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The wrap 38 COVER STORY
A Look Inside the PRD's Most Extravagant Homes.
Imagine all the people p48
Three to See
QUOTE of the issue
“If we take in all the things we can see in the universe, we will realize that we are just a small little planet, and we need to protect it.” Maurizio Gavazzi, experimental mixed media artist, shares the ideas behind his upcoming exhibition in Guangzhou p37
66 EVENTS HK
Tan Dun's Martial Arts Trilogy
Alice in Wonderland
Olivia Newton-John Live
Feast of the Drunken Dragon
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10 CITY 12 from martial arts to medicine The Kung Fu Stars of Xiguan Orthopedics.
14 band of the blind The Regular Rockers of Dongshankou.
16 LIFESTYLE 18 Get juiced China's Clean-Eating Industry is Big Business, But is It Healthy?
24 secrets of saigon Traveling in a Land of Hospitality.
26 ARTS 28 where's the art @? Shenzhen's Quest For Artistic Identity.
32 A Blossoming exchange The 11th Festival Croisements Returns this Spring.
56 EAT & DRINK 58 stacked The Fantastic Four.
60 Green room A Hipster's Paradise.
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South China isn’t exactly associated with posh extravagance or haughty tuhao. One of the things we love about the region, in fact, is its down-to-earth, cool charisma (supermarket in sweats? Go for it). When it comes to splurging on homes, however, the PRD’s wealthiest residents can’t seem to refrain from gobbling up newly developed land along the coast of Shenzhen Bay or beside pristine lakes in Huadu. Towering over the last remaining scenic views in the area, these pricey abodes have turned Mother Earth into a selling point, and an expensive one at that. So what lies inside these mysterious RMB280 million cribs and where are they hiding? This month’s cover story led us into the living rooms of some of the swankiest residences in the region, where we explored the lavish suites and ornate furnishings of China’s 1 percent. Wandering through spotless corridors brimming with one-of-a-kind, custom-made fixtures inspired us to tackle the topic of furniture design in Guangdong – the country’s largest furniture export base – and chat with leading brands in the industry. With their insight, we were also able to compile the top design shops and secondhand markets in the PRD that offer everything from antique goods to retro, recycled pieces. Turn to p38 for the full story. Elsewhere in the magazine, Tristin Zhang recounts a fascinating afternoon spent with a blind band for our monthly Man on the Street feature. Performing in Dongshankou every weekend for the past 10 years, this group of musicians is one of the few devoted to the fading genre of Cantonese folk (p14). In life and style, we’re all set for spring with fashion tips on p20 and a feature on China’s growing obsession with juicing, detoxing and cleansing. The billion-dollar industry is still going strong, but is juicing really as healthy as many assume? Find out on p18. Our arts section is bursting at the seams this month with the annual Festival Croisements back in town to introduce a stellar lineup of French performances and exhibitions, including much-anticipated photography show Father and Son by Grégoire Korganow and performances by Last Train and Nach (p32). Also in the section, artist Bronwen Shelwell provides an in-depth account of the arts scene in Shenzhen and the extent to which it truly reflects the sentiments of local artists (p28). Finally, in our food and drink section, be sure to check out the latest openings around town (p56) and our mouth-watering spread on sandwiches (p58). Enjoy the season! Jocelyn Richards Deputy Editor
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In Guangzhou, a pair of tickets to The World of Mozart by David Stern (p70), a pair of tickets to Mongolian band Haya (p70), a pair of tickets to Leonis Quartet (p70), a pair of tickets to Windsbach Boy Choir (p70), a pair of tickets to Kousuke Atari China Tour (p70), a pair of tickets to Italian A Cappella Mezzotono (p70), a pair of tickets to The Legendary Swordsman by the Guangzhou Acrobatic Troupe (p72) and a pair of tickets to 2 Men by Edward Lam and Horse Dance Theatre (p72). In Shenzhen, a pair of tickets to Feldermelder (p35), a pair of tickets to noise rock band Ovo (p67), a pair of tickets to Japanese punk legend Phew (p67), a pair of tickets to German band Faust (p67), one voucher for a two-person afternoon tea set at Futian ShangriLa, Shenzhen (p73), five RMB100 vouchers for Yes Thai Cuisine (p73) and 10 vouchers for two bottles of sake at Komachi (p73). To enter for one of our WeChat giveaways, simply message our official WeChat (Thats_PRD) with the name of the prize you would like and why you should win. Bonus points for original submissions.
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PRD • Girlfriend Arrested in Murdered Shenzhen Expat's Death British national Hilary Bower was found murdered due to a ‘relationship dispute.’
• ‘The Future of Fashion is Now’ Struts into Shenzhen World-famous designers like Viktor & Rolf and Martin Margiela visit the city.
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NATIONAL • PHOTOS: How China Has Changed in 100 Years Photographer Dheera Venkatraman reshoots old photos of Chinese cities.
• WATCH: Powerful SK-II Ad on China’s Leftover Women An emotional ad campaign goes viral after addressing China's 'leftover women.'
• American Bro 'Survives' Shanghai on RMB130, Goes Viral Somebody get this guy a medal.
• PHOTOS: Drunken Insanity at the 2016 Hong Kong Sevens Relive the madness of the drinking tournament with a rugby problem.
• ‘iPhone Legs’ the Latest Body-Shaming Fad to Hit China Yet another (terrible) way to show off one's bod.
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COMMENT OF THE MONTh
The current Chinese person’s life: get born, feed on poisoned milk powder, grow up and get injected with toxic vaccines, start studying at a poisonous school – Weibo user after hundreds of students were poisoned due to toxic soil surrounding a school in Jiangsu
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CITY th e b u z z
DON’T YOU KNOW WHO I AM?
Thomas, the Viral Laowai Imitator
quote of the month Thomas (Chinese name: Afu), a German expat, first caught netizens’ attention with a video depicting married life in China from a foreigner’s perspective. Speaking in immaculate Mandarin with an authentic Shanghai drawl, he filmed himself doing impressions of his inlaws and wife, covering many stereotypes but also minute character traits to near perfection. He further struck a chord with residents of Shanghai and China at large with his followup video, depicting the many odd, zany or downright unsavory characters you meet on the metro, with another batch of uncannily accurate impressions. What will he tackle next?
“I don’t want to get married just for the sake of marriage. I won’t live happily that way.”
An excerpt from a four-minutelong documentary-style ad by cosmetics brand SK-II that has gone viral in China since its release last month. The commercial raises awareness about the social pressure exerted on unmarried women over the age of 27, known as 'leftover women (shengnu),' and attempts to address the stigma through a touching, heartfelt series of testimonies.
The number of bulldozers that got in a fight earlier this month on the streets of Hebei in Xingtang county. The match up? Two local construction firms who had some qualms regarding a client’s contract. What started out as a simple driving-bulldozers-into-each-other fight quickly escalated into several vehicles being overturned, and some civilian injuries, before police intervention stopped the bulldozers in their tracks. The heavy metal showdown was caught on video and immediately went viral. We’re not sure what the thought process was leading up to this duel, but it might have gone from “Let’s settle this like men!” to “Let’s settle this like children!”
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From Martial Arts to Medicine
The Kung Fu Stars of Xiguan Orthopedics by Jocelyn Richards
i Zhujiang strikes a pose, legs flexed in typical kung fu fashion, arms at the ready. A wounded man sits before him, eyes diverted away as if bracing for the first blow. To most onlookers, the scene resembles the final battle in martial arts saga Yip Man – not a doctor about to treat his patient. Propelling his strength forward using focused core and leg muscles, Li proceeds to massage the man’s broken limb, applying an orange ointment with steady pressure. The herbal medicine’s cooling menthol seeps into the skin, easing excess tension. So begins the first phase of Xiguan zhenggu, or Xiguan orthopedics – a medical procedure born over 300 years ago in Guangdong. Now a provincial intangible cultural heritage, the tradition has been passed down for generations, originating with some of the fiercest martial arts stars in the region. Legendary hero Wong Fei-hung of Foshan (or ‘Master Wong’ as he’s known among fans) studied traditional Chinese medicine at Po Chi Lam, a clinic in Guangzhou, in the late 1800s. The sole inspiration behind nearly 20 modern martial arts films and television series in China – including Jackie Chan’s Drunken Master – Wong was one of the first athletes of his kind to study Xiguan orthopedics. “Kung fu artists encountered this
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practice after they became injured,” explains Li, sitting in his part-office, partmuseum in Tanwei, Liwan District. “Most were already familiar with human anatomy after studying martial arts and possessed the necessary strength and agility to treat patients, so it made sense that they could transition into this basic medical practice.” Xiguan orthopedics is guided by
four central ideas: treatments must be ethical, natural, noninvasive and individualized. And as with all traditional Chinese medicine, healing methods should strive to restore balance in the body without relying on synthetic materials or excess support – Western medicine or complex operations, in other words, are out of the question. “There’s no such thing as ‘the best’
much easier. As we watch Li at work, coolly crafting the cast with smooth, rehearsed motions, it’s clear he’s been in the trade a while. “About 40 years,” he tells us, eyes bright. “But I stumbled upon the career by accident.” As a young boy, Li loved to listen to the stories of his best friend’s father, who told of wild escapades across China at a time when most couldn’t afford to travel. Every day, Li would wander over to his companion’s house to relive the adventures of He Zhulin – one of China’s most renowned Xiguan orthopedists and the founder of the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. Eventually, Li’s interest in story time turned into a shared passion for martial arts, which He Zhulin instructed him in daily. Before long, he was also learning the ins and outs of human skeletal anatomy and practicing basic orthopedics. “Usually [the art] was passed down from father to son, but I was an exception,” Li grins, clearly proud of his good luck. Today, two of He Zhulin’s sons have set up Xiguan orthopedics clinics abroad in California, where they primarily treat overseas Chinese. As for Li’s only daughter, she opted against continuing her father’s trade, but is studying medicine in Guangzhou, which pleases him greatly. In the past 40 years, Li has instructed no less than 50 students in Xiguan zhenggu and treated thousands of patients across the city, ensuring the tradition – unlike many fading cultural heritages in Guangdong – will continue for decades to come. treatment, only the most suitable,” explains Li, quoting previous masters. “The most suitable is ultimately the best.” Approaches may vary by injury or individual, but one aspect of Xiguan zhenggu remains the same: all practitioners use the bark of Chinese fir trees to create a brace for broken bones. Seeing our bewildered expression upon mention of the tree, Li quickly transitions into an explanation: “The bark of a Chinese fir tree is firm enough to keep the bone in place but is also breathable, which makes it more comfortable than a plaster cast… but the main reason is because it’s easier to cut than wood.” Li smiles and asks if we’d like a demonstration, as if that was ever in question. Using a pair of general scissors, he begins to snip away at a chunk of bark, shaping it into four neat strips. He lines each with white gauze, tying them tightly. After applying medicinal cream to the patient’s arm, Li positions the four strips of bark on the top, bottom, left and right of the broken extremity. More gauze is then wrapped around the exterior to secure the brace and hold each section together. Once set, the waterproof brace is usually worn for six to eight weeks, after which a bone will have healed well enough to support light use. Li jokes that some calculate healing time by age – one day of rest for every year of life. In that case, a 10-yearold could recover in as few as 10 days, and an 80-year-old in 11 weeks. The recovery timeline is similar to Western standards, but one key difference is that a patient is still allowed – and physically able – to use his or her injured arm during the remedial period. Whereas a restrictive plaster cast in the West usually extends to include one’s entire palm, the Xiguan zhenggu method frees one’s hand and fingers, making tasks like typing or writing
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cit y | man on the street
Band of the Blind The Regular Rockers of Dongshankou by Tristin Zhang
raditional Cantonese folk music is a drop in the bucket compared to China’s vast musical repertoire. Yet the genre has entertained locals in the south for generations, especially following its popularization in the late 1920s. Employing a hodgepodge of string instruments like the gaohu (high-pitched erhu), yueqin (a two-stringed instrument resembling a lyre), bamboo flute and sanxian (‘three-stringed instrument’), Cantonese folk used to accompany Yueju, or Cantonese opera, on stage before it earned recognition as its own musical category. Today, the art form finds adoration among older residents in Guangdong. Every weekend, a group of seniors – most of whom are blind – come together in the quaint quarters of Dongshankou to carry on the musical legacy. Strolling down from the metro station towards the stately brick mansions of old Dongshan, one can hear the music trilling lightly on the wind. A plastic bucket is placed on a stool before the band, where passersby offer up occasional alms. “Cantonese folk music will die with our generation,” bemoans Zhu Zhang’e, the spokesperson for the crew. Zhu, who has been visually impaired since age 13, founded the band together with her husband back in 1993. 1 4 | m a y 2 0 1 6 | SZ | w w w . t h a t s m a g s . c o m
“We are good friends who share a common interest,” she explains. “We do this to entertain ourselves and make a little extra money, because we receive little support from the government.” Zhu, who has a son and daughter to care for, is allotted RMB500 per year from public funds. On the day we visit, a younger, enthusiastic musician sits among the band, cooperating surprisingly well with the more senior members. According to Zhu, the boy’s grandmother and aunt, who plays professionally, introduced him to Cantonese songs early on. “His brain was injured by a serious fever years ago,” Zhu continues. “But these melodies remain etched in his mind.” Zhu goes on to tell us most of the members in the band were born blind and learned how to sing and play Cantonese folk music in special education classes. As the sun approaches its zenith, we find a seat nearby, listening to the group take turns singing. A passing woman spots the band and drops a 10-kuai bill into the bucket, smiling shyly when the boy spouts out a loud ‘thank you’ in his native tongue. Zhu says she and her friends used to play in multiple locations, such as Donghu Park and Haizhu Square. But as members passed away, Zhu, a resident of old Dongshan
District (now part of Yuexiu), and her band mates decided to perform close by, making Dongshankou their only stage. Every Saturday morning around 9am, the spirited group assembles to play for three hours, breaking for lunch around noon. After a leisurely meal, they reconvene and jam for another two hours before calling it a day. The afternoon unwinds with each passing song, and we notice a middle-aged couple sitting beside a nearby tree, lost in a vivid conversation on Canton’s greatest musicians. A few paces away, scores of elderly onlookers mull over a thrilling chess game. Though Cantonese folk music may one day fade completely from people’s lives, it continues to bring joy to this special group, drowning out the adversities of life to usher in peace of mind.
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I Want to Suck Your Blood This month, I’ve chosen a slightly freak-show topic for your reading pleasure: therapeutic bloodletting in Chinese medicine. Warning! If you are squeamish about blood, then maybe you should look away. The use of bleeding as a medical treatment predates acupuncture, making it much older than dirt. Back then medical thought was still heavily influenced by superstition and belief in evil spirits, so bloodletting was likely used to treat disease by expelling evil spirits from the body. Acupuncture, along with herbal medicine, took over as the main medical intervention about 2,200 years ago, and bleeding of patients became less common. Despite its decline in popularity, modern acupuncturists – myself included – still use some bleeding techniques. In modern practice, bloodletting has two therapeutic uses: it clears excess heat from the blood and breaks up blood stagnation. Heat in the blood can cause a wide variety of health problems, but red skin rashes like eczema and fever with sore throat are the main ones I have found bleeding to be effective in treating.
Blood stagnation causes pain in a fixed location that is sharp in nature and often accompanied by palpable lumps or bumps in the tissue. Bleeding can help relieve the pressure and reduce pain. Painful ‘knots’ in muscles fit into this category as do some types of lower back and joint pain and sprain injuries. I don’t bleed all of these cases, but sometimes it is warranted. In treating blood stagnation, I’ve had good results from bleeding sprained ankles and severe lower back pain. The mention of bloodletting often con-
The Supplement Boost You’ve probably heard that supplements can be beneficial to working out – I use them myself and recommend them to my clients – but with thousands of options out there, which ones do you choose? It’s important to remember supplementation is not a miracle fix; it is merely an assistant to healthy living. The following three products can be incorporated into your health regimen of regular exercise and a clean, balanced diet. 1. Multivitamins In today’s world, pollution – especially here in China – is worse than ever; our jobs are more stressful and produce (even organic) is of lower quality, as fruits and vegetables are grown in soils that aren’t as rich in nutrients as they once were. A multivitamin can act as a safety net to pick up the slack when our bodies haven’t absorbed enough micro- and macronutrients. 2. Fish Oil Healthy fats are crucial to our bodies 1 6 | m a y 2 0 1 6 | SZ | w w w . t h a t s m a g s . c o m
and fish oil provides much-needed omega-3 fatty acids. Essential fats protect vital organs and help to maintain an adequate body temperature. They also help with delivery and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. Oily fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which enhance the regulation of our food intake, help control hunger and promote a healthy body weight. 3. Protein Powder Since protein can’t be stored in the body like carbohydrates, it is optimal to take in regular amounts throughout the day.
jures up gruesome, horror-film-type imagery. The reality is actually quite clinical. In Chinese medicine there are three methods. The first is to use a lancet to prick the skin and then squeeze to encourage five to 10 drops of blood to come out. The second is to prick the skin as above and then use cupping over the puncture to draw out 10 to 50 milliliters of blood by suction. The final method is to use a syringe to draw blood directly from a vein. I use methods one and two in my clinic. When done properly, bleeding is neither painful nor dangerous. The bleeding process itself is only as uncomfortable as a skin prick, and adding cupping can feel weird but is not painful. The only common side effect from bleeding is bruising, making it quite safe. Bleeding is one of those treatments that I was skeptical of during my training, but that I have found to be useful in my practice. I do, however, reserve it for a few specific conditions that I have seen it work well for. This means that I use bleeding on less than 1 percent of my patients. For those people it often produces an obvious improvement in their condition. > 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Consuming high-quality protein every time you eat or between meals, however, is challenging. That’s where protein powders come in. Protein helps to ‘fire up’ the metabolism, keeps you satiated, and preserves and repairs lean body mass. Don’t be scared by the false fact that protein makes you gain weight. This is absolutely not true! There is a substantial amount of evidence showing the benefits of whey protein for exercise recovery, weight management and immune function. My go-to is whey protein, but casein, hemp, rice, pea and egg white are all great dietary sources. I recommend keeping these three supplements on hand and making them part of your daily intake. Be careful when buying online; fakes are rampant and can creep into your cupboard if you’re not diligent. Do your research and as always, be very picky about what you put in your body!
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Fenghuang Shan Forest Park Shenzhen is a city’s city. With its tall skyscrapers and the never-ending rush, late dinners, working weekends and the pellmell pace at which the city is expanding, many have accused it of being too urban. The young metropolis has also been blamed for lacking its own history or culture and, effectively, no meaningful place to visit when your family flies in for a long weekend. Well, it’s time for a rebuttal. China’s Silicon Valley is proud to present Fenghuang Shan, or Mount Phoenix – a breathtaking scenic spot and the home of timeworn relics. Though notorious for its brief resume as a major urban center, Shenzhen’s natural landscape has, obviously, been around for millennia. Making one’s way up the grand staircases of Fenghuang Shan, an ancient shrine creeps into view. Known as Fengyan Temple, the rustic architectural feat dates back nearly 1,000 years to the early Yuan dynasty.
According to locals residing at the foot of the mountain, visitors still journey to the site to make wishes, as legend has it that hundreds of years ago, Fenghuang Shan was home to a majestic phoenix. At the end of the Song dynasty, a man named Wen Yinglin erected a tower on the mountain after fleeing the fierce wars between Han and Mongol China. Standing hundreds of meters above sea level, Wen was able to observe neighboring villages, which he promised to protect from the throes of battle. One day, Wen had a dream in which a goddess came to him and told him to build a temple on the mountain – a temple worthy of a phoenix. And so he did. The sanctuary was rebuilt in 1983 and is now a sight to behold, with a fair share of rumors and excited whispers amassing at its base. No phoenix sightings have yet been reported, but judging by the number of visitors on the weekends, there are still plenty who believe. At 678 meters, Fenghuang Shan won’t take you too much time to conquer. Unlike most peaks in China, ascending to the summit is less about burning calories and more about relishing picnics at sunset or wandering in forests of ancient legend. Others venture to the mountain to snap photos of the interesting rock formations adorning either side of the path. Lions and lotuses are among
the sculpted stones that fill Instagram accounts after a sunny afternoon stroll. Fenghuang Shan is not as easy to get to as Nanshan Mountain and lacks the overall prestige of Wutong. Yet there’s something almost mystical about the way its wild grasses ripple effortlessly in the wind at daybreak, like the mighty wings of a phoenix fluttering in flight. ZY
How to get there
The mountain is quite far away from the city center – past Shenzhen Bao’an Airport. If you’re heading there by public transportation, take bus 650, 782, M335 or B711. The total journey takes around two hours.
> 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.
