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Top Places to Go for Trivia Night
Where do you find a bar or restaurant doing trivia night?

Many times when you're living in a big city or visiting a big city it becomes hard (sometimes) to find a great spot to mingle and make new friends. Shenzhen has become a great hub full of weekly restaurant events, white collar mingles, beach parties, pool parties – and the list goes on. These types of events are great when you're planning to go out with some friends, however, if you are a last minute planner who decides at the end of the day to find somewhere fun to mix and mingle, quiz nights are for you. Luckily, there is a growing community of quiz night locations all over Shenzhen that is perfect for making new friends, winning great prizes or enjoying quiz night specials. Read more »

Black+Blue Brings Western Favorites to Shekou
Black+Blue brings western burger, pasta, pizza and more to Shekou

Black + Blue has been open in Shekou for almost a year. One of the owners, Jet, is originally from Taiwan and came to the mainland towards the end of July last year. Shortly after his arrival, his current partner invited him to join in on a restaurant idea in Shekou. They wanted to make a vibrant combination menu including western style dishes which would include a strong push on Italian cuisines such as pizzas and pasta. From this concept came the creation of Black + Blue. Black + Blue focuses on pizzas and spaghetti but also has an assorted menu of brunch items, steaks, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

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HYPOXI Introduces Effective Weight Loss Spa at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, Luohu
HYPOXI offers easy and effective work outs with great results

In a big city like Shenzhen, it is noticeable that many fads come and go rather like in the food, shared bike or even hotel industry. Some trends stay for good, whilst the next best thing is slowly replacing others. One trend, however, that seems to be developing very well in Shenzhen is the fitness trend. With a growing awareness of staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle in such a work driven city like Shenzhen, sometimes the biggest frustration can be the lack of time to really focus on a dedicated daily routine. For professionals, staying fit is definitely something that's needed but not always a possibility due to time constraints. Read more »

Great Brazilian BBQ by Alehna at the InterContinental Shenzhen
Alehna offers authentic brazilian steakhouse experience

The InterContinental Shenzhenis the first themed hotel in Shenzhen offering a Spanish-themed hotel experience fit with festivals and events featuring: live Spanish dancing, pig roasts, special chef presentations and much more. Just recently, the hotel brought in new Executive Chef Francesco from Spain to redo the dining buffet with his authentic Spanish cuisine with dishes such as Paella and roasted pig. I have loved my experience every time I’ve had their dinner buffet and was shocked to find a hidden gem offering a unique style of buffet dining stemming from Brazil. Read more »

White Collar Fight Night Round 2! Interview with Ben Mathe
White Collar Fight Night (WCFN) Ends with 2nd Tournament with a Bang!

Project 0/1 pulled off yet another amazing fight night featuring many male and female matches. If you watched the previous fight, you will know it can get really intense, but this last match more than topped the cake with its very first match. To kick off the night, the first match ended in a TKO which is not intended for these types of fights as the gloves used are made for training purposes. Either way, by seeing this happen, you immediately feel that you’ve gotten your money’s worth and that the rest of the night is going to be a night of cheers and tears.

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Mon Saigon Brings a Vintage Fusion to 1979 in Futian
Mon Saigon Vietnamese Fusion with a Vintage Touch

Upcoming Hot Spots in Shenzhen

Shenzhen China has a few hot spots that I love to spend leisure time in and that locals and expats alike are very much familiar with. For instance, most who have lived in Shenzhen for some time will know that Shekou (namely Seaworld) is a great hot spot for the expat community with many international schools, restaurants and community events. Another hotspot that has recently exploded with a great diversity of dining and entertainment is Futian (namely Coco Park). I also love this area because many concept restaurants have come to this area making it a new hot spot for foodies and even expat families. Read more »

Jingshan Villas in Shekou Offers "Hometown Comfort" for Expats
Jingshan Villas is a perfect home away from home for foreigners

The Need For "Family Comfort" Overseas

With the rise of globalization, the world seems to be getting much smaller and more and more international travel and careers are becoming prominent among many countries. This is due to industries being taken over my specific countries, expansions happening across the globe by larger corporations or even expats who are chasing an opportunity abroad. Whatever the reason is, there seems to be a growing need for international communities around the globe where professionals can have a place to continue raising their children in an environment that educates them and supplies them with a “home away from home” feeling.

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Authentic and Amazing Thai Food at Terrace, Shekou
Amazing Thai cuisine by terrace

­Since living in Shenzhen, I’ve learned to appreciate a lot of hidden culinary gems around the city. Many times, we look at the popular branded hotels, restaurants, or bars for­ the “Best of the Best” – which is justifiable. But sometimes the “Best of the Best” is hidden in unfamiliar, or unexpected places - or even hidden in plain sight right in front of us. A great example is the Thai food at Terrace in Shekou’s SeaWorld Square.

Terrace opened in December 2005 and ever since has been one of the most popular places for locals and expats to party to live music. But there is a lot more to the Terrace story than just its epic live music party scene.

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Seasons Introduces Coconut Chicken Hot Pot to Shenzhen China
seasons coconut chicken, cold dishes and clay pot rice

In China, cities like Shenzhen, Shanghai, and Beijing have rapidly grown into modern and diverse cities. As I travel throughout China, I can see how modern food culture is developing and becoming more accepting and diverse – while traditions that have been around for over a thousand years are still strong and thriving despite the diversity and modernization of the cities. One such tradition that I’ve grown quite fond of is Hot Pot.  Hot pot originated from Mongolia over a thousand years ago with the Jin dynasty where the main ingredients were horse, mutton, or beef. As the years passed by it spread throughout southern China and began to diversify with the addition of seafood. Read more »

Les 5 Chefs Brings Quality Traditional Dining
Les 5 Chefs by Caroline offers traditional favorites

A Restaurant with a Long History

Les 5 Chefs was founded by Harry and Claudio. Harry came to Shenzhen China working in quality control and realized that the traditional European dishes that he loved back home were not available in local restaurants. After meeting his partner Claudio, they both opened the Les 5 Chefs cooking school. The school was a big success with two to three classes. Later they would be offered a location in Shekou where they would open a German Bakery later to become a full dining experience with two locations.



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