou Tianhe 215 Linhe Xi Heng Lu, Tianhe District (6683 9999) 广州天河新天希尔顿酒店,天河区林和西横路 215 号 www.guangzhoutianhe.hilton.com Hotel Nikko Guangzhou 1961 Huaguan Lu, Tianhe District (6631 8888, www.nikkogz.com) 广州日航酒店 , 天河区华观路 1961 号 Langham Place Guangzhou 638 Xingang Dong Lu, Haizhu District(8916 3388) 广州南丰朗豪酒店 , 海珠区新港东路 638 号 Mandarin Oriental, Guangzhou 389 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3808 8888) 广州文华东方酒店 , 天河区天河路 389 号 Pullman Guangzhou Baiyun Airport Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (3606 8866, www.pullmanhotels.com) 广州白云机场铂尔曼大酒店 , 广州白云国际机场


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2200 1888 www.wandahotels.com) 东莞万达文华酒店,东莞市东城区东纵大道 208 号 White Swan Hotel 1 Shamian Nan Jie, Liwan District (8188 6968) 白天鹅宾馆 , 荔湾区沙面南街 1 号

Community Associations Argentina 2405, Teem Tower, 208 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (3888 0328, cguan@ mrecic.gov.ar) 阿根廷共和国领事馆 , 天河区天河路 208 号粤海天 河城大厦 2405 单元 Christian Fellowship Hilton Hotel Guangzhou Tianhe , 215 Lin He Xi Heng Lu, Tianhe District (6683 9999) (Foreigners only. Please bring ID) Worship Hours: 10am11:30am.every Sunday. 广州天河新天希尔顿酒店 , 广州天河区林和西横路 215 号

The Brew Zhujiang

Guangdong Int’l Volunteer Expatriate Service (GIVES) Contact Rosaline Yam (8778 2778; givescn@ yahoo.com) www.gives.cn

It’s a Whole New Brew

Guangzhou Women’s Int’l Club (GWIC) For contact information, visit www.gwic.org

Big things have happened at everyone’s favorite Canadian-style hangout, The Brew Zhujiang. What started as a major renovation a few months back has climaxed into a completely redesigned menu, created by Executive Chef Kevin McKellar. While admittedly many old favorites are missing, the fresh additions are outstanding improvements. The new Brew burger (RMB75) overshadows every one of the previously multitudinous patty options, for instance. With a homemade sauce, fresh vegetables and delicious new french fries (seasoned with eight spices, hints of garlic butter and parsley), this meal finds itself in the running for one of the best burgers in town. Other highlights include a delectable grilled cheese sandwich (RMB75) and an impressive macaroni and cheese (RMB68) that has amazing reheat value if you can’t manage to finish it in one sitting. For those of you nostalgic for old menu favorites, don’t fear: a number of dishes have survived and have actually been improved upon. The most notable menu item upgrade is the jalapeno poppers (RMB50), which have a new filling with a gourmet twist and big bite. The Caesar salad (RMB55) has also received a makeover, with homemade bacon chunks and lettuce that is actually crunchy, as opposed to mushy (which is all too common in Guangzhou eateries). The new menu will be rolled out at the other Brew locations in the months to come, according to restaurant management. Chef McKellar, hailing from Canada, has been involved in the culinary industry since he was 14 years old and his knowledge and passion really shines in The Brew’s food update. “I wanted to create, from scratch, home-style cooking,” asserts McKellar. “I want people to leave full and happy.”

Brazil Rm 1403, 10 Huaxia Lu, R&F Center, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (02083652236; cg. cantao.itamaraty.gov.br) 巴西驻广州总领事馆, 珠江新城华夏路10号富力中 心1403室

> The Brew Zhujiang, West Section, Baolin Yuan, Huaxun Jie, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District 天河区珠江新城华讯街保林苑西区 (3408 9549)

Royal Tulip Carat Guangzhou 388 Guangyuan Zhong Lu (8396 6866) 广州卡丽皇家金煦酒店,广园中路 388 号 Sheraton Guangzhou Hotel 208 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (6668 8888) 粤海喜来登酒店 , 天河区天河路 208 号 Sheraton Guangzhou Huadu Resort Northeast of Shanqian Dadao, Huadu District (3695 3888) 广州花都合景喜来登度假酒店,花都区山 前大道东北侧 Shangri-La Hotel Guangzhou 1, Huizhan Dong Lu, Haizhu District (8917 8888, www. shangri-la.com) 广州香格里拉大酒店 , 海珠区会展东路 1 号 Sofitel Guangzhou Sunrich 988 Guangzhou Dadao Zhong, Tianhe District (3883 8888) 广州圣丰索菲特大酒店 , 天河区广州大道中 988 号 . www.sofitel.com The Ritz-Carlton, Guangzhou 3, Xing’an Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (3813 6688, www.ritzcarlton.com) 广州富力丽思卡尔顿