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Chinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clean-Eating Industry Is Big Business, but Is It Healthy? by Marianna Cerini
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t 9am on a rainy Wednesday in Shanghai, a delivery guy carrying a small bag squeezes past white-collar workers in a crammed elevator of a Xintiandi office building and emerges into the lobby of a local ad agency. In the bag is a cleanse set – six bottles of cold-pressed juices to be sipped as food substitutes for a day. They are for Guo Ling, a 24-year-old ad executive who has been “really getting into cleanses recently.” “I do it with colleagues sometimes, as it’s easier that way,” she says. “But we like different combinations and so order from different places. There are a lot of options to choose from.” She’s right: China’s first- and secondtier cities have seen juice-cleanse companies sprouting up at head-spinning rates over the last few years. And it doesn’t stop at cold-pressed kale and almond milk with chia seeds. In Shanghai alone, a quick online search shows hundreds of ‘wellbeing’ ventures offering anything from healthy meals delivered to your door to juices, infusions, coconut water and sugar-free cookies. “It’s a booming industry, and it has all happened in the span of three years,” says Tian Tian Mayimin, co-founder and CEO of V Cleanse, one of China’s first cleanse companies. “We were among the first to start delivering cold-pressed juices. Now, it’s as competitive as the American market, if not more.” Ostentatiously ascetic good health has been a major fashion trend in the West for quite some time (in 2012, market research firm Euromonitor International dubbed the wellness sector “the next trillion-dollar industry”). But China is following fast – and moving ahead of the pack. According to a survey published by Boston Group Consulting in 2014, the country is currently the world’s most health-conscious market. Spending on health and wellness has grown exponentially over the last decade, and is expected to reach nearly USD70 billion a year by 2020. Juicing, detoxing and cleansing have all entered Chinese society as expressions of healthy living; natural – and quick – remedies for a virtuous life in a
China’s juice industry is as competitive as the American market, if not more
country where food scandals and poor safety standards are still too often the norm. Organic food has undergone a similar assimilation too. In Beijing and Shanghai, a rising number of food ventures – from cafes like Hunter Gatherer in Shanghai to fine dining restaurants like Beijing’s Okra 1949 – have made ‘locally sourced’ the core philosophy of their businesses. Doing so taps into the notion that the best way is the natural way – an ideal shared by 57 percent of Chinese consumers, according to market research company Mintel. But healthy eating (or drinking) has also become a status symbol. It’s a nod to celebrity culture – Angelababy does it – but also a new mode of conspicuous consumption, particularly among its main fans: women born in the 80s and 90s. Shelling out thousands of kuai on nicely packaged, hip-looking cleansing sets says ‘I am sophisticated and care about my image.’ It’s an aspirational lifestyle that is ultimately tied to the pursuit of slimness (though you don’t even have to admit you’re trying to lose weight). “I love the way juicing makes me feel,” says Guo Ling. “I’ve been doing it for the last couple of months – on and off, of course – and it’s just amazing. My skin is better, I feel more energized. I’ve lost a few pounds, which was on my to-do list for 2016. Yes, I do get pangs of hunger around dinner time, but I’ve been told it’s only a matter of time before I get used to it.” Guo decided to jump on the cleansing bandwagon after a period of poor health. “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired,” she laughs, “and I saw this post on WeChat about cold-pressed juices and their restorative effects. So I made an order for a five-day cleanse. Now I am hooked.” For Ivy Tsui, a 27-year-old fitness fanatic who I meet at a local gym, juicing is a matter of convenience. “I am pretty busy and often don’t have time to sit down and eat a salad,” she says. “Juices are the perfect substitute, and stop me from eating crap food. They have all the nutrients you need packed in one single bottle. How good is that?” [Disclaimer: cold-pressed juices do not have all the
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nutrients we need. Our bodies need carbohydrates, protein and fat on top of vitamins to function properly.] At a networking event where everyone else is eating canapes and drinking champagne, I spot another woman sipping a green concoction. She admits that she is on a cleanse to shed some weight. “My mum never hesitates to tell me I look a little chubby, and I got tired of it,” she says. “I have done other diets in the past, but this feels kind of healthier, and I don’t feel as bad about eating some fatty stuff at the weekend after I have been on green juices for the entire week.” Fleetingly, she casts a wishful look at the canapes. “I have been ordering the sets for the last 10 days. I eat a light breakfast then drink them for lunch and dinner... It’s not easy to attend a social event, but I really want to drop a size.” Mayimin says many Chinese people – millennials above all – are taking their health into their own hands. “They want high-quality products to ‘cure’ their ailments and power them through their day, while feeling good about it. Juice cleanses cover all of that.” Love it or loathe it, it looks like the market agrees with her. Since launching in 2013, V Cleanse went from catering to expats to a clientele that’s 90 percent Chinese. The range has also expanded to include warm cleanses – hot infusions and soups specifically designed for Chinese customers’ preference for warm drinks. And in an effort to spread awareness about healthy eating, it started holding lifestyle and food workshops that “are always incredibly popular,” Mayimin says. But better health isn’t the only side of this lifestyle trend. While the modern-
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Being obsessive about healthy eating isn’t actually all that healthy
day concoctions promise greater energy, balanced nutrition, glowing skin, a clearer mind and a detoxified gut (and with names like ‘Fuel,’ ‘Clean,’ ‘Recharge’ and ‘Renovation,’ why wouldn’t you believe them?), not all of these claims can be scientifically linked to juicing – although nutritionists do not deny that fresh juice can help deliver the vegetables and fruits that many of us seem unable to find time to eat. One thing that will almost certainly happen to juicers is that they will lose weight (even if many deny that this is their motivation). And that’s what attracts a lot of women – Chinese or not. With an extremely low number of calories and trumped-up health benefits, cleanses unlock the possibility of a better life through a ‘better’ body – an idea that veers dangerously close to a fixation on thinness that affects so many women. It’s not only busy professionals who are lured by these quick fixes for slenderness. Totox is a company selling detoxifying sets of herbal teas that come in bright pink envelopes and plastic bottles reading ‘Better than Botox’ (the company’s tagline). The company claims that its infusions help people lose weight, burn fat and reduce their appetite, among other benefits. A visit to its website shows images of flat stomachs, girls on treadmills and Photoshop-enhanced bikini bodies. And who are Totox’s target customers? “Sixteen-year-olds and up,” according to co-founder Wu Jueling, who launched last year with Angelababy as an investor. It already has a customer base of 2 million users, mainly in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou. “Young girls love the concept,” says Wu.
In our image-obsessed era, it is a disturbing strategy. Perhaps more so in a country like China, where memes like the ‘A4 Waist’ (calling for women to pose with A4 pieces of paper to demonstrate how thin they are) and the ’iPhone 6 Knees’ (which sees women cover their knees with their phones to prove how skinny their legs are) have gone viral online. “Eating disorders are on the rise in China,” says psychology counsellor at East China Normal University, Wang Yujing. “So it’s important to address trends focused on the perception of the body with care.” There is no denying that what and how we eat is important. And the rise of healthy-living options like cleansing is proof that middle-class Chinese consumers are increasingly aware of that. But the promise of thinness that comes along with juicing, and the misconception that it can be a permanent replacement for solid food, are worrisome. “The market certainly still has a lot to learn when it comes to clean eating,” says V Cleanse’s Mayimin. “Juicing isn’t a way of dieting, but rather a way to complement and support a wholesome lifestyle. After all, being obsessive about healthy eating isn’t actually all that healthy.”
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Fedoras, Stripes and Capri Pants w o r d s by M a r i a n n a C e r i n i
It’s almost summer, y’all, which means outdoor boozing, weekend picnics, al fresco dining and bike-riding (but mostly boozing, let's be real). When you’re not working or pretending to, that is. Yay! Want to dress up to chill out? We’ve got you sorted. Forget flimsy flip-flops and oh-so-2013 tropical shirts. Here’s how to show real swag with a beer in one hand and a Campari spritz in the other.
05 FOR HIM 01 Super RMB1650 shop.projectaegis.com
02 Asos RMB65.22 www.asos.com 03 Teva Originals RMB380.43 www.asos.com
04 H&M RMB99 www.hm.com 05 Zara Men RMB199 www.zara.cn 06 H&M RMB149 www.hm.com
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Brixton RMB652.16 www.asos.com
Zara RMB399 www.zara.cn
H&M RMB49 www.hm.com
Topshop RMB221 www.topshop.com
Zara RMB239 www.zara.cn
Pull&Bear RMB199 www.pullandbear.com
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Secrets of Saigon
Traveling in a Land of Hospitality By Zach Cook
t’s hard to believe that just 40 years ago the most comprehensive bombing campaign in world history concluded in what is now an idyllic and all-around charming country. After failing in its attempt to prevent the spread of communism in Vietnam, the United States withdrew from Saigon (since renamed Ho Chi Minh City), but not before devastating the region. Yet miraculously, after the US withdrawal, Vietnam did not become a communist dystopia, nor did any “dominos fall,” spreading communism throughout Asia, as so many Cold Warriors of the day had predicted. On the contrary, today the country is one of the finest places to visit. Ho Chi Minh itself is an excellent city to frequent or even live in for those seeking a well-rounded environment that has both opportunities and an excellent quality of life. There are numerous sites and affordable accommodations for travelers, while expats can pursue exciting prospects in the financial capital of a country growing in both economic and geopolitical significance in the Asia Pacific. That’s not to mention the delectable yet cheap food or the warm yet vivacious people, which of course everyone can appreciate.
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This is perhaps what’s most impressive about the city – it is chock-full of characters. The people I encountered had very unique and animated personalities and opinions. They weren’t at all predictable
A combination of cucumber, daikon, carrot pickles, spicy chilies and cilantro sprigs gives it the perfect texture – another hallmark of Vietnamese cuisine. To top it all off, as a leading coffee exporter, Vietnam is home to some of the finest java. The specialty is a rich iced coffee with condensed milk, the taste of which can ignite pleasure sensors throughout the body – it’s that good. If the local food and delectable brews impress, however, it’s the gracious, jovial people who serve them that make the trip extraordinary. Be it a meal or massage, a tremendous amount of care and technique goes into the meticulous craft of attending to others. Exemplary service aside, there is simply an ineffable warmth about the Vietnamese people that makes visits so very pleasant.
Food Vietnamese cuisine is famously fresh. As in Thailand, even the cheapest food stalls can provide taste explosions using fastidious combinations of spices, all while maintaining a healthy freshness free of excess oil and MSG. Though many dishes contain seafood (most notably fish sauce), vegetarians can easily manage by simply saying chay to the server, which means vegetarian. Vietnam may be known for light bites like spring rolls, but there is arguably no better place in Southeast Asia for meat either. Walking the streets of Ho Chi Minh, one can find big juicy pork chops grilled on the side of the road with a host of rice and vegetables for only USD3. This is perhaps the best deal one can find anywhere… period. What makes Vietnamese truly special is its fusion with French. The incorporation of the baguette into the local diet, for example, is one of the more positive vestiges of European colonialism. Any Westerner looking for a taste of home while still getting an Asian experience should go for the banh mi dac biet, a mouth-watering sandwich that appears French on the outside but is all Vietnamese on the inside. The roll cradles myriad meats, like grilled pork, roast chicken and sausage.
It’s remarkable that locals are so genial, especially toward Americans, considering the recent past. Even beyond Ho Chi Minh, in places far up in the hills like Da Lat (where considerable fighting took place), people are no less affable. To appreciate the extent of this magnanimity in context, plan an afternoon to tour the War Remnants Museum. While many will have heard various statistics regarding the conflict or seen the occasional macabre photo before visiting, it can still be difficult to fathom the gravity of it all once inside. The bombardment of images of napalm victims and stories of massacres is enough to make the spine tingle; but perhaps most chilling is the Agent Orange room. There, a painted chamber is dedicated to the many victims of physical deformities due to exposure to the chemical poison that was sprayed over 10 percent of South Vietnam. Apart from the glaring reminders of war crimes, there is also plenty of military hardware on display for the weapons enthusiast. But the real history aficionados should visit the Cu Chi tunnels. This crowning achievement in guerrilla warfare helped an army of peasants fend off the most powerful military
machine in the world. The Viet Cong used the enormous labyrinth for combat, supply and communication lines, food and weapons caches, and even living quarters. Visitors are allowed to meander through a tunnel that has been refurbished to accommodate heftier Western bodies, but even this enlarged version is taxing on the legs and will leave you sore. There are also displays of innovative traps, which, unlike the tunnel, are probably not worth a test. Thankfully, those darker times lie in the past. During my stay in Vietnam, I only encountered one instance of anti-Americanism, and not because of ingrained resentment. A lugubrious cab driver expressed to me his contempt for those hailing from the US, so I apologized and asked if it was because of the war. “No. It’s because a rich 60-year-old American stole my girlfriend, just like they always do!” he exclaimed. Ho Chi Minh is chock-full of characters like my cabbie. The people have very unique and animated personalities and opinions; they aren’t at all predictable, which is refreshing. For this same reason, the city is terrific for nightlife. It’s almost always happy hour on Bui Vien Street, and you can find everything you need there. Yet perhaps the most enjoyable excursion is a simple walk around the city, beyond the bustling tourist area surrounding Bui Vien. Crossing the street with a constant fleet of scooters coming at you can be unnerving at first, but just keep moving slowly and they’ll go around – just as they swarm around a bus, like a school of fish around a whale, when it comes barreling down a road using only the horn, not brakes. Regardless of where your wanderlust takes you in Vietnam, you’re sure to come across ubiquitous French colonial architecture, exotic trees, delicious food and hospitable people all along the way.
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Coming to a theater near you
Captain America: Civil War
What’s New Often referred to as Shanghai’s son of techno, MHP finally releases his first album available in China. Folding Traces is full of futuristic flourishes, mixing warm noirish characteristics and surprising acoustic moments, including a guest performance from former Gorillaz collaborator and guzheng master Wang Meng. A summer national tour is being planned and the disc is available at site.douban.com/dforcerecords. On their seventh disc, Los Angeles transplants Alpine Decline have crafted a love/hate letter to their adopted Beijing home. Life’s a Gasp replaces the group’s previous obsession with disintegrating tape delay with modular synthesis experiments. P.K. 14 frontman Yang Haisong joins the duo as bassist, with an upcoming national tour planned. Available on May 1 at downloads.maybemars.org.
There’s trouble in the Marvelverse when a government act regulating superhuman activity splits the Avengers into two camps. Leading the force of opposition is Captain America (Chris Evans), while Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) spearheads the faction in support. As superheroes like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Ant Man (Paul Rudd) and others choose sides, the mysterious Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) rises to threaten the world. With so much star power (Oscar winners Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow will also appear) and so many possibilities for fights between the good guys, Captain America promises to be a cinematic spectacle.
From its visual look to its subject matter, Mr. Robot is unlike any other show today. Arguably the best American TV show of 2015, it follows Rami Malek as a troubled hacker out to take down a giant corporation. Originally conceived as a movie, the Sam Esmail creation has won wide praise for its unpredictable twists. Streamable at tv.youku.com. hao bu hao
Chen Wenxuan is the latest Chinese author to capture an international prize. The popular children’s literature writer won the coveted Hans Christian Andersen Award for his acclaimed book, Bronze and Sunflower. Set during the Cultural Revolution, it tells the story of a shy village boy and a city girl who live through harsh times by relying on each other.
When a shadowy international conspiracy threatens the world, the CIA drastically turns to a convict on death row to help save the day. Kevin Costner stars as the ex-con who is implanted with the memories of a dead CIA agent who was on the case. In just three days, Costner must unravel the plot while showing off his newly acquired super spy skills. And with bad guys lurking around every corner, he must accomplish the mission without being lured into their trap. The star-studded cast also includes Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman and Ryan Reynolds. 2 6 | m a y 2 0 1 6 | SZ | w w w . t h a t s m a g s . c o m
Despite scoring a coveted same-day international release, Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice was unable to revive its flagging fortunes in China. While the film debuted strongly, earning USD55.6 million on its opening weekend, it has struggled to top the USD100 million mark. The blockbuster is also outstripped by the mainland haul of Zootopia (USD233.37) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (USD240.1 million).
Three to See
Extraordinary Love and Romance by Shen Zhoulai Art Exhibition > daily mar 25-Jun 13, 11am-10pm; free entry. inout, b109-110, sea world, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳市南山区海上世界广场 b109-110里外 (07558221 1288)
Boundless Material Face of God – The Rare Masks of Central Africa > tue-sun until Jul 24, 9am-5pm; rmb15. 3/f, guangdong museum, 2 zhujiang dong lu, zhujiang xincheng, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城珠江东路2号广东 省博物馆3楼 (020-3804 6886)
> tue-sun until may 16, 10am10pm; 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)
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ARTS | f e a t u r e
Shenzhen’s Quest for Artistic Identity by Bronwen Shelwell
n 2008, Shenzhen was named a world City of Design by UNESCO. It has since gone on to promote itself as the epicenter of maker culture within China. Though previously known as a migrant city focused on factories and finance, Shenzhen’s local government is working hard to change that perspective by promoting collaborative exchanges with international arts centers in the region. But is it working? Since Deng Xiaoping christened the city as the first special economic zone in 1980, it has grown and expanded into a first class modern mega-city. And as one of a new breed of adolescent cities in China, it is reinventing and rebuilding itself at an incredible rate.
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The young nature of Shenzhen poses an interesting conundrum: on the one hand, the city is new and open to creating a voice for itself, but on the other hand it can only do so within designated artistic areas, lofts and ‘hubs’ as allocated by the urban planning committee. In the scramble to quickly fill this cultural void, most of the art exhibitions in Shenzhen are international and well respected, but have no connection to the people or city itself. The main arts district in Shenzhen is centered on the OCAT Arts Terminal – a collection of renovated factories nestled between the He Xiangning Art Museum and the OCT Art and Design Gallery. Here was applied the tried and tested contemporary model of transforming abandoned factories into chic urban centers, peppered with brand name boutiques and coffee shops. The spaces for art exhibitions are vast and impressive, but only host internationally acclaimed headliner artists. A few designer stores organize a market for local artists on the first Saturday of each month, but that’s the extent of support to cultivate the local art scene in Shenzhen. “If artists need space for an exhibition, they have to contact the owners
[of OCT] themselves,” explains Monka Jiang, who displays her artwork regularly at the market and cafes. “As far as I know, though, most of them don’t have a chance.” Part of the problem stems from the OCT property magnates, who prefer to bring in high-end art exhibitions to add necessary value to the surrounding apartments. Official OCT Art exhibitions, therefore, although varied and well executed, tend to lack any relation to Shenzhen or its artists. He Xiangning Art Museum, for its part, does host an annual Cross-Straits exhibition between Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao and the mainland. And while these shows are reserved for renowned, established artists, they do create an important dialogue between cities, providing insight into the changes artists are seeing in different regions. Similar trends permeate the artistic oases that have sprung up around the Shekou area, owned by the China Merchants property group, which plans to open one of the largest art spaces in Shenzhen – the Shekou Design Museum. Dutch director Ole Bouman will head the project, which is still under construction, in collaboration with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Their hope is to archive and document Shenzhen’s artistic evolution and design history, paying homage to the identity of the city itself. When it comes to fostering a local art scene, however, bigger may not always be better. Some of
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the smaller privately owned and run art project spaces in Shenzhen succeed by engaging with the public, documenting their experiences in this ever-changing city. According to Kenna Xu, director of e Museum of Contemporary Art, Shenzhen does not have the same artistic depth and talent as other large cities in China, such as Beijing and Shanghai. “Traveling between the major Chinese cities and internationally, I felt that Shenzhen lacked privately owned, not-for-profit art spaces and truly engaging art events and workshops,” she says. “I met a few like-minded individuals and we decided to start this museum to display collections, support contemporary artists, and educate those that are interested in learning more about contemporary art in China, and internationally.” The museum opened last year and is working on starting up a young collectors group in Shenzhen to build up a culture of appreciating, understanding and supporting the arts. On the other end of this spectrum is Handshake 302, one of the more interesting art projects in the city, based out of a small apartment in Baishizhou. Although the space is snug, it has hosted numerous residencies and is fully privately funded. The organization reaches out to the local Shenzhen community and public schools with the focus on documenting the lifestyle and experiences of residents in urban villages, and how this effects social and community development. Handshake 302 – founded and run by a core group of collaborators, including American Mary Ann O'Donnell of Shenzhennoted.com, who has been documenting urban change in Shenzhen for over 10 years – has played a pivotal role in finding ways for artists and youth to express the realities of living in such a rapidly expanding city. “Successful art takes an entire community to create; one or two people is not enough.” says O’Donnell. “What’s more, [art] circles and audiences have to be different from each other. Young people need to see a diversity of genres and styles and failures and successes.” In an attempt to make art more accessible to the greater public, some organizations in Shenzhen walk the line between government -funded, property-owned and public art. The Shenzhen Public Art Center, for example, is involved with the Hong Kong/ Shenzhen architectural biennale in Shekou 3 0 | m a y 2 0 1 6 | SZ | w w w . t h a t s m a g s . c o m
and is seeking ways to spread new art and design ideas throughout the metro system. They have also created an annual public sculpture exhibition in Futian, where attendees are encouraged to interact with the sculptures, vote on which pieces they would like to see displayed permanently, and document how art can interact with and improve the lives of residents. The New Who Art Village is also privately owned and is a massive project aimed at renovating a small Hakka village on the outskirts of Shenzhen into an artist’s neighborhood, complete with a small gallery at the entrance to the village, which hosts around six to eight exhibitions a year. Artist and curator Ting Wang says it’s undeniable that well-known artists will bring more attention and influence to the city. However, good art ecology should allow coexistence. “Luckily for us, we can make the space we need for ourselves,” says Wang. The art village is located past the end
of the Longhua Metro Line and is difficult to access – a problem she acknowledges – but adds there is no space allocated for artists in the city itself, so they have to develop on the fringes of Shenzhen. One of the reasons Shenzhen may still be struggling to find its own artistic identity is that many residents come from other regions and still don’t regard the city as home. But as more people consider Shenzhen as a place to settle down, new permanent residents are creating a fresh city culture. The art scene is not far behind, but there is still a need for artist-run, nonprofit art platforms and spaces for local, emerging artists to explore these new concepts and challenges. “Not even 10 years ago, the metro was highly undeveloped; people were isolated to specific areas and most had no interest in art in Shenzhen,” says local art journalist Cao Zhen. “But I have seen an upsurge in events, lectures and seminars, with more access to the public than ever before.” As a ‘curated city,’ there is not a lot of freedom in starting up art platforms outside of the demarcated ‘art areas,’ but with the influence of projects such as Handshake 302 and big plans from major international stakeholders, hopefully we will see more of such startups in the future.
OCT Contemporary Art Terminal (OCAT)
Renovated factory building showcasing local and international exhibitions.
> bldg. f2, enping rd, overseas chinese town, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳市 南山区华侨城恩平街f2栋oct当代艺术中心 (0755-2691 5007)
Shenzhen Art Museum
Traditional exhibitions of Chinese art and artifacts.
> 32 aiguo lu, donghu yi Jie, luohu district, shenzhen 深圳市罗湖区东湖一街爱 国路32号 (0755-2542 6069)
OCT Art Gallery Contemporary Chinese and international art exhibitions.
