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Housing Tax Changes Announced

HOME prices will now factor into calculations of housing title tax in Shenzhen, instead of the previous calculation that was based on home prices per square meter, housing officials announced this week.

The new policy splits Shenzhen’s 10 districts and new areas into six housing price zones, with different price caps that trigger a higher tax rate. Homes sold for less than 3.9 million yuan (US$632,212) in Futian and Nanshan districts, for example, are subject to a title tax of only 1 percent of the total home price, provided they also are smaller than 144 square meters. Read more »

Shenzhen Angel International Marathon 2013 --- A Gala for Running Enthusiasts

“I concentrated on running and had practiced hard to achieve a good result in Shenzhen’s race. I want to thank the people who cheered for me on the way. I was happy to hear their voices,” said Asefa, who was born in 1988 and completed the 2013 Shenzhen Angel International Marathon in two hours, 12 minutes and 29 seconds.


The Dec 8th Shenzhen International Marathon successfully ended, African runners won the men and women’s division top 3.

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Clockenflap, Hong Kong’s premier and largest music and arts festival, attracted a record-breaking total turnout of 33,500 attendees for its 2013 three-day event, held at the West Kowloon Cultural District Promenade from November 29 to December 1, 2013.

由11月29日至12月1日連續三天於西九龍海濱長廊舉行的香港最大型音樂和藝術節 Clockenflap 吸引合共33,500人入場,大破大會過去入場人次紀錄。 Read more »

Get 200RMB of Free Transportation from Uber

Stuck at Luohu border without a ride?

Sick of haggling with drivers for RMB20?

How about the time your illegal cab driver charged you three times the normal price?

Never fear, Uber is here!


Uber - a technology platform that partners with high-end limo companies around the world, has now soft-launched in Shenzhen.


At the touch of a button, an Audi will come to your location and take you anywhere in downtown Shenzhen in style! Read more »

In Memory of Harry Cochran
Harry Cochran

Harry Cochran passed away on July 14, 2013 while riding his bike with his wife Jin Lan in Shekou.  Harry, a longtime resident of Shekou having moved here in March 2005, lived at Rose Garden 2 and of course like many American expats, had family and friends both here and in the USA.  

Harry leaves behind his wife in China, and in America two Daughters whom he loved dearly and five Grandchildren, our thoughts are with them and all his family at this time.

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The Origin of Luxurious British Afternoon Tea

Talking about “afternoon tea”, inevitably, British afternoon tea, as the quintessence of British tradition, would be first mentioned. In English society, it is a regal affair and there is a strict etiquette that is adhered to. Participating in this social rite in England is a one of its kind type experience. Read more »

Hong Kong Gets Ready for American Rock Sensation - The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Hong Kong

American alternate rock outfit The Smashing Pumpkins is ready to rock Hong Kong this summer! The Smashing Pumpkins Live in Hong Kong 2013 will be held on 13 August 2013 at AsiaWorld-Expo. Read more »

The Biggest French Food and Wine Festival in Hong Kong is Back !
Le French GourMay

For the fifth consecutive year, Le French GourMay will offer the people of Hong Kong and Macau one wh