酒店, 天河区珠江新城兴安路3号 The Westin Guangzhou 6, Linhe Zhong Lu, Tianhe District (2886 6868, www.westin.com/ guangzhou) 广州海航威斯汀酒店 , 天河区林和中路 6 号 The Westin Pazhou Area C, Guangzhou International Convention & Exhibition Center, 681 Fengpu Zhong Lu, Haizhu District (8918 1818, www.westin.com/pazh ou)广州广交会 威斯汀酒店, 海珠区凤浦中路681号广州国际会议 展览中心C区 The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou 368, Huanshi Dong Lu (8333 8989, www.thegardenhotel.com.cn) The Garden Hotel, Guangzhou, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu, Yuexiu District 广州花园酒店 , 越秀区环市东路 368 号花园酒店 (8333 8989) W Guangzhou 26 Xiancun Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (6628 6628) 广州 W 酒店 , 天河区珠江新城冼村路 26 号 Wanda Vista Dongguan 208 Dongzong Dadao, Dongcheng District, Dongguan (0769-

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8772; fax 8601 8773; kjrigz@public.guangzhou. gd.cn) 印度尼西亚领事馆,流花路 120 号东方宾馆西座 2 楼 1201-1223 室 Israel 19/F, Development Center, 3 Linjiang Dadao, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District (8513 0509) 以色列领事馆,天河区珠江新城临江大道 3 号发 展中心 19 楼 . Guangzhou.mfa.gov.il Italy Rm 1403, International Finance Place (IFP), 8, Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang New Town (Tel: 3839 6225; Fax: 8550 6370) 意大利领事馆,珠江新城华夏路 8 号合景国际金融 广场 14 楼 1403 室 Japan 1/F, East Tower, The Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu (Tel: 8334 3009; Fax: 8333 8972) www.guangzhou.cn.emb-japan. go.jp 日本领事馆,环市东路 368 号花园酒店东塔 1 楼 Korea (Republic) 18 Youlin Lu, Chigang Consulate Area, Haizhu District (Tel: 2919 2999; fax 2919 2980; Guangzhou@mofat.go.kr) 韩国领事馆,海珠区赤岗领事馆区友邻路 18 号 Kuwait 10A-10D, Nanyazhonghe Plaza, 57 Lingjiang Dadao, Zhujiang New Town (Tel: 3807 8070; Fax: 3807 8007). 科威特国总领事馆,珠江新城临江大道 57 号南雅 中和广场 10A-10D Malaysia Rm 1915-1918, 19/F, CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe Bei Lu ((Tel: 3877 0765; Fax: 3877 2320) 马来西亚领事馆,天河北路 233 号中信广场 19 楼 1915-1918 室 Mexico Rm2001, Teem Tower, 208 Tianhe Bei Lu (Tel: 2208 1540; Fax: 2208 1539) 墨西哥领事馆,天河路 208 号粤海天河城大厦 20 楼 01 单元

Australia 12/F, Zhujiang New City, Development Centre, 3 Linjiang Lu (Tel: 3814 0111; Fax: 3814 0112) www.guangzhou.china.embassy.gov.au 澳大利亚领事馆,临江路 3 号珠江新城发展中心 12 楼

Netherlands 34/F, Teem Tower, 208 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe Bei Lu (Tel: 3813 2200; Fax: 3813 2299) www.hollandinchina.org 荷兰领事馆,天河路 208 号粤海天河城大厦 34 楼

Belgium Room 0702, 7/F, R & F Center, Unit 2, 10 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (Tel: 3877 2351; Fax: 3877 2353) 天河区珠江新城华夏路 10 号富力中心 7 楼 0702 室

New Zealand Rm C1055, Office Tower, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 122 Liuhua Lu (Tel: 8667 0253; Fax: 8666 6420; Guangzhou@ nzte.govt.nz) www.nzte.govt.nz 新西兰领事馆,流花路 122 号中国大酒店商业大厦 1055 室