> 9009 shennan dadao, overseas chinese town, nanshan district, shenzhen 深 圳市南山区华侨城深南大道9009号 (0755-3399 3111/3399 3222, oct-and.com)
He Xiangning Art Museum
Collaborates with Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao on artistic exchanges. > overseas chinese town, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳市南山区华侨城 (0755-2660 4540/2691 8118, hxnart.com)
Handshake 302 An efficiency apartment and art space dedicated to exploring Baishizhou through residencies, exhibitions and public discussions. > rm 302, bldg 49, shangbaishi, baishizhou, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳市南山区白石洲上 百石村49栋302房
e Museum of Contemporary Art A non-profit art museum showcasing contemporary works of art. > art first floor, creative free trade zone building, binlang dao, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区槟榔道创意保税园一层 e当代美术馆 (0755-8277 7907)
Shenzhen Community Art Center Collaborated with the architecture biennale and hosts the annual sculpture park exhibitions. > 95 yan'an lu, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区延安路95号
F518 Idea Land Renovated factory spaces redeveloped for design and technology centers. > f518 idea land, baoyuan lu, bao’an district, shenzhen 深圳市宝安区宝源路 (0755-2951 8518)
Shenzhen Museum Close to the Science Museum and Lichi Park; documents the development of Shenzhen and other Chinese classics. > 6 tongxin lu, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区 同心路6号(0755-8201 3036, www.shenzhenmuseum. com.cn)
Guan Shanyue Art Gallery Documents and exhibits traditional Chinese art and artifacts, with occasional contemporary group exhibitions. > 6026 hongli lu, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区红荔路6026号 (8306 3086)
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a r t s | Fe at ure
Since its inception, the Festival Croisements has been the heart of French presence in China – a spectacular fete of creativity and cultural exchange. Now celebrating its 11th year on the mainland, the two-month series returns this spring with an emphasis on Franco-Chinese artistic collaborations in the visual arts, film, music, dance and literature. Below, we’ve selected the highlights of this year’s festival that will tour within the PRD.
A Blossoming Exchange
The 11th Festival Croisements Returns this Spring BY Jocelyn Richards
Thierry Maillard Concert
Rémi Panossian Concert
A real maestro of jazz, Maillard studied piano and accordion at the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris before moving to New York City at age 17 to compose his own works. This May, Maillard returns for a reunion tour with long-time partner Dominique Di Piazza on the bass and Yoann Schmidt of Blues & Beyond Quartet on the drums.
At the early age of 10, Panossian attended his first Michel Petrucciani concert and became hooked on jazz, later dedicating his entire career to the musical genre. Now with four records under his belt, this young pianist has paired his passion with experience, giving way to a distinct composure on stage that radiates energy and confidence.
> wed may 4, 8.30pm; rmb80. y:union, 8/f, happy Valley mall, 36 machang lu, zhujiang xincheng, tianhe district, guangzhou 广 州市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 (020-3659 7623); thu may 5, 8.30pm; rmb80. b10 live, bldg. c2, north district, oct loft, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳 市南山区华侨城创意文化园北区c2栋b10现场 (0755-8633 7602)
Music Day 2016 Festival Coinciding with Fete de la Musique, this one-day music festival in Shunde will feature a number of artists, including up-andcoming band Last Train and Nach (French singer Anna Chedid). Admired for her chanson, or lyric-driven compositions, Nach charms with a smooth, sensual style and vibrant character. > sat-sun June 18-19, 3.30-10.30pm; free entry. shunfengshan park, shunde district, foshan 佛山市顺德区顺峰山公 园 (www.faguowenhua.com)
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> fri may 20, 8pm. shenzhen grand theatre, 5018, shennan dong lu, luohu district, shenzhen 深圳市罗湖区深南东路5018号深圳大 剧院 (0755-2590 6000)
The Girl, the Devil and the Windmill Musical In this thrilling production, Olivier Ply finds inspiration from the folk tales of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The musical tells the story of a father who accidently sacrifices his daughter when making a deal with the devil, and explores questions of death, love, memory and the fragility of family bonds. > fri-sat may 20-21, 8pm/3pm; rmb80-280. experimental theatre, guangzhou opera house, 1 zhujiang xi lu, zhujiang xincheng, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城珠江西路1号广 州大剧院实验剧场 (020-3839 2888)
Father and Son Exhibition As one of the most anticipated events in the festival, Father and Son is a photography exhibition by Grégoire Korganow that captures close, skin-to-skin contact of fathers and sons around the world, questioning the bond that links them. Gazing at the photos, viewers may rediscover the true meaning of the relationship. > all week may 8-31, 10am-6pm; free entry. zinitang loft, 7 zini xi’an lu, shawanzhen, panyu district, guangzhou 广州市番禺区沙湾 镇紫坭西安路7号紫泥堂创意园艺术空间 (159 1580 1147, www.faguowenhua.com)
Benoît Peeters Reading
Wifredo Lam Exhibition
In addition to a firm and thin stroke, drawing comic books requires inspiration and reflection. This year’s festival invites revered comic writer, novelist and critic Benoît Peeters to visit the Library Borges in Guangzhou, where he will share his works and engage with the audience.
A Cuban painter that fused Western modernism with African and Caribbean symbols, Lam was a frequent face within the avant-garde movements of his time. Over a hundred etched works will be presented in this unique exhibition, which typifies Lam’s sensitive, free and fluid artistic style.
> wed June 15, 7.30pm; free entry. guangzhou la librairie borges, 3/f, 7 changxing Jie, beijing lu, yuexiu district, guangzhou 广州市 越秀区北京路长兴街7号博尔赫斯书店 (020-8910 0086)
> tue-sun June 28-aug 7, 9am-5pm; free entry. guangdong museum of art, 38 yanyu lu, ersha island, yuexiu district, guangzhou 广州市越秀区二沙岛烟雨路38号广东美术馆 (0208735 1468)
13th Panorama of French Cinema Film Series Co-organized by UniFrance and the French Embassy in China, the 13th Panorama film series will feature the best of contemporary French cinema, including Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s masterpiece Mustang, which won four César awards this year.
> June. shenzhen broadway cinema, 2/f, coco park, fuhua san lu, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区福华三路coco park购 物公园二楼百老汇影城 (0755-8881 1333)
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arts | music
The Swingle Singers Adding to a Grammy-Filled Legacy BY Andrew Chin
egacy is a gift and a curse. With a Grammy-filled career that’s stretched five decades, the Swingle Singers have a massive one. However, during a memorial concert last year to commemorate the group’s founder Ward Swingle, Edward Randell received the seal of approval from past group members. “There were around 40 Swingle Singers past and present that sang together,” he recalls. “During the event, I had the feeling that the past singers are just really touched that the group is still going and making great music.” Formed in 1962 by Swingle and other session singers that performed background vocals on recordings for Edith Piaf, the group found accidental success with their debut Jazz Sébastien Bach. Recorded as a present for family and friends, the album won collected Grammys in 1963 and paved the road for an awardwinning career that has endured despite numerous lineup changes. While Bach remains a crowd-pleasing part of the Swingle Singers’ live repertoire, Randell says the biggest tribute the current iteration of the group can give to the Swingles’ iconic past is to continue evolving in the future. “What the original Swingle Singers did
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What the original Swingle Singers did was fresh, innovative and like nothing people had heard before. That creative spirit is the most important thing for us to preserve was fresh, innovative and like nothing people had heard before,” he says. “That creative spirit is the most important thing for us to preserve. As much as we love singing the group’s early repertoire we’re always trying to move things forward and surprise audiences too.” Randell notes their rendition of Piazzolla’s ‘Libertango’ and Mumford & Sons’ ‘After the Storm’ have been current live staples, but adds “the biggest thing is writing new music.”
“We’re particularly focused on original songs, which bring a different energy to the show as they give us a very personal relationship to what we’re singing.” Last year marked a new chapter for the group with the release of two albums: Yule Songs Vol. II and the ambitious Deep End. “We’re really happy with how fans have responded to both albums,” Randell beams. “Deep End in particular took a long time to make and doesn’t sound like anything else we’ve done, so it’s great to see people connecting with it." He gleefully says the group has “lots of potential projects in the pipeline,” excitedly discussing an idea of folk music from around the world “which gives us the chance to bring together an incredible wealth of musical styles and traditions.” While the group previously performed in Beijing in 2001, this will be the debut mainland performance for its current lineup. Randell promises a diverse show of past and present classics, noting, “we just go where our own interests and tastes lead. Ultimately, it is honesty and authenticity that audiences respond to.”
> fri may 13, 8pm, rmb280-680. xinghai concert hall, 33 qingbo lu, yuexiu district, guangzhou 广州市越秀区晴波路33号, 星海 音乐厅 (400 610 3721, en.damai.cn)
We Came to Rock
Tomorrow Festival Shakes Up Shenzhen BY Ziyi Yuan
his May, Shenzhen welcomes the third annual Tomorrow Festival, an alternative music fest packed with leading international musicians in experimental, rock, avant-garde, free jazz and world. Commencing on May 11, the five-day event will feature live shows, exclusive lectures and a documentary screening. Feldermelder will kick things off on stage with live psychedelic acts played on a wide range of analog and controlled digital equipment. Later that day, Ovo, an edgy Italian band that is one of the most active in the worldwide noise rock scene, is set to rev things up with rebellious jams and plenty of attitude. Phew, the former Japanese punk legend, will present her radical voice on May 12, while a host of mainland performers, including Mamer and the band Wood Pushing
Melon, will showcase highlights from their latest albums. A series of lectures will round out the latter half of the festival, with Brian Turner leading a discussion about WFMU radio’s unique independent history, philosophy and freeform (as opposed to genre-specific) programming on May 14. Those curious about aesthetics or effects pedals should tag along for the second talk, 'Revolutionary Aesthetics of Effects Pedals – Nothing to Total Sonic Annihilation,' which will feature unique insights from Oliver Ackermann, the founder of Death By Audio. In addition to the live shows and lectures, a rare footage documentary will share the story of Faust, a group at the forefront of a German musical movement characterized by progressive, textured layers of sound fused into live concerts using a manipulation of chainsaws, cement mixers, solder irons and other industrial equipment. On May 14, Faust will make a special appearance on stage to conclude the
weeklong festival with a bang (literally). So grab those Coachella cut-offs and make your way towards tomorrow – it’s going to be five days of pure music mayhem. > wed-sun may 11-15, b10 live, north side of bldg. c2, north district, oct loft, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳市南山区 华侨城创意文化园北区c2栋北侧b10现场 (8633 7602, www. b10live.cn)
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a r t s | STAGE
MY FAIR LADY
Lady Doolittle Steps Out on the Town BY Zoey Zha
ased on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, few musical adaptations have been as hallowed as My Fair Lady. Its 1956 debut on Broadway featuring award-winning actors Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews set a then-record for the longest theatrical run in history. A 1964 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn racked up eight Oscars, including Best Film. Still a stage favorite, a touring production of this classic takes over the Guangzhou Opera House from May 17 to 22. The story follows young Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle, whose life is transformed by Henry Higgins – a professor of phonetics who makes a bet with his friend Colonel Hugh Pickering that he can transform a common girl into an urbane lady within months. Stepping into a role that Andrews and Hepburn made famous is Californian Aurora Florence. Arguably the youngest Eliza Doolittle on stage, she accepted the role fresh out of college. It’s impossible to avoid the question: can she deliver? “Something I love about Hepburn and Andrews’ interpretations of Eliza is how much spunk and passion they both brought. I think it is one of the reasons audiences around the world love Eliza so much,” she says. “I strive to bring my own passion and spunk to the character and use that to show the incredible journey that Eliza goes on.” Unlike her character, Florence is adept with accents. However, the doll-eyed actress shares traits with the iconic character. “Eliza has a great sense of who she is and the life that she wants to live, but it takes her some time to discover exactly what that is,” she notes. “I have had that same experi-
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ence in my life over and over again. Knowing where I want to go, but not totally sure how to get there.” By contrast, Chris Carsten plays the well-educated but cynical and self-involved professor. “He’s extremely good at what he does, and with that comes the spoils of his confidence,” the actor says of his character. “His assumptions cause him to underes-
There is a range of emotions explored by these characters, and romantic love is a complicated expression at best
timate Eliza in many ways. It’s her courage that takes him to a new classroom where men and women are peers, learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company.” While many consider the ambiguous ending a prelude to the character’s budding romance, Carsten is less convinced. “In my opinion, there is a range of emotions explored by these characters, and romantic love is a complicated expression at best,”
he says. “The script has many evidences that could be thought of as love, but it is complicated, as it is in life. In the end, much is left to the imagination.” One thing for certain is the inclusion of the iconic film scene set at the Ascot Horse Race, which featured Hepburn stepping into the scene clad in a stunning dress and elegant hat. Florence raves about the dress, which is “a replica of the dress Hepburn wore in the film.” She describes her character’s wardrobe in the play as "elegant, but at the same time physically constricting. I think it’s an exterior example of how Eliza is feeling at this point in the development of her new skills.” The Broadway revival, which won wide acclaim during its tour from America to Korea, will land in Guangzhou this month as part of a six-city China tour. > tue-sun may 17-22, 7.30pm (tues-sun) 2.30pm (sat-sun); rmb80-980. opera hall, guangzhou opera house, 1 zhujiang xi lu, zhujiang xincheng, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天河 区珠江新城珠江西路1号，广州大剧院 (3839 2888)
art | Arts
Kinetic Sculpture as an Exploration of the Universe BY Tom Lee
Man is by nature a social animal.” So wrote Aristotle in his seminal philosophical text, Politics. The Ancient Greek thinker was theorizing how humans depend on normalized interaction to thrive. Compared to the time when Aristotle lived, more than 2,000 years ago, today mankind is far more connected. Technological advances have brought us to a place where communication with someone on the other side of the world can be achieved almost instantly. Rather than being sequestered in individual nations, we can truly say that we live in a global society. “We are connected much more than years ago, but differently, because we evolved,” says Maurizio Gavazzi, the experimental mixed media artist whose exhibition, AOTI: Archive of the Infinite, is opening in Guangzhou this month. “My art is always about evolving, transformation and technology, and the underlying connections between people.” Aristotle’s quote is important to Gavazzi – in fact, he describes it as one of the most central, uniting concepts of his oeuvre – but just as important is the fact that the way we socialize today is changing all the time. In one of the pieces the Italian is bringing to Guangzhou’s Canton Place this month, a cell phone has been inserted inside a fairly standard glass bottle – the kind a stranded castaway would have used, once upon a time, to carry a scribbled SOS. The inference is clear: the quaint image of the message in the bottle is alien to our modern life, something we will only encounter in the swashbuckling adventures and romantic tales of yesteryear. “Everything I create needs to come back to my principal vision about people evolving. We are still evolving, and now we are evolving through technology,” says Gavazzi, as he explains some of his core beliefs. Maybe in the future, he
muses, we will be half human, half robot. In some ways, his art has already moved closer to such a hybrid. Gavazzi has employed many forms of media in order to find fresh meaning in objects, but his most recent projects have revolved around striking moving sculptures that are controlled by human whim. Using a remote control, the motion of the parts can be manipulated. The idea is that the artwork is forever altering to reflect the viewer’s emotions and impulses. From his studio in Bergamo, Italy, the former bank director shows us, via his laptop camera, the materials he uses to mold his kinetic art. Sheet metal, recycled bicycle chains, a motor engine and cans of paint are scattered about the wooden-beamed space. Through the window, one can just glimpse hints at a picturesque suburban locale. Within such a sanctuary, it’s no wonder that Gavazzi is such a philosophical man. The title of his Guangzhou exhibition draws on a poem by one of Italy’s most famous poets, Giacomo Leopardi. In ‘The Infinite,’ Leopardi writes that as he sits and gazes at “the horizon’s furthest reaches,” he becomes aware of “an endless space still beyond” that frightens him with its depth. Yet it also thrills him: “Into this immensity my thought sinks ever drowning, and it is sweet to shipwreck in such a sea.” “My artwork right now, the pieces I will bring [to Guangzhou], the theme is the universe,” explains Gavazzi. “I was thinking that if we take in all the things we can see in the universe, we will realize that we are just a small little planet, and we need to protect it – or we need to think of other planets where we will need to go in the future. I want us to have these images of the universe very clearly in our minds, to prepare us for the future.” There are many real-world concerns addressed in Gavazzi’s work: the environmental impact mankind is having on the planet; the enormity of the cosmos; evolving technology; human interaction. In representing these concerns, he always seems to be looking for ways to reinvent his aesthetic style, to find new meaning in old objects. It’s no surprise that two of his greatest artistic inspirations are Piero Manzoni and Marcel Duchamp. Gavazzi has carefully planned his show in Guangzhou so that it takes into account the exhibition area in Canton Place, transforming it into an interactive organism. “I am trying to recreate my thinking, my way to make art on that space, to connect it to that space, using some of the chairs and tables already in that space, but becoming my laboratory, like the one I have in Italy. “It will not be just walking and seeing one painting and reading something and going to another one. I will create some islands where there will be some lights, some instruments, some special music, so you will go inside this space and you will feel the connectivity.”
> aoti: archive of the inﬁnite runs from may 21-28. the opening party takes place on may 21 at 7pm, free entry. canton mansion, haifeng lu, zhujiang xincheng, guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城海风路广粤天地
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rior to embarking on this story to showcase the hippest cribs in the PRD, we were largely indifferent toward the lure of flashy abodes. Excessive, out of reach and synonymous with weeklong binges of MTV reality shows, they were nothing more than possessions of the 1 percent – the superfluous stuff of rappers or fuerdai.
CRIBS A Look Inside the PRD’s Most Extravagant Homes By Jocelyn Richards
Yet with thousands of Guangdong residents scurrying to acquire grassy European estates or mansions in central Vancouver every year, the question of what, if any, luxury options exist here in southern China seemed worthy of exploration. So when a friend tipped us off about a fancy resort in Huadu, about an hour’s drive north from downtown Guangzhou, we decided to scope it out. Standing on the lush, lychee-scented mountaintops of Dragon Lake residence, it was clear we’d hit the jackpot. In South China, where cities consume more of the surrounding countryside each year, a bedside view of the natural landscape becomes, well, priceless. At least that’s what the founders of Dragon Lake were betting on when they set the listing price of a 1,000-squaremeter mansion at RMB280 million (USD43 million). “You’re not just paying for the house, see, you’re buying the view, the lake, so it’s actually worth much more than that,” explains Han Lin, deputy general manager of Backyard, a subsidiary of Golden Horse
Crib: a home, domicile or dwelling (Urban Dictionary)
seven bedrooms are decked out in imported Italian leather furniture, plush carpets and world-class electronics.
It’s a weekday around lunchtime, but no other cars or people pass us on the mountain, which is closed to nonresidents.
Huge walk-in closets – the size of an average apartment bedroom in Guangzhou or Shenzhen – ensure ample room for shoe collections. Bathrooms are disguised as 50-squaremeter suites with ceramic Jacuzzis and mirrors trimmed in gold.
Purchased 20 years ago, the gorgeous 25,000-acre 4A tourist destination and residential plot of Dragon Lake is home to a PGA-competition 54-hole golf resort, a European-inspired village (with its own functioning church), three hotels and a cluster of American villas – all of which border Yew Wah International Education School. Seven mansions comprise Peninsula Villa, which overlooks a vast network of glistening tributaries and uninhabited hills as far as the eye can see. Han brings us to one of the more valuable properties, perched on the outermost tip of the cape. The yard measures roughly 2,100 square meters and includes a private dock for boating and, in case the lake isn’t entertaining enough, an oversized infinity pool. “Our motto here is to ‘restore the beauty of the world,’” says Han, proudly gesturing to the breathtaking setting below. It strikes us that ‘restore’ in this case may mean ‘purchase access to,’ but the slogan is probably catchier as is. The exterior of the home is stunning. Towering linden trees line the circular driveway in front, yielding a surprisingly authentic, lived-in feel for a house built in 2013. Elegant beige columns and an inlayed stone walkway instill fresh curiosity in the three-story edifice beyond. Inside, a quick elevator ride brings us to the second and third floors, where
Hong Kong designer Steve Leung laid out the crisp interior, which is clearly catered to the more ostentatious of well-to-do Chinese families. The kitchen area alone is worth more than RMB2 million, according to Pan Weitang, a planning executive at the resort. Divided into a Chinese and Western side, the pantry is opulent but snug, with regrettably less usable space than the closets upstairs.
Nine Dragon Lake Holdings, as he leads us up the winding drive of Peninsula Villa.
Our motto here is to 'restore A KTV parlor, full sauna, workout room and dozens the beauty of of crystal chandeliers round out the home’s deluxe ad- the world' ditions. Yet the dwelling is modest by crib standards – USD40 million would buy a place 10 times the size in most countries. Here in Guangdong, though, this is as fancy as it gets. “We entered the market early as a luxury brand,” recalls Han, describing the foothold of Golden Horse in the early 2000s. “When most places were going for RMB3,000-4,000 per square meter, we were selling for RMB10,000. Plus you needed guanxi to have a shot at buying.” Exclusivity is the name of the game when it comes to spending big on the mainland. A lack of truly exquisite properties means that connections, not money, will ultimately determine what one can buy.
MANSIONS OF DONGSHAN
Photos by claire zheng
Across the city in Dongshankou, exclusivity is reflected in the mere hundreds of brick mansions that remain out of thousands built in the 1920s by returning overseas Chinese.
Modeled after Western residences with subtle elements of art deco, the houses embody a historic charm that’s absent among the freshly painted villas of Dragon Lake. “We’ve kept most of the home the same,” says Frank Huang, the director of Fei Yuan Gallery – an art center and cafe housed in a private villa built in 1922. “The floor tiles are all originals, except for a few we’ve replaced. But the staircase, windowpanes, doorways… they’ve been here since the 20s.” Named a national-level cultural relic in 2012, the house is now protected by the government, which limits how much the owner can alter structurally. Inside, however, a host of stylistic touches breathe new life into the vintage decor. On the second floor, hand-carved ivory lights dangle from lofty ceilings, illuminating bouquets of lavender and pink carnations accented by dark, mustard-colored walls.
