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Futian Shangri-La, Shenzhen Elevates Their Dinner Buffet
Shangri La Hotel Diversifies Buffet

Living here in Shenzhen China, I have noticed that the city is quickly growing in its diversity and knowledge of international foods. This is evident in the amount of restaurants and concepts that are springing up around the city. In the past, it was a lot harder (even within the last few years) for expats to find food from their home countries in China or to find restaurants that catered to their culture and traditions. Read more »

New General Manger Brings New Vision for Grand Mercure Shenzhen
New General Manger Brings New Vision for Grand Mercure Shenzhen

As Shenzhen begins to grow and mature, more and more businesses are flooding into the city and finding themselves in need of services that cater to their employees and allow a smooth transition in and out of the city. One such service that is always needed are hotels and one hotel that has been with Shenzhen for 13 years is the Grand Mercure Hotel located in Futian district of China. Being a hotel with a long history in Shenzhen China, Grand Mercure Hotel is a classy and professional hotel with over 450 guest rooms, two main ballrooms, and ten function rooms. It is a perfect hotel for any business professional and is looking to raise the bar even higher. Read more »

Affordable Brunch in COCO Park by Les 5 Chefs
Caroline's a la carte brunch features breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites

The Brunch Movement

As Shenzhen begins to grow and diverse, I am seeing more and more western influences starting at the Hotels and making their way through the restaurants and local shops. Some of these trends include Afternoon Tea which was just done by a few select restaurants and hotels and has now grown to almost be part of the food culture here.

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Viva España Themed Buffet
Intercontinental Hotel Brings Spanish Chef to Elevate Their Viva Espana Theme

InterContinental Hotel Shenzhen has launched a Spain-based menu as part of their evening buffet featuring selections from Spanish Chef Francisco Javier Caro Gonzalez. He came to Shenzhen two months ago to join the InterContinental Hotel Shenzhen  and since has created an amazing Spain inspired menu.

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A Home Away From Home
Savills Full Service Residence is a Home Away From Home

The Growth of Expat Families

Shenzhen China is among the fasted growing cities in China with a large group of professionals from all over the world flooding in to represent their companies, jobs or even to find new opportunities. In the former days when this was a rarity to find, many visiting or living professionals would live in hotels until their contract was up but in recent years with eh rise of globalization and exported professional help – many are now looking for a home away from home while they live abroad. Read more »

Dr. David Cosman Brings His Chiropractic Services to Shekou
First Chiropractic brings a mix of health services to Shekou

David Cosman, Doctor of Chiropractic & Sports Science – Hong Kong and Shenzhen.


In China, the comfort-lifestyle for western expats includes food; familiar food.  “It’s not home, but it’s good enough” some might say and Shenzhen is indeed blessed in that way.  When it comes to health care, things get a little more serious with less experimentation.   Finding and knowing a decent chiropractor in Shenzhen is a true comfort for many who limit themselves to western medications or find that their Chinese Traditional Medicine sessions didn’t help this time around.   

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QSI's Accredited Education Gives A Sense of Relief to Expat Families
QSI is a fully American Accredited School for Ages 2 to Graduation

The Rise of Expat Families 

We live in a world that seems to be getting smaller and smaller as technology and globalization steer us beyond cultural and language barriers. More and more jobs are being sent overseas as many more companies seek new ways of entering new territories and markets. With this comes the increase of expats who are sent sometimes on a short-term or long-term assignment in various countries bringing their families with them.  Read more »

Foodie Meetup at Les 5 Chef's - Pictures and Special Thanks
Great Times at Les 5 Chef's in Coco Park

Special thanks to all of those who came to Caroline by Les 5 Chefs on Friday. Read more »

Wine Lab Brings a Taste of French "Apero" Culture to Shenzhen, China
WINE LAB is a classy and professional stop for wines and tapas

Local People Introducing International Cult

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