Cambodia Rm 802, The Garden Hotel (Tower), Huangshi Dong Lu (Tel: 8333 8999 - 805; Fax: 8365 2361) 柬埔寨领事馆,环市东路花园酒店大楼 808 室 Canada 801, Office Tower, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel ,Liuhua Lu (Tel: 8611 6100, Fax: 8667 2401) www.guangzhou.gc.ca 加拿大领事馆,流花路中国大酒店商业楼 801 室 Cuba Rm 2411, West Tower, Huapu Plaza, 13 Huaming Lu, Zhujiang New Town (Tel: 2238 2603 / 2238 2604; Fax: 2238 2605) 珠江新城华明路 13 号华普广场西塔 2411 Denmark Rm 1578, China Hotel, A Marriott Hotel, 122 Liuhua Lu (Tel: 8666 0795; Fax: 8667 0315) 丹麦领事馆,流花路 122 号中国大酒店写字楼 1578 室  Ecuador Room 1801, R&F Building, 10 Huaxia Lu, Zhujiang New Town (Tel: 3892 7650; Fax: 3892 7550) 厄瓜多尔共和国驻广州领事馆,珠江新城华夏路 10 号富力中心 1801 室 France Rm 810, 8/F, Main Tower, Guangdong Int’l Hotel, 339 Huanshi Dong Lu (2829 2000) www.consulfrance-canton.org/ 法国领事馆,环市东路 339 号广东国际大酒店主楼 810 室 Germany 14/F Teem Tower, 208 Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (Tel: 8313 0000; Fax: 8516 8133) www.kanton.diplo.de 德国领事馆,天河路 208 号粤海天河城大厦 14 楼

Norway Suite 1802, CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe Bei Lu (3811 3188 Fax: 3811 3199) 挪威领事馆,天河北路 233 号中信广场 180 室 Philippines Rm 706-712 Guangdong Int’l Hotel, 339 Huanshi Dong Lu (Tel: 8331 1461; Fax: 8333 0573) www.guangzhoupcg.org 菲律宾领事馆,环市东路 339 号广东国际大酒店 主楼 706-712 室 Poland 63 Shamian Da Jie (Tel: 8121 9993; Fax: 8121 9995) 波兰领事馆,沙面大街 63 号 Singapore Unit 2418, CITIC Plaza, 233 Tianhe Bei Lu (Tel: 3891 2345; Fax: 3891 2933) 新加坡领事馆,天河北路 233 中信广场 2418 室 Spain Rm 501/507/508 5/F, R&F Center, 10 Huaxia Lu, Pearl River New City (Tel: 3892 7185 / 3892 8909; Fax: 3892 7197). www. maec.es/consulados/canton 西班牙驻广州总领事馆,珠江新城华夏路 10 号富 力中心 5 楼 501/507/508 室 Switzerland 27/F, Grand Tower, 228, Tianhe Lu, Tianhe District (Tel: 3833 0450; Fax: 3833 0453) www.eda.admin.ch/gz 瑞士领事馆,天河区天河路 228 号广晟大厦 27 楼 Thailand Rm M07, 2/F, Garden Hotel, 368 Huanshi Dong Lu (Tel: 8385 8988; Fax: 8388 9567) 泰国领事馆,环市东路 368 号花园酒店 2 楼 M07 室

Greece Rm 2105, HNA Building, 8 Linhe Zhong Lu (Tel: 8550 1114; Fax: 8550 1450; grgencon.guan@mfa.gr) 希腊领事馆 , 林和中路 8 号海航大厦 2105 室

The Russian Federation 26/A, Development Centre, 3 Linjiang Dadao, Zhujiang New Town (8518 5001 Fax: 8518 5099 (office)/ 8518 5088(visa section)) 俄罗斯联邦驻广州总领事馆 , 珠江新城临江大道 3 号发展中心 26/A

Guangzhou Narcotics Anonymous Meetings: Monday 6.30pm and Friday 7pm. (For help: 188 9857 0042 (French, Chinese & English), 133 3287 0750 (Persian), 185 8876 4470 (English), www.nachina.com)

United States 43 Huajiu Lu, Zhujiang Xincheng, Tianhe District (Tel: 3814 5000) http://guangzhou-ch.usembassy-china. org.cn/   美国领事馆,天河区珠江新城华就路 43 号

India 14/F, Haichuan Dasha, 8 Linhe Zhong Lu, Tianhe District (8550 1501-05) 印度领事馆,天河区林和中路 8 号海船大厦 14 楼

Vietnam 2/F, Hua Xia Hotel, Haizhou Square, Qiaoguang Lu (Tel: 8330 5911; Fax: 8330 5915) 越南领事馆,侨光路华沙大酒店 B 座 2 楼北部

Indonesia Rm 1201-1223, 2/F, West Building, Dong Fang Hotel, 120 Liuhua Lu (Tel: 8601


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