A side balcony and spacious front patio connect to overhanging rooms, letting sunlight seep into the shadowed hallways. The patio furniture, Huang tells us, was custom-designed by students at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts to incorporate patterns found in the original house. Each chair is adorned with an emerald mosaic that matches the shape of the floor tiles, while the chairs’ iron lattice mirrors curvatures in the original windowpanes. From the second-floor patio, one can spot another mansion just across the street, sitting quaintly behind a wall of slim bamboo. Worth roughly RMB200 million (USD30 million), this one is even glitzier inside – the place took more than two years to decorate, we’re told, and the owner is “not quite done yet.” “In China, spending two years to renovate is a long, long time,” says Robert Li, the sales manager of the residence (now called MXQ art space) as he invites us inside. “It shows you how meticulous the owner is.” Zhang Leming, a real estate tycoon from Chaoshan, purchased the house a few years ago as a showroom for his vast collection of antiques and modern art.
quet halls with teppanyaki tables and a spacious chamber for steeping tea.
look more expensive than they are. “That’s what I like about the owner,” Li responds, sensing our surprise at the affordability of some impressive fixtures. “With him, it’s not about the money, it’s all about artistic balance. He likes the idea of perfection.”
“Zhang loves to fuse Chinese and Japanese elements,” offers Alonso Liu, the managing director. “He sees commonality in the two.” And perhaps that’s the beauty of owning a crib – having the power to mold one’s private space into virtually any style imaginable.
We start in the ‘modern’ side of the residence and work our way towards the ‘traditional’ side, comprised of a Zeninspired massage parlor, private ban-
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Glossy floors, two walls of windows and transparent cabinets give one the feeling of walking on air. A row of Andy Warhol-esque butterfly paintings only adds to the sensation, their rainbow hues complementing a case of polychrome Kon Yutaka coffee accessories across the room. Here, the furniture was sourced from nearly 10 different countries; the transparent cabinets, for example, were assembled in Dongguan using imported acrylic glass from the UK. Three mismatched titanium bar stools, worth roughly RMB4,000 each, were imported from Spain, while coffee tables inlayed with jade were designed in Shenzhen.
On the first floor, portraits of the previous occupants, influential modern writer Eileen Chang and poet/architect Ling Huiyi, hang prominently – the only two decorations that aren’t for sale. Upstairs, a cherry sofa from Burberry greets us at the end of a long, iridescent corridor. Beside it sits a futuristic Genesy floor lamp by the great Zaha Hadid (listed at roughly RMB73,600 or USD11,365), head bowed in honor of its designer. Though pricey, those pieces are the exception. Most of the furnishings – including a rare gilded door from the Ming dynasty –
04 01 Cabinet: imported acrylic glass; coffee accessories: Kon Yutaka 02 Patio furniture: Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts 03 Sofa: Burberry; lamp: Zaha Hadid for Artemide 04 Bar: Zhang's design; bar stools: imported from Spain
BEHIND THE DESIGN The trend of custom-made decor is not only prevalent among the mainland’s affluent. People of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds are jumping onboard, tailoring everything from bedframes and wardrobes to kitchen cabinets and sinks. As housing prices skyrocket in Shenzhen and more gradually in parts of Guangzhou, high costs and tiny homes have pushed many to invest in custom-made interiors to maximize the limited space they have.
Between 2010 and 2015, China’s interior decoration and furnishing market grew at an average of 6 percent annually, with 2 billion square meters of built-up space decorated and furnished each year, according to the China Building Decoration Association. Massive wholesale markets and factories are a common sight along highways in Foshan, Zhongshang and Dongguan, buoying the industry in Guangdong, which has long been China’s top furniture export base.
Yet while the province remains a hot spot for manufacture, many local brands are increasingly squeezed between rising production costs, mounting taxes and rampant imitators. For Phinns Casa, a designer and antique furniture brand founded by Lorna Wong of Hong Kong and her husband Anton Phinn in 1997, the market is completely different than it was 20 years ago. “Now we are a lot smaller than before. We used to have a much bigger showroom,” Wong recalls. “When we first started, everything was much cheaper – rentals, salaries, you know, and China’s taxes are really high.” Greater expenses would be bearable if demand for Phinns’ niche designs also grew, but the market in China today is split between those who lust after shiny Versace collections and those who prefer cheap knockoffs. As a company committed to the real thing, i.e. authentic antiques and original designs by Anton Phinn, Phinns Casa finds it difficult to appeal to the
bulk of consumers. “I think we all have a free choice in what we want to do,” continues Wong, recalling a time when Phinns’ showroom was copied down to the last detail of how they arranged their plants. “If people’s criteria is, I save as much as possible, and as long as something looks more or less similar that will do, then who am I to criticize? But I don’t believe that in life, I believe either you get the genuine thing or you don’t.” Others in the industry share similar experiences. According to Logan Komorowski, creative director of lifestyle brand United Strangers, most companies based in central and northern China tend to come to Guangzhou to produce, but don’t see the city as something they should “follow.” “The really frustrating thing about Guangzhou is, it has more potential than most of the other cities in China but the quality and service levels you get for your money these days is just not what it should be.”
A couple years ago, Komorowski established a huge showroom for the brand in Redtory, where he hoped to revamp the site and attract more visitors to the still underdeveloped art district. Unfortunately, a few months into the contract, the management doubled the rent for all occupants, forcing the company to relocate to the former French concession in Shanghai, where prices are surprisingly much more reasonable. Despite the challenges, however, Komorowski remains optimistic, citing promising local brands that are pursuing individualistic design in South China. “Bentu are a group of young designers that definitely have their finger on the pulse in terms of
what’s happening in China and are doing products that the Chinese want,” he says. With the slogan “what we want to present are not only products, but also sincerity to design,” Bentu reflects a broader attitude among budding artists in China, who strive to maintain a high level of quality and creativity in their products, decoupling themselves from notorious profit-hungry, copycat industries. All across China, emerging furniture designers are persisting in the art, striving to bring original, innovative pieces to the world’s attention. During Milan Design Week this past April, the ‘Fan’ series of chairs by Beijing designer Shao Fan won stellar reviews from critics, who considered his work an interpretation of modern Chinese life philosophy. The furniture, which roughly resembles a fan, is infused with both Western ebullience and attitudes of traditional China.
Other top contemporary designers like Zhang Zhoujie, Xiao Tianyu, Hui Lingcheng and the team at Pinwu are changing the way ‘made in China’ furnishings are viewed throughout the world. The industry is one of the few that has managed to retain Chinese stylistic elements while also reshaping them into a more current depiction of mainland culture. For the youth in China, who are finally coming to grips with what it means to feel comfortable in one’s own skin, that’s a very welcome trend. “You can’t just buy your look and your feeling and your way all the time, which has currently happened for the last four to five years,” concludes Komorowski. “It used to be, I have money, come look at my Ferrari. But now, there are a certain percentage of people that are traveling more and they’re coming back and individualizing themselves and also their homes. That’s where our future is in China… that has to be the way forward.”
United Strangers, established in 2009, was born out of collaboration between talented international designers (hence the ‘strangers’) and focuses on creating sustainable lifestyle pieces using recycled and reclaimed wood, leather and canvas.
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TOBIA REPOSSI & PARTNERS
As a design company, it’s pretty crucial to have your own place looking snazzy. The spaces of makers are like cribs away from home because, well, they tend to be there a lot. For Tobia Repossi & Partners, an interior and product design company that works for Asian brands with Western standards and European and American clients who have their R&D base in China, design is everything. The team, comprised of 20 people, chose Shenzhen as the prime location for their office in order to be close to production units, accelerators and start-ups. Supported by Sino European Design Union, an organization that connects designers and companies from all over the world to the Chinese market, Repossi was able to design an interior that reflects the mission of the company. “The result is a showroom for our designs and suppliers that changes according to the season with different objects and colors,” explains Tobia Repossi, founder of the brand. “We strongly believe in informal working spaces where we can feel at home and we love to immerse our clients in this cozy and stylish atmosphere. Our studio is an open space that shows our attitude towards what we do – it welcomes everybody and there's always time to indulge in a glass of Italian wine with our customers.”
Headquartered in the center of Futian District in Shenzhen, Emie Labs is right where you’d expect a start-up to be. With the noble mission of connecting local and foreign start-ups with office spaces and offering marketing advice and access to investors, Emie is committed to helping the little guys, and that’s reflected in its laid-back, down-to-earth office design. Upon arrival, a freight elevator leads one up to the third floor, where an office that could only be described as a working geek’s paradise awaits. From quirky inspirational quotes on the wall to an array of gimmicks and gadgets sprinkled around the spacious, brightly covered area, Emie Labs provides so much more than a working environment. “People here stay up late working on their startups. They need to relax and feel at home,” says Christophe Branchu, one of the founders of the space.
Despite all the perks, the brand has their sights set on something even bigger – a 2,500-square-meter space in Huaqiangbei, where they hope to move later this year. With such a strong emphasis on decor, you may think the guys at Emie Labs spend all of their time pursuing innovative office design projects, but that’s not the case. Most of the cool elements have actually been brought in by members of the team and left behind. “A little mess makes you feel at home,” smiles Branchu, who promises he’ll keep the same homey theme at the company’s new location.
And relax they can. Emie Labs has games, a mini gym, a coffee shop, lots of rest areas and even yoga and boxing classes several times a week.
Century Centre Home Plaza The largest furniture mall in Shenzhen selling expensive, luxury pieces.
One of the most expensive luxury furniture brands in Shenzhen.
A cafe in Weijiasi Plaza that sells vintage furniture and decor.
> 2016 xiangmihu lu, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区香蜜湖路2016 号世纪中心家具广场 (0755-8371 0111)
> shop 1004-1006, c block, galaxy century, caitian nan lu, futian district, shenzhen 深圳市福田区彩田南路星 河世纪第三空间 c栋1004号—1006号 (0755-2399 1000)
> north gate of weijiasi furniture market (next to mall of the world), zhujiang xincheng, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天河区珠江新城 花城汇旁的维家思广场北门 (0203835 5430, 020-3835 5231)
Weijiasi Plaza A pricey mall featuring glitzy showrooms and hand-carved rosewood furniture.
Planning to settle down in South China for a few more years? Jazz up your crib with recycled, retro pieces from United Strangers or an ornate dresser from Phinns Casa. Below, we’ve compiled the top shops, malls and designer brands that sell furnishings in Guangzhou and Shenzhen.
next to mall of the world, zhujiang xincheng, tianhe district, guangzhou 广 州市天河区珠江新城花城汇旁的维家思 广场 (020-3835 5430, 020-3835 5231)
MUJI Home A Japanese home furnishings, decor and bedding shop grounded in simplicity.
> 1/f, one link walk, 230 tianhe lu, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天 河路230号万菱汇1楼 (020-2863 3200)
Pop Design Gallery Funky furnishings designed locally from RMB1,000 and up. > shop 108-110, bldg. a4, oct loft, nanshan district, shenzhen 深圳市南 山区华侨城创意园a4座108-110商铺 (0755-2227 0590)
Shabby-chic furniture, bedding and housewares.
Pop Design Gallery
Ship Wood and Antique Furniture Market
Bentu Design Contemporary tables, chairs and lights rooted in sleek simplicity. > bentudesign.com
Harbor House Classic American home furnishings, decor and housewares. > harborhousehome.com
Phinns Casa Authentic antiques and designer furniture made with high-quality materials. > 1 dagang gongye lu, meishan cun, nancun town, panyu district, guangzhou 广州市番禺区南村镇梅山村 大岗工业路1号 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun in Sky Industrial sculptures and furniture made of all natural materials. > silos, zhujiang party pier and art culture district, 118 modie sha 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b区麦芽仓 (020-8370 2777)
United Strangers Reclaimed and recycled lifestyle pieces with an urban flair. > unitedstrangers.com
CHIC ON THE CHEAP If you don’t feel like splurging on fancy antique or designer decor, the PRD offers plenty of affordable alternatives at street side secondhand furniture markets. Spend an afternoon hunting for one-ofa-kind pieces in the urban villages of Shenzhen or take an afternoon trip to Foshan and Zhongshan to explore local designs.
Huamei Jiaju Cheng A street side thrift market with inexpensive goods. > a block, huafeng diyi kejiyuan, bao’an district, shenzhen 深圳市宝安区华丰第一科技园a区 (0755-2736 7666)
Lecong Furniture Market, Foshan Claims to be the world’s largest market for home furnishings; features domestic and international pieces. > lecong section of no. 325 national highway, foshan 佛山市顺德区325国道乐从路段乐从国际家具 (0757 －2883 5168, fsjiaju.com)
Ship Wood and Antique Furniture Market Features a mix of ship wood furniture, classic rosewood, stone fountains and more. > huacai antique city, 22 heqian nan lu (gudu dadao), sanxiang, zhongshan 中山市三乡镇华财古玩城 中山市 三乡镇古鹤村鹤前南路22号 (谷都大道)(0760-8632 8115)
Taigu Lighting and Decoration City An entire street devoted to inexpensive light fixtures. > 2 danan lu (near beijing lu), yuexiu district, guangzhou 广州市越秀区大南路2号, 泰古灯饰城 (020-8330 5135)
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Imagine all the People Why So Many of Us Are Illiterate Readers by Lena Gidwani
n his 1967 coming-of-age memoir Stop Time, author Frank Conroy describes his wry, sad and beautiful introduction to the world of prose as an adolescent in New York. "I'd lie in bed," he pens with gripping detail, "and read one paperback after another until two or three in the morning. The real world dissolved and I was free to drift in fantasy, living a thousand lives, each one more powerful, more accessible and more real than my own." I know that child. I am that child, sans the heartache and poverty. And for as long as I can remember, I have always read that way. These days, with two sprightly tots in tow, I have swapped mildewed paperbacks for brightly colored hardbacks that tell of the staged, mind-blowing, earth-shattering adventures of Biff, Chip, Kipper and their mischievous dog Floppy, all in the hopes of imparting the fine art of phonetic awareness. This epic journey of digraphs and morphemes has brought me to an age-old question: why is it important for children to truly understand what they are reading? It’s 2016, and our Google/Facebook/ Twitter culture means we often read with the sole purpose of either knowing to know (read: so we win at trivia nights), knowing to share (read: so we look like we’re well read) or knowing to comment (read: so we 4 8 | m a y 2 0 1 6 | SZ | w w w . t h a t s m a g s . c o m
have an opinion). This appears to be changing the way we interact, communicate and, ultimately, read. To grasp this most bewildering concept, one must understand the following neuroscientific phenomenon. A newborn’s brain is hardwired to learn a language; they don’t need to be taught as it just happens naturally. Learning how to read, however, is a completely different story. It is a complex, structured process that follows a typical and specific path. It starts with fundamental phonological processing – the awareness of sounds themselves – which then builds into phonics, or the ability to decode a sound that translates into and matches an abstract symbol. Eventually, that merges into a full, automatic rattle. There are certain aspects that slow down this process (such as socioeconomic status, sensory processing difficulties or other medical disorders) or accelerate it (such as continuous effort, constant parental involvement and a rich environment with instruction from educators that are able to motivate, effectively track levels and deliver regular feedback). So no surprises here; unlike language acquisition, reading is a taught skill. But returning to the burning question at hand, how does one know if a child fully comprehends what they are reading? Are they just doing so from an illustrated page
because context clues help (and because they want a sticker), or are they actually lost and drifting in sheer fantasy like young Conroy, as they effortlessly narrate away? Is it too much to ask of a child aged 4 or 5? No, according to Professor Daniel T. Willingham, a researcher and psychologist at the University of Virginia. His article in the Washington Post seven years ago, called ‘Language and the Brain,’ claims we are all illiterate. Yes, illiterate, unless of course, we use this god-given gift called imagination. No matter how many words we can sound out, he says, we are all untaught, unless we truly understand the purpose of the artful combination of these 26 symbols. Being a reader, in other words, escapes exact definition; it ultimately involves so much more than the skill itself. Think of it as a massaging of the creative cognizance, to inspire a slowing down of the senses, in order to think, contemplate, discover and imagine while floating amongst thumb-sized fairies, rainbow-colored unicorns and green monsters that live in a closet. I’ve often proclaimed that the world within pages is more compelling than the world without, and I am sticking to my guns here. Sound the words to decode, feel the words to get lost, then – wait for it – read the words to imagine.
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Is Teeth Gridding a Myth or Reality? by Dr. Sandro Rasgado
What is bruxism? Bruxism is a constant and forceful habit of gridding or clenching the teeth. Usually teeth should touch each other when chewing and swallowing food, which happens briefly during the day. What are the consequences? Often the excessive force of bruxism results in the destruction of the enamel and dentine of your teeth. Without these protective layers, your teeth may become sensitive, painful and vulnerable to decay. The regular habit of clenching or grinding may lead to pain in the jaw and muscles. Who has it? According to some statistics, half of the population is thought to have occasionally grinded their teeth. One out of every 20 cases of bruxism could become a serious condition. Furthermore, about 30 percent of children grind or clench their teeth. Do I have it? During sleep, a bed partner may be able
to notice grinding noises. Other signs and symptoms include a dull morning headache, tight jaw muscles, limited mouth opening when yawning, prolonged facial pain, damage to the teeth and fractured dental fillings. Your dentist is crucial in helping to diagnose bruxism. You will be asked a series of questions and your overall dental health will be checked.
What are the causes? Many factors are associated with bruxism such as stress, anxiety, drug use, side effects of antidepressants, concentration during work or studying, illness, dehydration, bad diet, sleeping problems, teething (in babies), missing teeth, incorrect teeth alignment and problems with dental work. How can bruxism be treated? There are many treatments for bruxism, which may include relaxation, counseling, sports activities and improving the quality of sleep. You may also benefit from reducing the use of stimulants such as caffeine or
nicotine. Very often dentists prescribe grinding mouth guards to protect your teeth, jaw and muscles from the destructive pressure forces. If teeth are worn down too much, restorative and cosmetic treatments are also required (fillings, crowns or veneers).
Can it get worse? Many cases of bruxism are mild and have minor consequences. Nonetheless, people should consult their dentist to identify and stop the cause. Serious cases result in pain and teeth destruction, which will require specific treatment. If you think you may have this condition, it’s best to take action to prevent any serious consequences. > dr. sandro rasgado is a chief physician at kaiyi dental clinic, 11/f, binghua hotel, 2 tianhe bei lu, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天河区天河北路2号冰花酒店11层 (3886 4821)
Check-Ups For Children
The Importance of Annual Visits by Dr. Douglas Colina
o help children and teens grow into healthy adults, it’s important that they receive regular check-ups. Health care providers use the visits to screen for medical and developmental issues. The check-ups also provide a great opportunity for parents and children to build a relationship with their pediatric or family medicine providers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends children see their doctor at least once a year. As children grow, it is crucial that a pediatrician monitor their overall health and how they are developing. This enables doctors to detect health concerns before they worsen or your child requires a trip to the emergency room. Many kids may need a physical before they can go back to school or participate in sports. A physical exam fulfills the same need as an annual check-up. Depending on your child’s age and medical history, these appointments may include physical, eye, hearing and dental exams as well as lab tests. They are also a perfect occasion to make sure your child is up-to-date with all recom-
mended immunizations. Often times, we only see children when they are sick, but it is also important for us to see them when they are healthy. Prevention is much better than cure!
> dr. douglas colina is a general practitioner with 30 years of experience in treating adults and children at bellaire international clinic, suite 601, times square, 28 tianhe bei road, tianhe district, guangzhou 广州市天河区天河北路 28号时代广场东座601 (2899 3911/152 1881 8990 (24-hour emergency line), www.0086-911.com)
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CITY SCENES Urbanites Eggs-tra Fun Easter Party at Shark Sea World Urbanites Eggs-tra Fun Easter Party landed at Shark Sea World in Shenzhen on March 27, bringing with it tons of smiles that filled the venue all afternoon. Complete with a multitude of entertaining activities and creative workshops, the party buzzed with excitement. More than 20 kids and their parents participated in a cooking class, where the little ‘chefs’ worked hard to follow instructions from Shark’s Chef Mattias to create their very own culinary masterpieces. The egg-decorating workshop gave the kids a chance to express their creativity – and so they did! Colorful Easter eggs instantly transformed the venue and added to the holiday spirit. No Easter party is complete without a visit by the Easter Bunny. Urbanites Easter bunny could not miss out on all the fun and hopped by to pose for pictures with all the participants! The event concluded with a lucky draw and gifts. We extend special thanks to all our friends who helped us make the happiness happen: Shark Sea World, GTJ Young Artist, Alexander's Ice Cream, HarMoNiCare Women's and Children's Hospital and Nogogo Online Groceries.
2016 Lingnan Forum Series on International Management The Lingnan Forum Series on International Management, organized by Lingnan MBA Center and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-sen University, features guest speakers discussing the ins and outs of international management. The evening of March 12 witnessed the launch of this four-session forum at the Lingnan Hall in Sun Yat-sen University. Over 100 students and alumni of Lingnan College and invitees from different fields joined the event. In the first session on March 12, Mr. Albert Ng, chairman of EY China and managing partner of EY Greater China, presented on the topic ‘Going Global – China Sees Outbound Investment Boom,’ while Mr. Gorden Lam Chi Wing, advisor of the Hong Kong-based Fung Group addressed ‘Consumer Goods Supply China Management and Operations in the Omni-channel Era’ on March 26.
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Urbanites Hello Kitty Party On March 13, Urban Family cooperated with McCawley's to hold a Hello Kitty-themed party together. Chef Rodrigo from McCawley’s taught all the parents and 17 little ‘chefs’ how to make mini burgers and pizzas. Tutors from Magic Forest Education Center led a DIY food craft, keeping the little ones occupied. A fabulous lucky draw brought them all out of the popular bouncy castle to win prizes. Guests were all entertained by fun activities.
Food and Drink Tasting at Angelo Mediterranean Sun This month’s Food and Drink Tasting took 22 culinary adventurers to Italy at Angelo Mediterranean Sun. The guests had a chance to explore authentic Italian cuisine in its splendor, from appetizers and main courses to a sumptuous dessert. The tasting was followed by a lucky draw with the happy winners taking back bottles of Pearl Red wine and vouchers from Mediterranean Sun, Nogogo Online Groceries, Viva-Dental, Vista SK International Medical Centre and more. All attendees walked away with a taste of Italy and a complimentary bottle of Peal Red Today or Pearl Red Tomorrow.
The Landmark Green Carnival – The 5th Canton Tower St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (Supported by
On March 17, a diverse group of guests enjoyed a fantastic St. Patrick’s Day held by Canton Tower and Urbanatomy. The venue was transformed into an Irish paradise, adorned with clovers, balloons and plenty of green. Even the rain couldn’t stop guests’ enthusiasm as they joined in fun-filled face painting and games at different booths. Authentic Irish food and music enlivened the occasion. After the lighting ceremony, attendees eagerly anticipated the results of the lucky draw and enjoyed live music by Irish Town, a band that traveled all the way from Ireland for the event. It was a wonderful carnival and celebration.
The First Annual Cross Border Summit (Supported by
The first annual Cross Border Summit that took place on Saturday, April 16 was an action-packed day of learning and networking with e-commerce and international business traders. The event covered topics like sourcing, e-commerce, marketing on Chinese web platforms, finance in tech, business globalization, quality control standards and more. It was an interactive and informative day, featuring panel discussions, networking sessions and speakers like Tak Lo from RG/A Ventures, Mike Bellamy of PassageMaker, Nick Hu of Netconcepts, Charles Ng from InvestHK, Neil Woodfine of Remitsy, Larry Salibra from the HK Bitcoin Association and many others.
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PRD FOCUS T
he British School of Guangzhou officially opened a new secondary school building and facilities on Thursday, April 14. The opening ceremony included a celebration of a decade of excellence since the school’s inception in 2005. The occasion was officiated by British Consul General of Guangzhou Matthew Rous, Nord Anglia Education Chief Executive Officer Andrew Fitzmaurice and Principal Mark Thomas, as well as students and valued members of staff. Following a riveting lion dance and a ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests were led to the hall for a presentation and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the occasion. The British School of Guangzhou is now the largest international school in Guangzhou with over 1,100 students from approximately 50 countries attending.
aving upgraded their purified water this year, Chinese food and beverage brand Master Kong cooperated with sports brand Li Ning to host a 10-kilometer 'mini-marathon' in 15 cities. March 27 saw the start of the running competition at Guangzhou’s Ersha Island. Being the first stop, Guangzhou invited Olympic champions Guo Weiyang, Luo Yutong and Yang Jinghui to attend. Sponsoring the completion, Master Kong distributed their new Youyue purified water, which employs advanced nano-filter technology to effectively remove ions, organic matter, suspended solids and other impurities to reduce the ‘hardness’ of the water and improve its taste.
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n April 18 at Canton Place, the French Consul General in Guangzhou Bertrand Furno, along with Cultural Attache Pascale Vacher, presided over the press conference to introduce this year’s Festival Croisements in South China. Son of Cuban artist Wifredo Lam introduced one of the exhibitions taking place during the festival – Fathers and Sons. Taking place from April 29 to June 29, the 11th Croisements Festival will include 45 programs and around 150 events in 30 cities across China. The emphasis of this cultural program lies on Franco-Chinese artistic collaborations. French artists who draw their inspiration from Chinese life and culture will visit the mainland this month to exchange ideas. This year, the festival is honored to receive the support of five ambassadors who have selected personal favorites for the program.
n March 9, at ITB Berlin 2016, the Althoff Hotel Group announced a cooperation agreement with Chinese hotel group Plateno to bring the Ameron Hotel brand to China. Over the course of the next five years, there are plans to open 10 Ameron Hotels in the PRC, with the first one opening in 2016 or early 2017. The Chinese Plateno Group is currently leading the Chinese hotel market with more than 3,700 hotels in more than 300 cities. For founder Alex Zheng, the brand Ameron holds great potential for the Plateno lifestyle lab in its effort to appeal to fashion forward urban travelers.
n April 22, the Consulate General of Greece in Guangzhou invited guests of all ages and backgrounds to explore the spectacular sights, smells and tastes of Greece at an afternoon event. Co-organized by the Foshan Haichuan KTH Trading Co. and Greek Agricultural Products Asian Promotion Center, the event, entitled ‘Window to Greece,’ featured lectures on the unique products, cuisines and travel destinations in the country. The Consul General of Greece in Guangzhou Grigorios Tassiopoulos presided over the festivity, which drew many curious travel aficionados.
itchelton winery celebrated its 43rd birthday at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Guangzhou on March 31. For the past four decades, Mitchelton has focused on coaxing the most from its estate and key Victorian vineyards while working with its bestsuited varietals – especially Shiraz and Riesling – to make wines expressive of the region.
Shenzhen reviews, events and information
tomorrow festival The Future of Non-Mainstream Music See p66-67
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EAt/drink GOSSIP Shenzhen weather. Probably the most discussed (not to say disgusting) topic of the month. It’s been raining. A lot. In between the spells of fog, slimy humidity and almost torrential showers, we’ve still managed to keep our spirits high and hunt down a few cool places for you to eat, drink or hide away from bad weather. Kicking things off in Shekou, we have London Bridge, a new bar sticking to the ‘Britishness’ in a row of American sports bars beside Rose
Garden Two in Shekou. Just a few subway stops away, Peacock (p64) is another newcomer that boasts bold cocktail flavors and cool tunes. 3D Coffice will let you pair your morning latte with some 3D printing demos and aims to be the hangout of choice for techies in the city. One of the biggest happenings this month was the much-awaited opening of Green Room (p60) by the creator of Nomaste Nicecream, Stephanie Morris. 1979 Mall is, once again, bringing in
new eateries, bakeries and coffee shops. Stop by and taste the flavor innovations of MET Restaurant and Bar, K. Strawberry and Keepoo Cupcake Lab. For a taste of the classics, pencil in your dinner dates at the French Le Palais or the Italian Tina’s. Last, but in no way least, Shenzhen was proud to host its second Health and Wellness Fair on April 24. Filled with free fitness classes, health foods and wellness workshops, the fair set the city’s priorities back on track for the summer.
SIX OF THE BEST… Desserts
A light dessert pastry with lots of cream and a strong chocolate flavor, Chloe pairs perfectly with coffee and is a great afternoon tea treat. RMB32.
> Lu Pattisserie, 1D, 5 Xiangshan Dong Jie, oct Loft, South District, huaqiaocheng, nanshan District 南山区华侨城创意文化园南区香山东 街5号1D (8633 7123)
Waffles for breakfast? Why not! Absolute Darkness comes with stunning presentation, rich taste and a generous portion of cream. What else could we ask for? RMB39/68. > Espuma, Shop L223, 2/F, 9 Square, 7-8 Zhonghang Lu, Futian District 福田区中航路 7-8中航九方购物中心L223 (8392 0199)
Chocolate Banana Roll
It doesn’t get much cuter than this. The chocolate banana roll from Koala Bakery not only boasts a soft, chocolaty and creamy filling – it also resembles a cuddly bear. RMB68/four pieces.
> koala Bakery, g/F, coco Park, Futian District 福田购物公园负一楼,元气寿司斜 对面 (400 840 1789)
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Looking like something out of Alice in Wonderland, Nova is a culinary design masterpiece; you may want to admire every detail before digging in. RMB30. > midtown cake, 7 huang gang Liu Jie, yi tian Lu, huang gang Village, Futian District 福田 区益田路皇岗村皇岗六街17号铺, 近金马家居 (8361 3140)
Nothing beats the classics. Sims Bakery brownies are made with all organic ingredients and are delicious proof that desserts can be healthy. RMB10.
> Sims Bakery, Shop 104, 1/F, D Block Zhenxing Bldg, Sea world, Shekou, nanshan District 南山区海上世界振兴大厦D座1楼104铺 (2681 0123)
Langham Signature Cake
Want to go all out? This cake from The Langham, Shenzhen is the definition of a splurge. Made to impress, it’s filled with luxurious, handmade Valrhona chocolate. RMB688.
> treasures & Scent, 2/F, the Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Dadao (by nongyuan Lu), Futian District 福田区深南大道 7888号深圳朗廷酒店 (8828 9888)
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Kaiserschmarren Emperor’s Mess By Natallia Slimani
on’t let the long name give you the wrong idea. Kaiserschmarren (literal translation: Emperor's mess) is not the title of a German heavy metal band (though it would be a pretty good one). Kaiserschmarren are chopped pancakes – a longtime favorite in Austria and Germany. Legend has it we owe this treat to a failed attempt at an omelet, but whether or not the story is true, we’re happy it’s led to this recipe!
Ingredients: 6 eggs 350-400ml milk 180-200g finely ground flour 3 tbsp crystal sugar, for the topping 2 tbsp raisins 1 packet (8g) vanilla sugar A dash of rum Some grated lemon rind A pinch of salt Approx. 50g butter for frying 1 tbsp of butter shavings and crystal sugar, for caramelizing Sugar and cinnamon to taste, for dusting Preparation: 1. Place the raisins in a bowl, mix with the rum and leave to stand for 15 minutes. Separate the eggs and put the yolks in a mixing bowl. Pour in the milk, flavored with grated lemon rind and vanilla sugar, and add the flour. Mix for a smooth dough.
2. Beat the egg whites with the crystal sugar and a pinch of salt until it forms a firm peak, then fold into the dough. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. 3. Let the butter melt in one large or two small (coated) heatproof dishes. Pour in the mixture and after one to two minutes scatter the soaked raisins over the top. Cook the underside until light brown, turn over using a spatula and bake for six to eight minutes in the oven until golden brown. 4. Tear the ‘schmarren’ into small pieces using two forks. Scatter the butter shavings over the top, sprinkle with some crystal sugar and caramelize on high heat. 5. Remove from the grill and arrange on pre-heated plates. Dust with icing sugar and cinnamon and serve with homemade applesauce.
> this recipe is courtesy of chef christoph moser of haxnbauer, L1c-055B, 1/F, coco Park, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District 福田区福华三路星河购物公园一楼 (8359 2080)
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The Fantastic Four By Natallia Slimani
Greasy, gourmet, meaty and veggie: this is an ode to those double-decker delights. A proper sandwich can be tough to find in Shenzhen, so we did our best to round up the leading pack. From classic and simple to inventive and complex, here are our top four picks:
The Grilled Cheese
Is there really anything better than grilled cheese? This greasy, stretchy melt is a great snack on the go and a perfect midnight pick-me-up. RMB58. > cheers Bar and restaurant, Shop 60, coastal rose garden, wanghai Lu, nanshan District 南山区蛇 口望海路南海玫瑰园60号 (2683 2864)
A meaty variety, this spicy Cuban sandwich comes with folded slices of roast pork and an abundance of cheese. This baby originated in early Cuban immigrant communities before making its way to Miami and, ultimately, Shenzhen. RMB68. > chill's world Famous hot Dogs & hamburgers, 92 hai chang Jie, Shekou, nanshan District 南山区 蛇口海昌街92号 (132 0227 1527)
The Grilled Salmon
This juicy hunk of grilled salmon is squeezed between two slices of ciabatta bread and topped with pickled vegetables, wasabi mayonnaise and crispy lotus chips. RMB109. > Element Fresh, B130-210, 1/F, Zone B, Sea world, Shekou, nanshan District 南山 区海上世界广场B区B130-210号 (2681 4848)
The Philly Cheese Steak
Dating back to the 1930s, the Philly cheese steak sandwich combines thinly sliced beef and lots of melted cheese in a soft hoagie roll. RMB73. > the tavern, 306, Sea world, taizi Lu, Shekou, nanshan District 南山区太子路海上世界广场一期 B区306 (2669 1939)
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Take It Off
By Ziyi Yuan, Photos by Daniel MH Chun
t’s getting hot in here, so take off all your clothes… The wisdom of popular 2002 hip-hop track ‘Hot in Herre’ is basically a ready-made commercial for Nakedholic – Shenzhen’s latest health food establishment. The theory behind the restaurant’s name seems to follow a pretty logical train of thought: it’s summer, you may want to get naked and, hence, you may want to start watching those calories. At least, that’s our best take on it. The other versions we’ve come up with are hardly print-worthy. Nakedholic is snuggled up to Love Fit Gym and is clearly itching to be the go-to postworkout hangout. Though it’s nestled in a
tight space, the venue manages to use it well. Like the food itself, the menu is vibrant and diverse. Owner Daniel Hon explains it was designed to satisfy the tastes of expats and locals alike. “For Chinese, it may be a little bit difficult to live without rice, so we have a rice bowl to meet their needs,” he adds. In addition to the many salad options, Nakedholic also offers more substantial dishes for those famished after a workout, like the beef rice bowl at RMB38. Each is listed together with the number of calories and volume per portion. The salmon quinoa salad (RMB48) is adorned with a homemade honey lemon dressing and boasts a taste unlike any other – thanks to the special sous vide cooking technique, says chef Oscar Zou. Among the more eclectic dishes is the fruity pink pizza (RMB38), which comes recommended for “young ladies” who would enjoy a sweeter combination of strawberries,
mango and mashed avocado. The pink color of the crust is achieved with a natural ingredient – beetroot. What’s a health restaurant without smoothies? At Nakedholic, all of them come at RMB25 and offer interesting flavor combinations. Very berry H2O+, containing juicy berry puree and vitamin water, is the shop’s signature drink. So, if you plan on getting naked in the next few months (the typical Shenzhen combo of humid heat and tempting swimming pools might make that decision for you), Nakedholic is here to help prep your bod and curb those dangerous cravings. Price: RMB80 Who’s going: naked people, gym buffs, health food junkies Good for: after-work hangouts, fruity pizzas, getting back in shape
> Inside Love Fit, 1/F, Block 1, hongling Dasha, Futian District 福 田区红岭大厦一栋一层love ﬁt健身房内 (400 6088 578)
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A Hipster’s Paradise
By Natallia Slimani, Photos by Mike Jordan
f there’s ever been a city in desperate need of a cool vegan hangout, it would be Shenzhen. Just look at us. With two Starbucks at every corner, startups popping up like complaints after a new iPhone release and a frantic worship of creativity, we are practically San Francisco. And now we have a place in town with a cool name, cool location, cool decor and a 100-percent vegan menu, which is, well, cool. Green Room is the new (and, as far as we know, the only) expat-owned vegan restaurant in Shenzhen. It’s a multi-faceted, colorful and lively hub for all things hip. From the earthy decorations to dim lighting and a funky buzz, Green Room feels like Hollister – with food. And the food is amazing. You may be vegan or you may not, but taste is taste. And once you taste what Green Room has prepared, a meatless life may seem quite fulfilling. With our WeChat feeds overflowing with Green Room dish recommendations and rocking reviews, we came prepared. On a Wednesday night and just two hours before closing, Green Room is packed. Yet, our orders arrive at the second-floor table so promptly we barely have time to set up our camera. Eggplant roll ups (RMB70) are our first choice and live up to the hype we’ve seen online. Tender, flavorful and rich with cream cheese, they melt in our mouths and swiftly disappear from the plate. Wait a second – cream cheese? Is this dish not vegan or are our taste buds playing tricks on us? The latter: the rolls, like everything else in the restaurant, are absolutely vegan, and what we taste is skillfully prepared tofu. So, if somewhere in the middle of your meal you feel the urge to exclaim, “now that can’t be vegan!” we feel you. Next we dig into the juicy, organic kale salad (RMB40/60), which sparks a debate on whether or not the plant can be found in Shenzhen and if yes, why didn’t we know? It’s impossible to say no to the walnut cashew mushroom burger. At RMB90, it 6 0 | m ay 2 0 1 6 | S Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m
comes with oven-baked potato wedges and Asian coleslaw. The burger is tall, substantial and well complemented by confident, zesty flavors of coleslaw. Leaving Green Room without trying the restaurant’s signature desserts is almost disrespectful – especially since dessert is how it all began. Stephanie, Green Room’s proud visionary, got the town talking when she started making vegan ice cream, or ‘Nicecream’ as she calls it. The frozen dessert is listed on the menu in three different flavors. There’s also a delectable cheesecake (RMB50), served in a jar and bursting with natural coconut flavor. The verdict? We’re coming back. For the Thaiinspired coconut soup, wild mushroom pate, baked falafel bites and all the other goodies we didn’t get to try. Plus, the people are pretty awesome. Dining at Green Room feels somewhat like attending a hippie peace rally – the cause is great, the people are rad and there’s nowhere else you’d rather be.
Price: RMB150 Who’s going: vegans, vegans, vegans and their friends Good for: hipster hangouts, cool parties, planning a revolution > 1/F, B block, tiley Fame city, 10, wen Xin San Lu, nanshan District 南山区文心三路10号天利名城B 座一楼 (136 4140 6225)
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The Best Slice in Town BY Natallia Slimani, photos by Mike Jordan
I don't care if you're doing haute cuisine or burgers and pizza, just do it right,” famous American chef Grant Achatz once said. This may well be the life and cooking motto of Yael Palaccio, Samking’s charismatic pizza chef who came all the way from Provence to show Shenzhen the meaning of a good slice. Samking is a small restaurant in the lesser-known area of Futian – Baihua Cultural Centre. With a robust menu that features pizzas and synchronized extras, Samking is probably the one and only pizza place in town that can be described as a boutique. The limited menu is not a harbinger of further expansion – the restaurant merely plans to keep it simple and focus on items it does best. “I know pizza,” says Yael. Having studied under the best in Europe, he is passionate about his craft and about sharing the art of pizza making in Shenzhen. After our conversation, we have little doubt about the artistic components involved. “80 percent of the skill in pizza goes into the crust,” he continues. “The rest is selecting and combining toppings, sauces and so on.” Just as we settle in for a course in pizza making 101, our order arrives. The margherita (RMB48 for 9-inch, RMB68 for 12-inch) is probably as classic as you can get with pizzas, and, truth be told, we did not have our pencils sharpened
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to note down anything extraordinary. But boy, were we wrong. The flavor was off the charts and the proportion of the ingredients spot on. Laid out on a thin base that was crunchy in all the right places, the toppings left us hopefully eyeing the last piece. Some may think we’re getting way too excited over the prospect of a delicious slice, but if you’re based in Shenzhen, we think you understand. Despite our city’s host of local pizzerias, there is still no obvious place to ring come Friday night. But with Samking and Yael, we can finally see some light at the end of the tunnel. “A good pizza is something different to everyone.” This is another
piece of culinary wisdom we pick up from Yael. “But you need to have the basics right,” he continues. We listen and munch on, scoping the menu for other flavors to try. There are the Roman holiday and Mediterranean pizzas (both RMB48 small, RMB68 large), Mexican pizza (RMB58/78), top scorer pizza (RMB68/88), a student special at RMB38 and more. You can pair your pie with fish and chips or order one of the many natural smoothies, from sweet strawberry to nutritional taro. What does the future hold for Samking? According to Yael, it holds many more branches in the city and maybe even beyond. As for us, we have our Friday pizza troubles solved. To quote our staff photographer: “This is the best pizza I’ve ever had in Shenzhen.” Price: RMB50-80 Who’s going: pizza lovers, crust connoisseurs Good for: date night, grabbing a slice, dinner before the movies
> 1/F, Baihua cultural center, Futian District 福 田区百花文化中心1楼萨姆王 (159 8988 4020)
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In Fine Feather by Natallia Slimani
o you know a good bar around here? No matter how long you’ve called Shenzhen home, there’s a fair chance you’ve heard this question more than once. How you answer pretty much defines you as an individual in the eyes of the inquirer: partygoer, heavy drinker, cheap Charlie, overspender or the popular “this guy is probably not from around here.” Okay, it may not be quite that dramatic, but knowing a solid bar in town can be a powerful weapon to pull out at friendly gatherings or first time meet-ups. Meet Peacock, a funky new bar located directly opposite All City Mall. Though it’s only been open a few weeks, the place left us foraging for a seat on a Tuesday night. Lee Wenbo, one of the owners, speaks fluent French – the result of years studying abroad – and has already coped with his share of disappointments in Shenzhen’s nightlife during his four months back. “I like to meet up with people; I like to drink real, not fake alcohol,” he says. So after failing to find a bar that fits those qualifications, Lee decided to open his own. The first thing that catches our attention is the music. Unlike many other bars we’ve been given the chance to review, Peacock plays the subtle card when it comes to tunes – both in style and volume. A relaxing mix of R&B and hip-hop does not barge into your
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head, but makes its way gradually, with due respect to your eardrums. Peacock is also one of the few bars in town that is a great platform to meet new people as well as hold a private party away from prying eyes. You can relax in the couched area on the first floor or head upstairs for a game of pool and an unobstructed view of the bar stand below. The drinks arrive promptly and instantly state their presence with bold looks. The whisky sour and Mai Tai (both RMB80) are classics, but Peacock adds a few twists of its own, enticing us to come back. Our absolute favorite, though, is the pepper and lava (RMB80) – a cocktail that is spiky, spicy and undeniably manly. Served with red chilies, the drink is set on fire when it’s delivered, calling for brave imbibers and, we think, a
round of applause. “There are always new things in my bar,” Lee smiles, and we don’t doubt it for a second. Stocked with exclusive French wines and innovative cocktails, Peacock is shaping up to be a very promising arrival. And you’d better hurry up – Lee plans to roll out the red carpet and make the bar an after-party spot for cool music events in the city. Price: RMB100-200 Who’s going: the cool kids, musicians, French wine aficionados Good for: relaxing with good music, craft cocktails, bold flavors
> Shop 136, Block 4-7, north Side, Zhouyue weigang mingyuan, Zhongxin Lu, nanshan District 南山区中心路卓越维港名苑北 区4-7群楼136铺 (188 1907 4585)
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D.U.B St 23
Drinking in Dublin
By Terence Collins, photos by Mike Jordan
ilson, the entrepreneurial owner of D.U.B St 23, laughed when I asked him to explain the pub’s name. He’d studied in Holland, he said, but found true love when he visited Dublin, which inspired the first part of the appellation. As for the 23, well, it’s his lucky number. Dublin and its friendly taverns enthralled Nilson so much in fact that he returned to China with a mission – to recreate a similar pub-like experience in Nanshan. So far, his take on an Irish watering hole, nestled in Coastal City, comes pretty damn close. Small, charming and welcoming, its tables seat around 20 people, with a standup bar that can accommodate another 20 or more. No matter where you sit, a panoramic view of the humming plaza outside will open before you, adding fresh intrigue
Mysterious Potions By Ziyi Yuan, PHOTOS BY DANIEL MH CHUN
to the night. By establishing his own pub, Nilson didn’t only want to replicate the look and feel of a typical Dublin hangout, but the food and drink too. His choice of beer differs somewhat from authentic Ireland suds, but in a wonderful way. The locale houses Stella Artois, one of Belgium’s classic pilsner brews. Guests can enjoy and taste a wide variety of premium whiskies as well.
tanding before A01, we pondered whether the bar would bear any resemblance to the tailored clothing shop by the same name. It sounds highly unlikely, and yet, an expensive looking suit and shiny cufflinks gleamed through the first floor window display, teasing our intuition. Tired of guessing, we pushed open the door and strolled in. If you’ve ever imagined yourself as a secret agent, sneaking around corners or spying on another’s reflection, A01 is the place to do it. The venue is veiled in mystery, from the intriguing decor to the rather strict set of rules for the patrons – raise your voice too loud and security guards will escort you from the premises. If only we had something like that for the Shenzhen Metro… Having introduced the (very strict) code of conduct, Payne Huang, the owner, invited us to inspect the menu. Filled with intriguing illustrations, it took us some time to absorb all the options. We finally settled on appetizers, which, in hindsight, is an obvious place to start. The beer-battered fried chicken and American-style Buffalo wings (both RMB75), were a blissful pile of greasy indulgence. You can’t really go wrong with fried food in a bar though, and we had come for the drinks. Jasmine likes it (RMB95), is a vodkabased cocktail with fresh basil leaves. Its jazzy taste comes with just enough alcohol to get you in the party mood. Dark have (RMB100) is a gentleman’s
The menu at D.U.B. St 23 specializes in hamburgers, made from premium Australian beef, with an assortment of accompaniments that will satisfy any palate. Tasty sauces, veggies and French fries complement the burger menu, which is priced reasonably (less than RMB80 for most patties). If hamburgers don’t strike your fancy, there are a wide variety of rich pastas, pizzas, German sausages and potato wedges to choose from. As much as you’ll love the comfort food, however, what you’ll really treasure is the wee bit of Dublin spirit you come away with after a night of refreshing pints and good company. If you’re not sure what we mean, maybe it’s best to head to D.U.B. St 23 right now and experience it for yourself.
> 2/F, coastal city Shopping Plaza (next to greta), 33 wenxin wu Lu, nanshan District 南山区文心五路33号海岸城购物中心 2楼天台广场正中间, greta旁 (8397 2323)
drink, infused with a fierce aftertaste that suits serious talks and cigars. Sadly, we were unable to try one of the main specialties – hawthorn gin tonic (RMB90) – but managed to get a sip of another signature creation, rose spritz (RMB90), based on a light white wine. Dale Degroff’s mint julep (RMB90) is another innovative brew, served in a tumbler glass with a well-balanced mix of Evan Williams bourbon and Massenez Creme De Peche. The evening faded into glass after glass of dizzyingly delicious potions, leaving us a bit hazy on details of the interior. What we do know, however, is that the food was great and the cocktails even better. Cheers to a memorable night, A01. Mission accomplished. Price: RMB200 Who’s going: wealthy partygoers, undercover spies Good for: whispering, drinking alone
> 1/F, Enrich Business Service, Sea world, Shekou, nanshan District 南山区蛇口海上世界英瑞商务楼一侧 (2161 5180)
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The Revolutionary Aesthetics of Effects Pedals Workshop
Documentary of Faust Film
Smile Asia Week Charity
Freeform to the Future: WFMU's Music and Independent US Radio Workshop
At this unique workshop, Brian Turner will discuss WFMU radio's unique independent history, freeform philosophy as opposed to genre-specific programming, internet-based methods and ways to network with artists and labels to build a community station. > Sat May 14, 2-4pm; free. A3+, North Side, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城创 意文化园北区A3+ (8633 7602)
Founded in 2001 by Oliver Ackermann, Death By Audio is a small handmade effects pedal company that provides pedals for bands such as Lightning Bolt, Wilco, Nine Inch Nails and U2. In the lecture held at A3+ in OCT Loft this month, the company will take you though its journey in design, recording techniques, the theory of sound perception in live spaces and more. > Sun May 15, 2-4pm; free. A3+, North Side, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华 侨城创意文化园北区A3+ (8633 7602)
For anyone unfamiliar with the group’s work, Faust were at the forefront of a German musical movement characterized by progressive, textured layers of sound fused in live concerts. Julien Perrin’s documentary follows the two founding members, Jean-Hervé Peron and Zappi Diermaier (with newcomer Amaury Cambuzat), as they travel to their small rural origins of Wümme, exploring the band’s foundation and the legacy they’ve left behind > Sat May 14, 4.30-6pm; A3+, North Side, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城创 意文化园北区A3+ (8633 7602)
Mandarin Open House (Shenzhen) Language Mandarin Open House is a community language learning activity held by one of the top Mandarin traning centers in China. On top of exchanging insight into the rich and challenging aspects of living and working in Shenzhen, participants can also learn practical, daily Chinese phrases and more about popular topics that locals like to talk about, including food, celebtities, dating, traveling, job hunting and more. For more information, please contact Mandarin House at info@mandarin. com. > Sat May 7, 1-3pm. Rm 1118, 11/F, Xinhua Baoxian Dasha, 171 Mintian Road, Futian 福田区 民田路171号新华保险大厦1118室 (400 633 5538 www.mandarinhouse.com)
MICS Macau DJ Festival Party Coinciding with the Macau International Clubbing Show, this DJ festival opens its gates to music fans on May 18-20 and will add a bold dynamism to the trade show. For the second year running, the festival is teaming up with Club Cubic – the largest and more prestigious club in Macau – to bring fans the world’s most renowned international DJs and upcoming talents. This year, the show is expected to draw in over 3,000 fans and will feature elite DJs Megan Daniels, Sonny Wharton and ARTY, who will keep the party rocking all night long. > Wed-Fri Mar 18-20, 10pm-6am, HKD240-280. Club Cubic, City of Dreams, Macau 澳门 路凼区金光大道新濠天地Hard Rock酒店2楼, 娇比俱乐部 (Cubic) (755-2383 4572, www. TicketFlap.com/MICSDJ)
Tan Dun’s Martial Arts Trilogy Concert
World famous composer and conductor Tan Dun, widely known for his scores in movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero, will be in Shenzhen this month for a unique concert featuring his soundtrack hits. Tan also composed the music for the medal ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and is considered one of China’s most successful contemporary composers. Come by this month and dive into the action with Tan’s energizing beats that tell stories of challenges, victories and bravery. > Mon May 8, 8pm; RMB380-1,880. Shenzhen Poly Theatre, 33 Wenxin Wu Lu, by Haide San Dao, Nanshan District 南山区文心五路33号保利文化广场 (8637 1698)
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The Ritz-Carlton hotels of Asia Pacific are set to hit a new milestone this week for Smile Asia, a global alliance of independent charities. With the launch of a new fundraising event, Smile Asia Week kicks off on May 2 and will run through May 8. Come taste specially crafted cakes sold to raise funds for the international medical charity, which gives children with cleft lips or palates brand new smiles. > Daily May 2-8; RMB288 per Smile Cake (Valrhona Chocolate and Banana Cake). 116 Fuhua San Road, Futian District 福田区 福华三路116号 (2222 2222)
Faust Gig Inventors of ‘Krautrock’ and iconoclasts extraordinaire, Faust is at the forefront of the German musical movement. Improvising with industrial noise, bizarre hypnotic grooves and every conceivable musical genre, they’re in Shenzhen this May to present the performance of a lifetime. > Sat May 14, 8pm; RMB80 for presale, RMB100 at the door. B10 Live, North side of Bldg C2, North District, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城创意文化 园北区C2栋北侧B10现场 (8633 7602)
Ovo Gig One of the most active bands in the noise-rock scene, Ovo have gained global recognition for their original style and unique presentation. With over 700 gigs and numerous releases, including albums, singles, collaborations, tracks on compilations and DVDs, the duo has played in almost every country of the world. This month, Ovo will visit Shenzhen for the Tomorrow Festival, which is shaping up to be a truly memorable event. > Wed May 11, 9.20pm; RMB80 for presale, RMB100 at the door. B10 Live, North side of Bldg C2, North District, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城创意文化园 北区C2栋北侧B10现场 (8633 7602)
Lord of The Alien Seas by Die from Sorrow Gig Founded in 2003, the melodic death metal band Die from Sorrow are psyched to introduce audiences to their new album Lord of The Alien. After more than 13 years performing on stage, the band is in town with five new songs and a stunning presentation. > Sun, May 15, 9-10pm; RMB60 for presale, RMB80 at the door. Brown Sugar Jar, Block 5, Huangguan Technology Park, Tairan Jiu Lu, Futian District 福田区车公庙 泰然九路皇冠科技园5栋 (189 3867 9176)
American Twin Sisters Christina & Michelle in Piano Concert Concert Christina and Michelle Naughton have captivated audiences throughout the globe with the unity created by their mystical musical communication. Their orchestral engagements took them to prime performing locations around the globe and now bring them to Shenzhen for a mesmerizing performance. > Sat May 7, 8pm; RMB80-180. Shenzhen Concert Hall, 2016 Fuzhong Yi Lu, Futian District 福田区福中一路2016号, 深圳音乐 厅 (400 003 9992)
Phew Gig Phew, a former Japanese punk legend and one of the most influential voices in music today, will be performing in Shenzhen as part of Tomorrow Festival. Phew started her musical career as singer for Aunt Sally, a famous punk band from Kobe who rocked the stage from 1978 to 1979. In 2013, Phew embarked on a solo career, which pushed her to explore analog synthesizers, vintage drum machines, and advanced visuals. > Thu May 12, 8pm; RMB80 for presale, RMB100 at the door. B10 Live, North side of Bldg C2, North District, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城创意文化 园北区C2栋北侧B10现场 (8633 7602)
Naturally 7 R&B Concert As part of the A Cappella Musical Festival, Naturally 7 invites you to ease into a groovy night of R&B at their concert. Join the group at Shenzhen Concert Hall for a mix of modern and traditional genres in a lively performance that is guaranteed to get you moving. > Sat May 21, 8-10.30pm; RMB80-480. Shenzhen Concert Hall, 2016 Fuzhong Yi Lu, Futian District 福田区福中一路 2016号, 深圳音乐厅 (400 003 9992)
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Extraordinary Love and Romance by Shen Zhoulai Art Exhibition
Shen Zhoulai’s exhibition Extraordinary Love and Romance is all about emotions. Featuring stunning depictions of the sea and sky, the display promises to take visitors on a thrilling journey of scenic sights and sensations. > Daily Mar 25-Jun 13, 11am-10pm; free. Inout, B109-110, Sea World, Nanshan District 南山区海上世界广场 B109-110里外 (8221 1288)
Pablo Bartholomew Exhibition
Alice in Wonderland Dance “Curiouser and curiouser!” yelled the young protagonist in Alice in Wonderland, and so may you after witnessing this spectacular dance performance. The routine tells one of the most enigmatic fairy tales of the 19th century through, wait for it, belly dance! Directed by Jillina Carlano, this sensual take on Alice in Wonderland will debut in Shenzhen this month and is not to be missed. > Sun May 22, 8pm, RMB100-480. Shenzhen Poly Theatre, 33 Wenxin Wu Lu, by Haide San Dao, Nanshan District 南山区文心五路33号保利文化广 场 (8637 1698)
Russian Little Birch Tree Dance Troupe Dance
Displaying the works of Pablo Bartholomew, an Indian photographer and photojournalist and the proud recipient of two World Press Photo awards, this exhibition takes visitors back to the 70s and 80s and exposes the photographer’s intriguing view of the world. > Daily, Apr 17-May 16, 9am-6pm; free. Daqian Art Centre, 602, E6, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District 南山区华侨城文化创意 园E6栋602 (2601 1800)
Founded over 60 years ago, the Russian National Little Birch Tree Dance Troupe incorporates traditional Russian folk dance and classical ballet techniques into an unforgettable performance that showcases the best of Russia’s rich artistic culture. > Sun May 15, 8pm, RMB100-480. Shenzhen Poly Theatre, 33 Wenxin Wu Lu, by Haide San Dao, Nanshan District 南山区文心五路33号保利文化广 场 (8637 1698)
The Future of Fashion is Now Exhibition Explore the future of fashion and don’t forget to dress up! This exhibition brings together the latest generation of fashion designers and takes a critical view of the current apparel industry. Expect a medley of fresh designs and edgy new looks. > Daily, Mar 26-July 31, 10am-5.30pm; RMB15 on Sunday-Monday, free on Tuesday. OCT Art and Design Gallery, 9009 Shennan Dadao, Nanshan District 南山 区华侨城深南大道9009号 (3399 3222)
Outdoor Garden Barbecue Set Dinner Deal
The 2nd Shenzhen Canadian Wild Lobster Festival Buffet
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Salmon Delights Buffet
Rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, deep-sea salmon is one of the healthiest seafood options around. Seasons Restaurant at Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen is showcasing this delicacy in a luxurious buffet with an abundance of variations: salmon cold noodles, sashimi salmon rolls, smoked salmon and cream cheese pancakes and much, much more. > Daily until Jun 30; 5.30-10pm; RMB328 plus 15 percent service charge. Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen, Haide San Dao, Houhai Bin Lu, Nanshan District 南山区后海滨路海德三 道凯宾斯基酒店 (8888 8888) 6 8 | m ay 2 0 1 6 | S Z | w w w.t h at s m a g s . c o m
Celebrate the warm weather and sunny days with an outdoor barbecue dinner at Wyndham Grand Shenzhen. Enjoy a varied selection of grilled dishes such as squid skewers, New Zealand mussels, Japanese barbecue mackerel pike, Chinese salty fragrant yellow croaker and more. > All month, 5.30-10pm; RMB169 per person. Vintage Bar, 1/F, Wyndham Grand Shenzhen, 2009 Caitian Lu, Futian District 福 田区彩田路2009号温德姆至尊豪廷酒店一楼 (8299 8888)
Harvested in the icy waters of the north Atlantic coast of Canada, the hard-shelled Canadian Atlantic lobster proudly holds the title ‘king of seafood.’ It is delicious, highly versatile and one of the most nutritious sources of protein you can find. Join in this month and enjoy an extravagant lobster buffet at Café Pavilion with 200 lobsters prepared by some of the city’s best chefs.. > Daily, Apr 1-Jun 1; 6-10pm; RMB488 plus 15 percent service charge. Café Pavilion, 1/F, 4002 Huaqiang Road North, Futian District 福田区华强北路4002号圣廷苑酒店一楼 (8207 8888)
hotel news St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central Named ‘Best New Hotel in Macau’ at TTG China Travel Awards 2016
The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central won Best New Hotel in Macau at the 9th Annual TTG China Travel Awards 2016 in Shanghai. This prestigious event honors stellar travel suppliers across airlines, hotels and resorts, serviced residences and travel service companies in the region. “The St. Regis Macao is thrilled to receive the prestigious accolade of Best New Hotel in Macau from the TTG China Travel Awards 2016,” said Janet McNab, managing director of Sheraton Grand Macao Hotel, Cotai Central and The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central. “As the newest addition to the Cotai strip, The St. Regis Macao offers a much more diversified experience for a new generation of luxury travelers.” The St. Regis Macao, Cotai Central features 400 lavishly appointed guestrooms and suites, ranging from 53 to 477 square meters. The hotel’s esteemed restaurant, The Manor, reflects Macau’s reputation as a word-class gastronomic destination.
Venice Hotel Shenzhen Italian Chef Wins China Pizza Championship 2016 The 25th Hotelex Shanghai was held in Shanghai New International Expo Centre from March 29 to April 1. Covering an area of more than 200,000 square meters, Hotelex Shanghai is one of the largest and most influential trade shows serving China's hotel and food service sectors. The exhibition included a number of professional competitions, including the highly anticipated China Pizza Championship 2016, organized by Pizza New Spa, Shanghai UBMSinoexpo and Pizza e Pasta Italiana Magazine on March 30. The Venice Hotel is proud to announce Italian Chef Antonino Scordo emerged victorious in the cook-off and was crowned “China’s Best Pizza Maker.” Chef Scordo joined The Venice Hotel Shenzhen as the chief chef at Blue Italian Seafood and Grill Restaurant in January of this year. Under his guidance, the hotel hopes to offer a creative and exclusive dining experience to its guests.
The St. Regis Welcomes New Chef In order to fully understand a country’s culture, one needs to try the food that carries it. Elba Italian Restaurant on the 99th floor of The St. Regis Shenzhen is well known for its authentic presentation of rich Italian cuisine. Now, the restaurant is pleased to welcome Chef Raffaele Serafini, who will lead Elba Italian Restaurant to new culinary heights. Raffaele Serafini hails from the Italian city of Rimini, steeped in gastronomic traditions going back to the Roman age. Chef Serafini has abundant experience working in many distinguished hotels and restaurants, namely Sheraton Padova, Sheraton Genova, Splendido in Portofino, Luxury Collection Cala di Volpe, U Barba Restaurant in Milan, Collage in Bucharest and most recently, The St. Regis Venice. With his unique understanding of Italian cuisine and diverse cooking methods, Chef Serafini is ready to impress patrons with the fascinating flavors of Italy.
The Langham, Shenzhen Unveils New International Afternoon Tea Journey The Langham, Shenzhen’s new French Executive Pastry Chef Kevin Lee has created an International Afternoon Tea Journey based on classic recipes and insights into the tradition gathered from traveling the world. In the course of his career mastering the sweet art of desserts, the adventurous chef has traveled from his native France to discover teatime specialties in over 20 countries and cities, including London, Rome, Miami, Tokyo, Singapore and Phuket. Favorite pastries and delicacies from his global odyssey now inspire his International Afternoon Tea Journey, served daily with a choice of premium teas. With a menu adjusting to fresh seasonal produce and gourmet ingredients, the debut summer selection includes Tropical Afternoon Tea, made from a fiesta of abundant fresh fruits; Very Berry Afternoon Tea with seasonal berries; Lobster Afternoon Tea with jet-fresh Boston lobster, as well as Duke’s Chocolate Afternoon Tea made with rich cocoa shavings. “Desserts are beloved worldwide, and traveling is a great inspiration to discover how the afternoon tea tradition extends internationally everywhere, in a multitude of shapes and forms,” Pastry Chef Kevin Lee concludes.
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Seasons 2/F, Kempinski Hotel Shenzhen, Haide San Dao, Houhaibin Lu, Nanshan District (8888 8888)
四季西餐厅 , 南山区后海滨路海德三道凯宾斯基酒 店2楼
Shenzhen Kitchen JW Marriott Hotel Shenzhen Bao'an No 8 Baoxing Lu, Bao'an District (2323 8888) 宝安区宝兴路8号
Silk 2/F, The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8828 9888)
福田区深南大道 7888 号深圳朗廷酒店 2 楼
Element Fresh 1/F, Zone B, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2681 4848) 南山区蛇口海上世界广场B区1层
Social 96/F, St. Regis Shenzhen, 5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District (8308 8888 ext.1832)
秀餐厅 深圳瑞吉酒店罗湖区深南东路 5016 号
BUFFET Café Chinois JW Marriott Hotel, 6005 Shennan Dadao, Futian District (2269 8230)
The Show Kitchen 32/F, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Baoan Nan Lu, Luohu District (2218 7338)
乐厨 , 罗湖区宝安南路 1881 号 深圳君悦酒店 32 楼
廷韵咖啡厅 , 福田区华强北路 4002 号圣廷苑酒店 1 楼廷韵咖啡厅
Café Zen 1/F, Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen, 4088 Yitian Lu, Futian District (8828 4088) 鲜 Café 福田区深圳福田香格里拉大酒店一楼
Café Zentro 1/F, The Venice Hotel Shenzhen, 9026 Shennan Dadao, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (2693 6888 ext. 8117, firstname.lastname@example.org)
南山区华侨城深南大道 9026 号深圳威尼斯酒店 1 楼
Coffee Garden 2/F, Shangri-La Hotel (east of Railway Station), 1002 Jianshe Lu, Luohu District (8233 0888)
香咖啡 , 罗湖区建设路 1002 号香格里拉酒店 ( 火 车站东侧 )2 楼
Coffee Shop 1/F, Grand Mercure Oriental Ginza Hotel, Zhuzilin, Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8350 0888 ext. 88605)
Coffee Shop 西餐厅 , 福田区深南大道竹子林东方 银座美爵酒店 1 楼西餐厅
Flavorz 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, 116 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (2222 2222) 全日餐厅, 福田区福华三路116号深圳丽思
Foo 6/F, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen, 138 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8826 8700)
馥餐厅 , 深圳四季酒店 深圳市福田区福华三路 138 号6楼
Fusion Café 1/F, The Pavilion Century Tower, 4014 Huaqiang Bei Lu, Futian District
菲苑咖啡厅 , 福田区华强北路 4014 号圣廷苑酒店 世纪楼一楼菲苑咖啡厅
Grand Kitchen 3/F Wyndham Grand Shenzhen Hotel, 2009Cartian Road, Futian District Shenzhen, Guandong(8299 8888) 趣味自助餐厅 福田区彩田路2009号3楼
Mercado InterContinental Shenzhen, OCT, 9009 Shennan Dadao, Nanshan District
广场咖啡厅 , 深南大道 9009 号华侨城深圳华侨城 洲际大酒店
旧天堂书店 南山区华侨城侨城创意文化园北区 A5 栋 120 铺
Onyx Lounge 1/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, 116 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (2222 2222)
Café Marco 1/F, Marco Polo Hotel, Fuhua Yi Lu, Futian District (8298 9888 ext. 8358) 马高 , 福田中心区马哥孛罗酒店 1 楼
Blue 3/F, Venice Hotel Shenzhen, 9026 Shennan Dadao, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (2693 6888). 南山区华侨城
Eatalicious NB119, Bao’neng All City, 2233 Zhongxin Lu, Nanshan District (3688 0992)
Onyx 大堂酒廊 , 福田区福华三路 116 号深圳丽思 卡尔顿酒店 1 楼
意餐 南山区中心路 2233 号宝能 All City 购物中心 NB119
Palm Court The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8828 9888)
Elba 99/F, St. Regis Shenzhen, 5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District.(8308 8888)
福田区深南大道 7888 号深圳朗廷酒店
欧尔巴 , 罗湖区深南东路 5016 号深圳瑞吉酒店 99 层
Seasonal Tastes 1/F, The Westin Shenzhen, 9028-2 Shennan Dadao, Nanshan District (8634 8411, www.westin.com/shenzhen)
The Grill & Bar 2/F, Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen, 5 Guihua Lu, Futian Free Trade Zone, Futian District (8358 8662)
知味全日餐厅 , 南山区深南大道 9028-2 号深圳益 田威斯汀酒店 1 楼
Street D Café 101-1, 1/F, Business Street, Huifang Garden, Xuefu Lu, Nanhai Dadao, Nanshan District (2606 6797)
迪街咖啡 , 南山区南海大道学府路荟芳园商业内街 1 楼 101-1
万豪西餐厅 , 福田区深南大道 6005 号金茂深圳 JW 万豪酒店
Café Pavilion 1/F, The Pavilion, 4002 Huaqiang Bei Lu, Futian District
Old Heaven Books Shop 120, Bldg A5, Phase II, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District (8614 8090)
Belle-Vue 37/F, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Bao’an Nan Lu, Luohu District (2218 7338) 悦景餐厅, 罗湖区宝安南路1881号深圳君
扒房·酒吧，福田区保税区桂花路 5 号深圳福朋喜 来登酒店 2 楼
La Terrazza 1/F, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Baoan Nan Lu, Luohu District (2218 7338) 罗湖区宝安南路 1881 号深圳君悦酒店 1 层
Mezzo 2/F, Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel, Great China International Exchange Square, 1 Fuhua Yi Lu, Futian District (8383 8888)
福田区福华一路 1 号大中华国际交易广场大中华喜 来登大酒店 2 楼
Milano Italian Restaurant Bar & Pizzeria 1/F, Anhui Bldg, 6007 Shennan Dadao, Chegongmiao, Futian District (8358 1661) 米兰意大利餐厅, 福田区车公庙深南大道
The Drawing Room 96/F, St. Regis Shenzhen, 5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District (8308 8888 ext.1468)
La Maison Shop 108, Rose Garden I, Wanghai Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2685 7030) 南山区蛇口望海路南海玫瑰园一期108号
Paletto Italian Restaurant 2/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, 116 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (2222 2222)
Emily's Cafe Shop 1, Phase 2, Peninsula City, Shekou, Nanshan District (2689 3469)
L'epicerie No. 35, Phase 2, Nanhai Rose Garden, Wanghai Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2668 7246)
南山区蛇口半岛城邦二期 1 号商铺
The Exchange 1/F, Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel, East Wing, Great China International Exchange Square, Fuhua Lu, Futian District (8383 8888) 怡聚轩西餐厅，福田区福华路大中华国际交易广场 大中华喜来登酒店1楼
Fix Deli 1/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, 116 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (2222 2222)
Pipette 1/F, InterContinental Shenzhen, 9009 Shennan Dadao, OCT, Nanshan District (3399 3388 ext. 8581)
GERMAN Baodenburg Brauhaus 1/F, Jinyuelai Hotel, 2 Xieli Lu, Longgang District (2890 7122)
La Piazza 1/F, The Venice Hotel Shenzhan, 9026 Shennan Dadao, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (2693 6888 ext. 8113)
Bierhaus No. 117, Sea World Plaza, Taizi Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2669 9591) 德瑞坊啤酒餐厅, 南山区蛇口太子路海上世
Library 100/F, St. Regis Shenzhen, 5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District (8308 8888 ext. 1459/1455)
大堂酒廊 , 福田区深圳福田香格里拉大酒店一楼
The Lounge 33/F, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Bao’an Nan Lu, Luohu District (8266 1234)
旅行者，罗湖区宝安南路 1881 号深圳君悦酒店 33 楼
The Lounge JW Marriott Hotel, 6005 Shennan Dadao, Futian District (2269 8220) 福田区深南大道6005号金茂深圳JW万豪酒店
Q Café Restaurant & Bar G/F, 999 Royal
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Lobby Lounge 1/F, Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen, 4088 Yitian Lu, Futian District (8828 4088)
Prego 3/F, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Landmark Shenzhen, 3018 Nanhu Lu, Luohu District (8217 2288) 罗湖区南湖路
深南大道 9009 号华侨城 , 深圳华侨城洲际大酒店
Fix 美食屋 , 福田区福华三路 116 号深圳丽思卡尔 顿酒店 1 楼
藏书阁 , 深圳瑞吉酒店罗湖区深南东路 5016 号 100 层
福田区福华三路 116 号深圳丽思卡尔顿酒店 2 楼
Brotzeit L1C-055B, 1/F, Coco Park, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8359 2080)
Lowenburg Deck 5-7, Minghua Cruise, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2689 2668) 南山区蛇口太子路明华轮5-7层
Paulaner Brauhaus C-005, Huanchuan Square, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2668 7230) 南山区蛇口海上世界环船 广场C-005
ITALIAN Baia B301, Sea World, 8 Wanghai Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2681 8836)
pho nam Shop B26C, Link City Passage (near Coco Park), Futian District
越品 , 福田区连城新天地 B26C 商铺 (8255 7048)
La vie A2-39, Poly Cultural Plaza, Houhai, Nanshan District
越鼎记 , 南山区后海保利文化广场 A2-39 (8628 7826)
Muine No. 219, 2/F, Garden City, 1086 Nanhai Dadao, Nanshan District (2681 7828); Shop 203, L2/F, Coco Park, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8693 7310)
Celebrate or let loose with Stella Artois! Indulge in a Stella Artois at the following establishments. Element Fresh 1/F, Zone B, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2681 4848)
Idutang Bldg F3, OCT-Loft, Nanshan District (2691 1826)
Upmarket chain restaurant Element Fresh has finally opened its first Shenzhen branch in Shekou with lifestyle branding already on point. Featuring nutritious and delicious food, the menu includes breakfasts, a variety of salads, sandwiches, pastas, desserts, fresh juices and smoothies. Using only the freshest, in-season ingredients, Element Fresh promises customers a tasty and nutritious meal. Large windows and subdued lighting systems make the restaurant a nice and relaxing place to eat at. With a second-floor outdoor terrace, the Sea World location provides customers an attractive venue with nice view.
Consistently one of the most popular spots in OCT-Loft, Idutang knows how to stand out, even amongst an elite crowd. Known as a restaurant and bar, Idutang is divided into indoor and outdoor sections. Surrounded by bushes, the L-shape outdoor terrace is airy yet private, perfect for a casual meal during the weekends. With a foosball table by the door, large bar with attentive bartenders and a spacious indoor seating area, Idutang is the perfect place to order some wines or beers with friends while enjoying live music performances on stage.
南山区蛇口海上世界广场 B 区 1 层
Simplylife Sea World 101-103, Zone B of Sea World Plaza, Shekou (2669 2406) 星美乐海上世界 蛇口海上世界 B 区 101-103
Palm Court The Langham, Shenzhen, 7888 Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8828 9888) 福田区深南大道 7888 号深圳朗廷酒店
Afternoon tea has been a Langham Hotel legacy for more than a century. Continuing with the tradition, guests are invited to enjoy the Langham’s signature afternoon tea served in fabulous Wedgwood chinaware at Palm Court, the stylish lobby lounge in the Langham, Shenzhen. The afternoon tea set menu includes scones, cakes, smoked salmon and ham, as well as Earl Grey tea. With professional and friendly services, Palm Court offers a nice venue for gatherings with friends and business networking.
一渡堂 , 南山区华侨城创意文化园内
X-Ta-Sea Sports Bar & Restaurant Inside the Minghua Ship (enter the Cruise Inn Hotel door and turn left), Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2686 7649)
海洋之星 , 南山区蛇口海上世界明华轮船明华轮 酒店大堂左侧
The Tavern Sports Bar No. 306, 3/F, Area B, Sea World, Taizi Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2669 1939)
致盛餐厅 , 南山区蛇口太子路海上世界 B 区 3 楼 306 室铺
Located on the third floor of a five-star hotel, Prego is not only famous for the quality of its food but also friendly and professional services. The menu includes pastas, pizzas and seafood; to assure customers experience an original taste of Italy, Prego is committed to cooking with only the finest imported ingredients. For drinks, selected wines and mineral water are available upon request. With decor modeled after an Italian bistro and traditional Italian music, Prego is an elegant dining option that aficionados of Italian cuisine should not miss. Club Viva No. 140, Coco Park, Fuhua Lu, Futian District (2669 7365)
喂哇俱乐部 , 福田区福华路城建购物公园 140 号 地铺
挪威森林酒吧 福田区深南中路 1095 号新城市广 场酒吧街 D 栋
First Meet C101, Sea World Plaza, Shekou, Nanshan District (8827 8696) 初见缘南山区蛇口海上世界广场 C101
George & Dragon British Pub No. 3 (behind Taizi Hotel), Taizi Lu, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2669 8564)
Samuel Smith's 1/F, Hai Ya Bin Fen City, 99 Jianan Yi Lu, Bao'an Distrcit (2328 7363)
Eagle Bar OCT Bay, 8 Baishi Dong Lu, Nanshan District, Shenzhen (8654 1082)
Sunset Cafe Bar No. 147, Coco Park, Mintian Lu, Futian District
Spicy Shell Seafood Unit 001-002, 3/F, Block 3, Area A, Sea World Plaza, Shekou, Nanshan District (8628 9393)
Bang Bar No. 138, Coco Park, Mintian Lu, Futian District (8860 1818)
圣乔洽西餐厅 , 南山区蛇口海上世界太子路太子 宾馆一楼后排 3 号商铺
老鹰吧 , 南山区白石东路 8 号欢乐海岸
Prego 3/F, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Suites Landmark Shenzhen, 3018 Nanhu Lu, Luohu District (8217 2288)
Circle Bar Bldg D, Shenzhen International Bar Street, Zhongxin Citic Plaza, 1095 Shennan Zhong Lu (across from Starbucks), Futian District (2598 9998)
加辣比海鲜餐厅 南山区蛇口海上世界船前广场 A 区 2 栋 3 层 001-002 铺
Hana Pizza Bar & Restaurant Bldg G1-2, International Leisure Street East, New City Plaza, Shennan Lu, Futian District (6186 1850)哈拿吧, 福田区深南中路新城市广场国际
Coko Bar Shenzhen International Bar Street, Zhongxin Citic Plaza, 1095 Shennan Zhong Lu (across from Starbucks), Futian District (2598-9998) 酷客吧(中信城市广场店) 福田区深南中路1095 号新城市广场酒吧街
Water Front Bldg G1, Shenzhen International Bar Street, Zhongxin Citic Plaza, Shennan Zhong Lu (across from Starbucks), 1095 Futian District (2598 9998)
水岸吧福田区深南中路 1095 号新城市广场酒吧 街 G1 栋
森美尔啤酒吧， 宝安区 宝安 5 区建安一路 99 号海雅缤纷城一楼 ( 香缤广场对面 )
三色吧 , 福田区民田路购物公园酒吧街 147 号
邦吧 , 福田区民田路购物公园酒吧街 138 号
Banana Leaf L1C-076, Bar Street, Coco Park, 269 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8284 6655)
蕉 叶 南 亚 站， 深 圳 市 福 田 区 福 华 三 路 269 号 COCOPark 国际风情酒吧街 L1C-076 号
Run Bar,Bar Street, Coco Park, 269 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8358 6711)
深圳市福田区福华三路 269 号 COCOPark 国 际风情酒吧街
Miu Bar Bar Street, Coco Park, 269 Fuhua San Road, Futian District (8358 6711)
深圳市福田区福华三路 269 号 COCOPark 国 际风情酒吧街
D Cup Bar Street, Coco Park, 269 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8358 6711)
深圳市福田区福华三路 269 号 COCOPark 国 际风情酒吧街
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南山区南海大道 1086 号花园城中心第 2 楼 219 号铺 ( 蛇口沃尔玛对面 ) ; 福田区福华三路 Coco Park L2-203
May 14 SAT
LATIN AMERICAN Amigos Restaurant and Bar 1) Shop E6, G/F, Carriana Friendship Center, Renmin Nan Lu, Luohu District (6133 9993); 2) 1/F, Honglong Hotel, Sea World, 32 Taizi Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2683 5449)
欧蜜戈墨西哥餐厅 1) 罗湖人民南路佳宁娜广场 1 楼 E06 商铺 2) 南山区蛇口 3 号太子 路海上世界 鸿隆公寓首层
M83 Live in Hong Kong, 8pm, HKD480. KITEC-Starhall (www.pklive.com) French electronic music band M83 is coming to Hong Kong as part of their 2016 world tour. The band’s name is an abbreviation for Messier 83 – a spiral galaxy in the Hydra constellation 15 million light years away. Prepare to be taken away!
May 12 THU
Hamlet, 3.40pm, HKD240. Palace APM (www.cinema.com.hk) Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy. Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.
May 20 FRI
Latina 001-C004, Zone C, Sea World Plaza, Shekou, Nanshan District (2667 7697) 南山
Senor Frogs No. 57, Rose Garden Phase 2, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District. (2667 1155) 南山区蛇口玫瑰园二期57号 Tequila Coyote Cantina Shop 113, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District. (2683 6446); 2) No. 152, Coco Park, 138 Fuhua Lu, Futian District (8295 3332)
仙人掌餐厅 1) 南山区蛇口海上世界商铺 113 号 ; 2) 福田区福华路 138 号购物公园 152 号
OTHER WESTERN 360°Bar, Restaurant & Lounge 31/F, Shangri-La Hotel (east of Railway Station), 1002 Jianshe Lu, Luohu District (8396 1380)
360°西餐酒廊 , 罗湖区建设路 1002 号 ( 火车站 东侧 ) 香格里拉大酒店 31 层
Deli Leisure Shop 5-6, L1/F, Wongtee Plaza, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8252 7135)福田区福华三路皇庭广场L1层5-6号商铺 Doors Chillout Lounge 6-21 Xuefu Lu, Nanshan District (8630 8114) 南山区学府路6-21
Olivia Newton-John Live in Hong Kong, 8pm, HKD488-1,288. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Grand Hall (www.hkticketing.com) Olivia Newton-John’s appeal seems to be timeless. Since her last concert in Hong Kong back in 2012, loyal fans have been awaiting the return of the vibrant and creative singer, actress, songwriter and philanthropist. Now, she is back in town for a stunning evening of music that is sure to be remembered for years to come!
May 13-15 FRI-SUN
Affordable Art Fair 2016, 12-9pm at Friday; 11am-7pm during weekend, HKD150. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 3DE (www.hkticketing.com) Looking to decorate your humble abode with creative artwork but don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for it? Then pay a visit to Affordable Art Fair’s 4th edition. Held from May 13 to May 15, the exhibition will showcase thousands of artworks from over 110 local and international galleries – all priced between HKD1,000 to HKD100,000.
May 13-26 FRI-THU
Le French May 2016, 8pm, various prices. (www.hkticketing.com) Since its creation in 1993, Le French May has grown to become one of the largest French arts festivals in Asia staging over 500 French-themed events around the city. Join in for two weeks of visual arts, classical and contemporary music, dance, multi-arts performances, cinema and fashion.
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Grange Grill 25/F, The Westin Shenzhen Nanshan, 9028-2 Shennan Dadao, Nanshan District (8634 8431)
威斯汀扒房, 南山区深南大道9028号-2深圳益田 威斯汀酒店25层
Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, 8pm, HKD580-900. AsiaWorld Expo (www. pklive.com) Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike are a Belgian and producer duo of brothers Dimitri and Michael Thivaios. They currently hold the number one spot on DJ Magazine’s annual Top 100 DJs poll. Not a Friday night to miss for all electronic music lovers!
May 28 SAT
Grape 1 Yanshan Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2668 7777). 葡逸餐厅 , 南山区蛇口沿山路 1 号
Jenergy Shop No. 01 He Zheng Ming Yuan, 16 Xinwen Lu, Futian District (8389 2686) 福田区新闻路16号，合正名园 1号商铺
The Grill 2/F, Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai, 1177 Wanghai Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2162 8888)
南山区望海路 1177 号蛇口希尔顿南海酒店 2 楼
The Grill & Bar 2/F, Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen, 5 Guihua Lu, Futian Free Trade Zone, Futian District (8358 8662)
扒房·酒吧 , 福田区保税区桂花路 5 号深圳福朋喜 来登酒店 2 楼
The Kitchen No. 144, Coco Park, 138 Mintian Lu, Futian District (2531 3860)
现 场 厨 房 , 福 田 区 民 田 路 138 号 城 建 购 物 公 园 144 号
The Lounge 33/F, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Baoan Nan Lu, Luohu District (2218 7338)
Taste 3/F, Four Points by Sheraton, 5 Guihua Lu, Futian District (8359 9999 ext. 88667)
桂花酒店 , 福田保税区桂花路 5 号福朋喜来登酒店 3楼
Willy's Crab Shack 18 Shiyun Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (8827 8002) 南山区蛇口新街 石云路18号 (www. willyscrabshack.com)
PIZZA Kiwi Pizza 1) B14 Underground Commercial Street, Coco Park, Futian District (8329 2299); 2) No. 8 Outlets Minkang Lu, Longhua District; 3) No. 125, Area A, North Park, Shopping Park, Mintian Lu, Futian District 纽奇比萨 1) 福田区购物公园负一层地铁
商业街B14铺; 2) 龙华新区民康路八号仓奥特莱斯; 3) 福田区民田路购物公园北园A区125
Lou Palacio Pizza 1/F, No. 40, Bldg A, Poly Cultural Center, Nanshan District (8628 7109) 帕拉休，南山区保利文化广场A区40号店铺
NYPD Pizza 1) Shop FL1015, Central Walk, Fuhua Yi Lu, Futian District (8887 6973); 2) No. 26, Haichang Jie, Shekou, Nanshan District (8887 6973)
纽约批萨1) 福田区福华一路中心城FL1015商 铺; 2)南山区蛇口海昌街海尚国际裙楼26号铺 ( 近新一佳)
Pizza Express Shop 568, 5/F, the MixC, 1881 Bao'an Nan Lu, Luohu District (2215 9036) 罗湖区宝安南路1881号万象城5楼
Southeastern Sambal B102, Century Place, Shennan Lu, Futian District (2264 1000) 桑芭桑芭 福田区深南中路世纪汇商场负一层 B102号
Thai up No.108, 1/F, Tianli Mingcheng, Haide Er Dao, Nanshan District (8667 5585) 南山区海德二道天利名城一楼108号
Yes Thai Cuisine 1) 3/F, Shopping Park, 269 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (2531 3918) ; 2) 2) No.517, 5/F, Coastal City, Haide Yi Dao, Nanshan District (8635 9929); 3) 3) L410, KK Mall, 5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohuo District (2290 0333); 4) 4) 6A, OCT-Bay, 8 Baishi Dong Lu, Nanshan District (8281 9918); 5) 3/F, B Area, Seaworld, Nanshan (2162 6000); 6) 2/F, Jiufang Shopping Center, Renmin Lu, Longhua District (2949 3311); 7) 4/F, Jiuzhou Vanke Square, Longxiang Dadao, Longgang District (8926 3966)
1) 福田区福华三路 269 号购物公园 3 楼 ; 2) 南山 区海德一道海岸城 5 楼 517 号 ; 3) 罗湖区深南东 路 5016 号京基百纳空间购物中心 L410; 4) 南山 区白石路东 8 号欢乐海岸 6A 号 ; 5) 南山区海上世 界 B 区 3 楼 ; 6) 龙华新区 人民路九方购物中心二 楼 ; 7) 龙岗区 龙翔大道九洲万科广场 4 楼
罗湖区宝安南路 1881 号深圳君悦酒店 33 层
Mama’s No. 110-111, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District. (2686 2349) 南山区蛇口海上世界 110-111 号商铺
McCawley's Bar & Grill Shop 109, Bldg 7, Phase 3, Rose Garden, Shekou, Nanshan District (2667 4361). 南山区蛇口南海玫瑰园三期 7 号楼 109 号商铺
Tomomi Itano ASIA TOUR 2016, 8pm, HKD280-880. KITEC-Starhall (www. pklive.com) Tomomi Itano, a former member of the popular Japanese girl band AKB48 will be in Hong Kong as part of her 2016 Asia Tour with an energetic performance of passionate lyrics and stunning stage effects.
McCawley’s Irish Bar & Restaurant Shop 118, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2668 4496)
Burger & Lobster 1) Shop 65, B1/F, Wongtee Plaza, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8252 4694); 2) 2/F, B Block, SCC, 9 Wenxin San Lu, Nanshan District (6190 3010) 1)福田区福华三路皇庭广场B1楼65号铺; 2) 南山 区文心三路9号中洲控股金融中心B座二楼
Shark 1) Shopping Park B, Mintian Lu, Futian District (8203 1999) 2) West of Bar Street, Sea World Squae, Shekou, Nanshan District (2602 9569) 鲨鱼餐吧 1) 福田区民田
路购物公园B区一楼 2) 南山区蛇口海上世界西侧
Champs Bar & Grill 2/F, Shangri-La Shenzhen, Luohu Dist. (8396 1366) 罗湖区香格里拉大酒店 2 楼
Decanter 100/F, St. Regis Shenzhen, No.5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District (8308 8888-1459/1455) 品酒阁 深圳瑞吉酒店罗湖区深南东路5016号 100层
Face Club,4/F, MixC Mall Phase II, No.1881 Bao'an Nan Lu, Luohu District(8266 6699).
罗湖区宝安南路 1881 号万象城第二期卡地亚楼上 四楼
Malt 100/F, St. Regis Shenzhen, No.5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District (8308 8888-1459/1455) 天吧，深圳瑞吉酒店罗湖区
The Penthouse 38/F, Grand Hyatt Shenzhen, 1881 Baoan Nan Lu, Luohu District (2218 7338) 罗湖区宝安南路1881号深圳君 悦酒店38层
The St. Regis Bar 96/F, St. Regis Shen-
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zhen, No.5016 Shennan Dong Lu, Luohu District (8308 8888-1468)
瑞吉吧 深圳瑞吉酒店罗湖区深南东路 5016 号 96 层深圳瑞吉酒店罗湖区深南东路 5016 号 99 层
UNTIL MAY 29
Hong Kong Independent Film Festival Macau Indies Vision, 2.30pm/5pm/7.30pm/9.30pm; MOP60. Small Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre (www.macauticket.com) The Macau Indies Vision of Hong Kong Independent Film Festival will play some inspirational small-budget, independent movies, animated films and documentaries. Their topics range from martial arts, cancer and mountaineering to music, painting and the Macanese.
The 27th Macao Art Festival, for specific programs, please visit www. icm.gov.mo The 27th edition of Macao Arts Festival (MAF), themed Time, will launch under the slogan ‘Reshape Your Imagination: Experience the Spirit of the Times.’ With 27 captivating programs that fall into seven categories (Thematic Highlights, Groundbreakers, Cross-Disciplinary Creations, Family Entertainment, Quintessence of Tradition, Concerts and Exhibitions), MAF is the perfect occasion for audiences to appreciate the classics refined through time.
MAY 14 sat
Club Viva No. 140, Fuhua Lu, CoCo Park, Futian District (137 9825 6176) 福田区福华路城建购物公园 140 号
Craft Head Nano Tap House West Shop, Bldg 161, Crossing of Huanggang Gongyuan Yi Jie and Shuiwei Ba Jie, Futian District (136 6229 2253) 福田区皇岗公园一街与水围
Curv Bar 1/F, The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen, 116 Fuhua San Road, Futian District (2222 2222)
福田区福华三路 116 号深圳丽思卡尔顿酒店 1 楼
Duke’s, The Langham, Shenzhen, No. 7888, Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8828 9888). 福田区深南大道7888号深圳朗廷酒店 Evening Show 4-5/F, Building 2, Huanggang Business Center, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8270 8888; 8278 3999;137 2435 3542). 福田区福华三路卓越世纪中心 2 号楼裙楼 4-5 层
Executive Lounge 25/F, Grand Mercure Oriental Ginza Shenzhen,Shennan Da Dao Xi,Futian District (8350 0888)
Frankie’s No.33-34, Building 3, Gui Huayuan Garden, Fenghuang Dao, Guihua Lu, Futian Free Trade Zone (8271 9220)
福田保税区桂花路凤凰道桂花苑花园 3 栋一层 33-34 号铺
La Casa No.139 Coco Park, Fuhua Lu, Futian District. (8290 3279)
UNTIL MAY 27 SAT-SUN
悦坊 福田区福华路城建购物公园 139 号
Abstract Paintings Exhibition 10am-7pm; MOP5. Macao Museum of Art, Av. Xiao Xing Hai (www.mam. gov.mo) After studying fine arts in Portugal and France in 1952, native Macanese artist Luís Luciano Demée started building his career in Portugal under the heartening wave of abstract painting. His artworks are colorful, magnificent or elegant, reflecting different stages of life. In addition to showcasing Demée’s works, the exhibition will also display abstract paintings by other Macanese painters.
JUNE 4, 5, 9
SAT, SUN, THU
Lavo Bistro & Lounge 1M/F, Room 1B, Tower 3, Kerry Plaza, No 1, Zhongxin Si Lu, Futian District (8899 9676; 8255 7462)
福田区中心四路一号嘉里建设广场 T3 栋 1M 层 1B 室
McCawley’s Irish Bar Shop 151-152, Coco Park, Futian District. (2531 3599) 福田区购物公园 151-152
O! Garden No. 138, Mintian Lu, Futian District. (8889 6999) 福田区民田路 138 号购物公园
Pepper Club, 2/F, Shopping Park, Fuhua Lu, Fustian District (8319 9040). 福田区福华路购物公园二楼
Skyline Bar Hui Hotel, Block 401, 3015 Hongli Xi Lu, Futian District (8830 5555)
福田区红荔西路 3015 号 401 栋 ( 红荔路与福华路 交界 ) 回酒店
Sports Bar 7/F, Grand Mercure Oriental Ginza Shenzhen, Zhuzilin, Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8350 0888 ext. 88605) 体育吧 福田区深南大道竹子林东方银座美爵酒店
Vintage Bar 1/F Wyndham Grand Shenzhen Hotel, 2009Cartian Road, Futian District Shenzhen, Guandong(8299 8888) 温吧 福田区彩田路2009号3楼
Xpats Bar & Lounge FL1016 & FL1017 (next to NYPD), East Side Walk, Central Walk Shopping Mall, Fuhua Lu, Futian District (8280 1352) 福田区福华路中心城东面 1016-1017 铺
Rubber Duck Macau Tour, 10am6pm; theme games, Macao Science Centre; Rubber Duck Garden, Macau Fisherman’s Warf (853-2870 6222) Florentijn Hofman, a Dutch artist known for his urban art installations devised giant, floating yellow ducks, which have been displayed around the world in Amsterdam, Osaka, Sydney, Hong Kong and many other cities since 2007. The huge rubber creature will take over the sea between the Macao Science Centre and Kun Iam Ecumenical Centre. You can follow its path and have fun in a series of themed activities.
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Yi Bar & Lounge 6/F, Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen, 138 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8826 8900) 逸廊吧 深圳四季酒店6楼, 福 田区福华三路138号
Macao International Dragon Boat Races, time TBC; Nam Van Lake Nautical Center (www.macaudragonboat.com) This year’s Macau International Dragon Boat Races will see teams from Hong Kong, Japan, the US, the Philippines, China, Thailand, Singapore, Korea, Australia and Europe. The Macao International Dragon Boat Races have grown to become a grand-scale sporting event. Every year, thousands of athletes, based both locally and abroad, participate in these thrilling races.
福田区深南大道西东方银座美爵酒店 25 楼
Feast of the Drunken Dragon, Morning; Kuan Tai Temple (near Senado Square) The Feast of the Drunken Dragon, also known as the Drunken Dragon and Lion Dance Gala, is a traditional folk festival celebrated by fishmongers in Macao, which later developed into an annual festivity on the eighth day of the fourth month of the lunar calendar. The celebration usually features ‘drunken dances’ with wooden dragons, lion dances and distributions of ‘longevity rice’ for good fortune.
Club Viva International Bar Street, West of Seaworld Square, Shekou, Nanshan District. (2669 7365)
NANSHAN Volfoni Bar&Grill Shop 32, Coastal Garden II, Wanghai Lu, Shekou (2688 3381)
蛇口望海路南海玫瑰园二期 32 号
Boomerang, A1-39, Poly Cultural Center, Hou Haibin Lu, Nanhai Dadao, Nanshan District (8655 2054).
回旋镖酒吧，南山区后海大道后海滨路保利文化中 心 A1-39 号
Cheers Gan Bei Bar Shop 60, Coastal Rose Garden II, Wanghai Lu, Shekou (2683 2864) 蛇口望海路南海玫瑰园二期 60 号商铺干杯酒吧
CJW OCT BAY No.15 Qushui Bay, OCT BAY, No.8 Baishi Lu. Nanshan District (8639 5266) 欢乐海岸CJW南山区白石路东8号
The George & Dragon. The quintessential British pub; good draft beers, ales, stout, cider, hearty pub food,w BBQ's, screening non-stop sports, secluded beer garden. Your home away from home. George & Dragon British Pub Shop No.3, Back of Taizi Hotel, Taizi Lu, Seaworld Plaza, Shekou, Nanshan District (2669 8564).
南山区蛇口海上世界太子路太子宾馆一楼后排 3 号 商铺
Eden Garden Rooftop Bar 16/F, Hilton Senzhen Shekou Nanhai, 1177 Wanghai Lu, Nanshan District 伊甸园屋顶酒吧，南山区望海路1177号蛇口希尔 顿南海酒店16楼
Laffa 12pm-2am, G/F, Fuzon Hotel, No.1 Kanle Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District (2682 7888) 南山区蛇口康乐路 1 号金銮富众酒店地下
McCawley’s Irish Bar Shop 118, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2668 4496) 南山区蛇口海上世界广场118号 Penny Black Jazz Cafe Shop 134, Building A5, OCT Loft Phase II, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (8609 8585).
黑邮票爵士咖啡，南山区华侨城创意文化园北区 A5 栋 134
RMK (Rumaku) No.4 B-10 Shenzhen Software Industry Base, Haitianyi Lu, Nanshan (137 5113 1489) 南山区海天一路深圳市软件产业基地4栋B座裙 楼10号
Snake Pit Shop 20, Phase 2, Rose Garden, Wanghai Lu, Shekou, Nanshan District. (130 4883 7140) 南山区蛇口望海路南海玫瑰
The Tavern Sports Bar 3/F, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2669 1939, www.tavernchina.com) 南山区蛇口海上世界广场 B 区 306
The Terrace Above Starbucks, Seaworld Plaza, Shekou, Nanshan District (2682 9105)
南山区蛇口海上世界广场 2 楼星巴克楼上
V Bar 2/F, The Venice Hotel Shenzhan, No.9026 Shennan Daodao, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (2693 6888 ext: 8015) 深圳南山区华侨城深南大道 9026 号
威尼斯酒店 2 楼
X-TA-SEA 1/F, Cruise Inn, Sea World, Shekou, Nanshan District (2686 7649) 南山区蛇口海上世界太子路明华轮酒店 1 楼
Viva Dental L2/F, Galaxy Center Shopping Mall, No.5, Zhongxin Lu, Futian District (2361 8563;2361 8565) 福田区中心五路星河
Dental Bauhinia 9/F,Block B,Shenzhen International Chamber of Commerce Tower,138 Fuhua Yi Lu,Futian District,(8371 1696, 8371 2696) http://www.dentalbauhinia.com 紫荆齿科 福田区福华一路138号
Victoria Dental Room 1510, Tower 3A, Excellence Century Center, Fu Hua San Lu, Futian District.(8837 3300) 维港齿科, 福田区
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Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen Summer Buffet Promotion Café Zen of Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen presents its new summer buffet with a wide selection of imported seafood and the typical seasonal delicacies. Guests are welcome to enjoy Café Zen’s signature desserts, gourmet cheeses, BBQ and pasta stations, Western and Asian regional specialties and more. Choose between four different dining options. Go in for a casual weekday lunch available from Monday to Saturday or relax after a day of work over a weekday dinner open from Sunday to Thursday. Weekend specials include a weekend dinner from Friday to Saturday and a sumptuous Sunday brunch – great for attending with friends and family. Weekday Lunch (Monday to Saturday): RMB218 Weekday Dinner (Sunday to Thursday): RMB318 Weekend Dinner (Friday and Saturday): RMB368 Sunday Brunch: RMB328 All prices are subject to a 15 percent service charge and 6 precent valueadded tax. > café Zen, Futian Shangri-La, 4088 yi tian Lu, Futian District 福田区益田路4088号 (2151 3838)
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Yes Thai Cusine Teppanyaki Thai Style Thai food has always been a popular choice among Shenzhen residents. To give the people what they want, Yes Thai has opened a new branch in 9 Square Mall of Huaqiang Bei. The new restaurant will introduce its patrons to Thai style teppanyaki, seafood curry and mojitos. As visitors sit back and sample the latest creations, they can watch dishes made live in the open kitchen. > 5/F, 9 Square, huafu Lu, huaqiang Bei, Futian District 福田区 华强北华富路九方购物中心五楼 (8252 3946)
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Komachi Journey To Japan
Pavilion Hotel Lobster Extravaganza
Komachi, a new Japanese restaurant and sake bar in Coco Park, offers authentic Japanese delicacies and a variety of imported sake. The trainshaped eatery invites you to discover flavors from Kagoshima to Hokkaido, with lots of exciting stops in between. A great place to relax and catch up with friends over dinner to the vibes of energizing pop, Komachi is best known for its fresh seafood, drinks and unique interior design.
Seafood connoisseurs often refer to the hard-shelled Canadian Atlantic lobster as the ‘king of seafood.’ It is not only delicious, but also highly versatile and one of the most nutritious sources of protein you can find. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll know why it’s king. Join the lobster festival at the Pavilion Hotel this month, where talented chefs will cook and serve 200 lobsters for a sumptuous buffet dinner. Each guest will be able to order one lobster cooked on site according to the client’s preferences, whether stir-fried with chili and garlic, steamed with bell pepper sauce or roasted with Palma cheese. This supreme lobster dinner is a steal at RMB488; diehard foodies won’t want to miss out! Prices above are subject to a 15 percent service charge.
> B-132, north Side, Shopping Park, Futian District 福田区购物 公园北园B区132号 (8290 5806)
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INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL C-MER (Shenzhen) Dennis Lam Eye Hospital 1-2/F, Shengtang Bldg, 1 Tairan Jiu Lu, Chegongmiao, Futian District (4001 666 120, 3322 7188) 福田区车公庙泰然九路 一号盛唐大厦1-2层
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Dayabindu International Counseling & Psychology Services A1311, 13/F, Golden Central Tower, Fuhua Lu, Futian District (8280 2248). Individual & marriage counseling, psychotherapy, and trainings in English, Spanish & Putonghua(with interpreter). www.dayabindu.com
Shenzhen (Nanshan) Concord College of Sino-Canada 166 Nan’guang Lu, Nanshan District (2656 8886). www.ccsc.com.cn
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St. Lorraine Chinese-English Kindergarten 1) Tongjing Garden, Shadong Lu, Liantang, Luohu District (2582 4450) 2) Gemdale Haijing Garden, Xinzhou Nan Lu, Futian District (8330 3329). www.st-lorraine.edu. hk/zhenchun 1) 罗湖区莲塘沙东路桐景花园 2)
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UP We maximize infants & toddlers learning abilities. Rm 307 A/B/C, 3/F, East Pacific Square, Hongli Xi Lu, Futian District (8339 0166; 8339 0266) www.upchildren. com 福田区香蜜湖红荔西路东海城市广场三楼
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Jiahua Language School 1) Unit3106B The Modern International Fuhua Lu,Futian District (2396 0365 / 2396 0363) 2)12/F, Block B, New Energy Building, No.2239 Nanhai Dadao, Nanshan District (400 6089 228) 1) 福田区福华路现代国际大厦31层3106B
TLI (Taipei Language Institute) 1209A, Building C, Ming Wah International Convention Center, Seaworld, Shekou, Nanshan District (2161 8221) 南山区蛇口海上世界明华 国际会议中心C栋1209A
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Four Seasons Hotel Shenzhen 138 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (8826 8888) 深圳市福田区福华三路 138 号
Grand Hyatt Shenzhen No.1881 Baoan Nan Lu, Luohu District (8266 1234) www.shenzhen.grand.hyatt.com 罗湖区宝安南路1881号 Hilton Shenzhen Shekou Nanhai 1177, Wanghai Lu, Nanshan District
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Hilton Shenzhen Futian Town B, Great China International Finance Centre, 1003 Shennan Dadao, Futian District (2130 8888) 福田区深南大道1003号大中华国际金融
InterContinental Shenzhen 9009 Shennan Dong Lu, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (Exit C at the Huaqiaocheng metro station) (3399 3388).www.intercontinental.com 南山区华侨城深南东路9009号（地 铁华侨城站C出口）
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Shangri-La Futian Hotel No. 4088 Yitian Lu, Futian District. (8828 4088 )
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Sheraton Shenzhen Futian Hotel Inside the Great China International Exchange Square, Fuhua Lu, Futian District (8383 8888) 福田区大中华国际交易广场内
Sheraton Dameisha Resort 9 Yankui Lu, Dameisha, Yantian District (8888 6688) 盐田大梅沙盐葵路 ( 大梅沙段 )9 号
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The Interlaken OCT Hotel Shenzhen East Overseas Chinese Town, Dameisha, Yantian District (8888 3333). www.interlakenocthotel.com 盐田区大梅沙东部华侨城 The Langham, Shenzhen, No. 7888, Shennan Dadao, Futian District (8828 9888). 深圳朗廷酒店，福田区深南大道 7888 号
The Ritz-Carlton, Shenzhen 116 Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (2222 2222)
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The Westin Shenzhen 9028-2 Shennan Dadao, Nanshan District (2698 8888) www. westin.com/shenzhen 南山区深南大道 9028 号 -2
The Venice Hotel Shenzhen No.9026, Shennan Dadao, Overseas Chinese Town, Nanshan District (2693 6888)
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Wongtee V Hotel No.2028 Jintian Lu, Huanggang Business Center, Futian District. (8891 1111) 深圳皇庭V酒店 福田区金田路
Wyndham Grand Shenzhen 2009 Caitian Lu, Futian District (8299 8888)
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wChina-Italy Chamber of Commerce Rm220, 2/F, International Chamber Of Commerce, Fuhua San Lu, Futian District (Tel: 8632 9518; Fax: 8632 9528). www. cameraitacina.com 福田区福华三路国际商会中心 2 楼 220 室
Egypt-China Business Council (South China) Rm 201, 2/F Overseas Chinese Scholars Venture Building, southern section of High-Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan District (Tel: 8635 0900; fax: 8635 0901). 南山高新科技园南区留学生创业大厦 2 楼 201 室
European Union Chamber of Commerce Rm 308, 3/F Overseas Chinese Scholars Venture Building, southern section of HighTech Industrial Park, Nanshan District (Tel: 8635 0920; fax: 8632 9785). 南山高新科技园南区留学生创业大厦 3 楼 308 室
German Chamber of Commerce 217 Chinese Overseas Scholars Venture Building, Hi-Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan District. (8635 0487) www.china.ahk.de 南山区高新科技园南区留学生创业大厦 217
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Israel’s Trade mission to China Shenzhen Liaison Office Rm 306,Overseas Chinese Scholars Venture Building, southern section of High-Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan District (Tel: 2671 2226; Fax: 2671 2223). www.israeltrade.org.cn
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The American Chamber of Commerce in South China Rm 208, 2/F Overseas Chinese Scholars Venture Building, southern section of High-Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan District (Tel: 0755-2658 8342; fax: 0755-2658 8341). www.amcham-southchina.org The British Chamber of Commerce, Shenzhen Sub-Chamber Rm 314, 3/F Overseas Chinese Scholars Venture Building, southern section of High-Tech Industrial Park, Nanshan District (Tel: 2658 8350). 深圳市南山区 高新科技园南区留学生创业大厦3楼314室
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The Long March to Football Glory
Veteran English Coach Warns It Will Be a Bumpy Road by Matt Horn
Scary question– what will you be doing in 2050? Hopefully I will be an active 85-yearold, still obsessed with football, watching it both live and on TV either back home in the UK or in some exotic location. If President Xi Jinping has his way, one of the top nations I will be watching in the 2050 World Cup will be China. Last month, the president once again addressed his passion for the greatest sport on earth. His target, splashed across the world’s media, is for China to be a top Asian soccer power by 2030, before taking on the world two decades later. On a positive note, my gloomy prediction that China would have been out of the 2018 FIFA World Cup before the last edition of That’s hit the streets proved to be happily wrong. On a remarkable night of final group games, China beat Qatar 2-0 and then enjoyed a perfect storm of results to ensure they reached the last stage of qualifying. They are now chasing one of the top two spots in a group of six, which again includes Qatar but also South Korea, Uzbekistan, Iran, and war-torn Syria. The other group, which features Japan, Australia, Iraq, the UAE, Thailand and Saudi Arabia, looks much the tougher of the two. The fact is, having scraped into the last qualifying place, China will be an outsider when the competition resumes in Septem-
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ber. And according to a veteran English football coach, who has been working here for the past few weeks, it is going to be tough. It is two decades since I was regularly speaking to John Sainty in his role as first team coach under Dave Jones as Stockport County gained promotion to the second tier of English football. So you can imagine my surprise when I heard he was working with kids and coaches on football pitches in neighbouring Foshan. In fact, the former Spurs, Reading and Bournemouth player celebrated his 70th birthday a long way from home in March, with the gift being a massive culture shock. “At times we are training a mixed group of 70 schoolchildren and it has been tough,” he admits. John, aka ‘The Saint,’ is working for Kick Worldwide, a British company looking at taking coaches around the world in the hope of both developing and identifying talent. But he is aware that for China to progress his main role is to help develop the coaches who will be training kids long after he has left. “We are spending a lot of time trying to get ideas into the heads of both teachers and coaches,” he says. “Our main aim is to help the coaches as much as possible. But there are language and cultural difficulties. “We have been traveling around different schools and are coaching five hours a day,
seven days a week. It has not been easy. China has got to get the grassroots in order, and programmes like ours are trying to kick-start that. “I just don’t think football will ever be that big here. If China is to be a world power by 2050 it has a long way to go. I feel we can do a little bit here but the problem is people do not always listen.” John is still a scout for English Premier League side Bournemouth and admits they are casting their eyes east for talent. But as to whether any of the youngsters he has been working with will be part of China’s planned rise up the FIFA rankings, he is doubtful. For China to improve, it is essential foreign coaches like John Sainty get to work at grassroots level and are able to get their message across. If they don’t, China as a football power will remain President Xi’s unattainable dream. Guangzhou Evergrande kick off May with a dead tie against Sydney FC after the Asian Champions suffered an exit at the qualifying stage last month. A first win, 2-0 at Pohong Steelers, was rendered irrelevant when Sydney and Urawa Red Diamonds drew 0-0 the following night, ensuring they progress to the knockout stage. The target, in a far more competitive Chinese Super League, is now a sixth successive title while neighbours Guangzhou Fuli will be looking to lift themselves away from the bottom end of the table.
AT-HOME FIXTURES Guangzhou Evergrande Taobao May 3: ACL Evergrande v Sydney FC May 13: CSL Evergrande v Hebei CFFC May 29: CSL Evergrande v Shanghai SIPG
Guangzhou R&F May 22: CSL R&F v Changchun Yatai May 7: CSL R&F v Chongqing Lifan