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Family Fun in Spring
By MORE Team

Having MORE Fun with Your Kids

Here at MORE, we feel that we’ve been a bit remiss in our offerings to the family folk out there. To our readers it may seem like Hangzhouvians’ lives are all about drinking and party. It’s may be true that there are tons of alchies and party animals out there, but there are also lots of mommies and daddies, and they are wondering where they can take their kids to picnic or on a weekend trip, or maybe just be on a farm to get close to nature. Spring is in full throttle, and it’s a fabulous time to get out with the tiny tots before the unbearable heat of the Hangzhou summer engulfs us. So, here we have gathered a collection of info for those of you who have children, and for a change, we are giving you parents some fun places to explore. Enjoy!!

 

Picnic & Parks

Gu Shan (Solitary Hill) 孤山

It’s been called Solitary Hill because it’s a small peninsula. It’s only 35 meters high, but when you walk around, it feels like you’re in a forest. With a fascinating history and association with calligraphy and ancient poets, Gu Shan gives you a chance to glimpse an element of Chinese culture. Gu Shan is one of the best spots to view West Lake, and there are lots of places you can sit under the trees and enjoy your family time with a picnic. It’s centrally located, which makes it a good spot to hit if you’ve only got an afternoon.

How to Get There? Take Tourist line 10, get off at the Xiling Qiao stop, or take bus 7, 27, get off at the Geling stop. 

Ticket Price: free 

 

Taiziwan Park (Prince Bay Park) 太子湾公园

Taiziwan Park, a.k.a. Prince Bay Park, is located on the part of Nanshan Road which loops around to the southwest side of West Lake. It is a beautiful oasis amongst the busy walkways around the lake and is a particular hot spot for wedding photos and the annual tulip exhibition. It’s said that this used to be the site of Cuanyuan Garden (攒园), the garden for temporarily keeping the coffins of two princes in the Southern Song Dynasty (1127-1279), hence the name. When spring hits, this park becomes one of the best spots for picnicking or just hanging out. Wander around the park, and you’ll see flowers as well as Japanese apple and cherry trees in full bloom everywhere.

How to Get There? Take bus K4 and 514, get off at the Sudi Park stop. 

Ticket Price: free 

Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm

 

Xiang Lake

The Xiaoshan government has spent the past several years developing this area, creating a scenic spot to give Hangzhouvians an alternative to the tourist saturated West Lake. Xiang Lake is big and getting even bigger; it’s rumored that by next year, it will be even larger than the West Lake scenic area. Here you’ll find plenty of lawns to recline on for a nice family picnic. If you don’t feel like hauling your own food, there are nice restaurants to eat in. Walk, ride a bike, take a boat to explore the lake. Around the lake there are also spots for the tykes, like the amusement park Hangzhou Paradise and Hangzhou Polar Ocean World.

How to Get There? Take Line 1 of the metro to the Xiang Lake stop.   

Ticket Price: Hangzhou Paradise: 160RMB; Polar Ocean World: 240RMB

Hours: Hangzhou Paradise: 10am~9pm (Jun. 29 to Aug. 31); 10am – 5pm (Sep. 1 to Jun. 28); Polar Ocean World: 9am - 5pm

 

Hangzhou Taoyuan Barbecue 杭州桃园烧烤

This place is located in Liangzhu town (良渚镇石桥村68号) it the north of Hangzhou. They provide more than just barbecues: there is vegetable and fruit picking, fishing, biking, chess and tea rooms, a children's playground and laser tag (CS style). You can bring your own food, or they have a BBQ set which includes all the BBQ equipment, table and chairs, oil, honey, spices, and the usual Hangzhou BBQ fare plus some Longjing Tea. This place can also be a weekend escape as they have accommodation as well.

How to Get There? Take bus 313 from the North Bus Station or from Hangzhou Tower block D, take bus 348 to Liangzhu People’s Square, then taxi to Ye Luwan 野芦湾.

Ticket Price: free 

Reservation: 131 7363 5592, 131 0571 7631

Website: www.hztysk.com

 

Parks

Xixi Wetland Park and the Xixi Flower Festival西溪湿地和西溪花朝节

Xixi Wetland is just a great place to spend a day. Take your family there to get close to nature. Xixi is a lush wetland that covers about ten square kilometers, of which three-and-a-half square kilometers are open to the public as a park. Get there early, and you can catch a glimpse of some rare birds.

The Xixi Flower Festival is held in the wetland and ends on May 10th. They offer three packages: The Bike Tour in Xixi Wetland, Children’s Package for games and food, and the Boat Rowing Package. Go to our website www.morehangzhou.com and search “2015 China Hangzhou Xixi Flower Festival” to find the details.

The National Wetland Museum of China is also nearby the wetland. It is open from 9am to 4:30pm every day except Mondays and holidays. The museum is a great place to take kids and people who love the natural beauty of the wetlands. Admission is free, although some special services and displays, like the 4D Theater, have a fee.

How to get there: There is free shuttle bus from Leifeng Pagoda on the south bank of the West Lake to Xixi Wetland every half an hour from 9am to 2:30pm. Passengers who hold entrance tickets for Xixi Wetland can get on the bus for free. Or take bus K506, K193, K310 and sight-seeing line 1 and get off at Xixi Wetland Stop.

Wetland Ticket: 140RMB, including a 20-minute electric boat ride.

Boat: Battery Boat: 60RMB. Row Boat: 100RMB/per boat (6 people/boat)

Hours: 8:30am - 5:30pm (Apr. 1 to Oct. 31); 8:30am – 5pm (Nov. 1 to Mar. 31) Last entry at 4:30pm.

Website: www.xixiwetland.com.cn

Haihuangxing Ecological Park 海皇星生态乐园

We found this place through a friend’s WeChat. Her son had a ball there. There’s a lot to do in the park: visit the flower and orchard plantation, pick seasonal fruit, spend the night in a bungalow, fish, camp, have a bonfire, picnic, barbecue, play on the playground and horseback ride. Arts and crafts, like kite painting or ceramics, are a lot of fun for you and your kiddo to do together – they need to be booked though (30RMB – 40RMB). You can make dumplings with your kids in the barbecue area. They provide all the things you need for cooking (2RMB/dumpling). The barbecue has a few sets from 50RMB to100RMB (child + adult). You can bring your own food; barbeque equipment runs 170RMB - 220RMB.

  

How to Get There? Take bus 308 at Huansha Road and Kaiyuan Road junction, get off at the Zhuantang stop, switch to 109 to Zhou Pu stop. Or take bus 310 at Huangchao Huayuan stop at Zijinhua Road, get off at the Liuhe Lu Beikou stop.

Ticket Price: 100RMB/person, 150RMB/one child and adult, 250RMB/one child and two adults 

Hours: 8:30am - 5pm

Website: www.haihuangxing.cn

Hangzhou Safari Park 杭州野生动物园

The Hangzhou Safari Park is a fully-fledged zoo and safari park with quite an array of exotic animals. Lions, Siberian Tigers, and the odd Hippo steal the show, but "The Naughty Monkey Cage" is good for giggles too: nit-eating Monkeys preening every conceivable part of their bodies will have you in stitches. You can take the train around the safari park or even drive yourself via private car entry. At every stop there are zookeepers, some feeding mulberry bushes to the Camels or apples the Brown Bear, or giving live chickens to the Cheetahs to squabble over. Circus, Bird and Elephant shows can be seen at various times throughout the day.

How to Get There? Take bus 514A or 514B, the station is at Putisi Road菩提寺路 and goes straight to the Safari Park.

Ticket Price: 180RMB/person, 270RMB/one child and one adult, 450RMB/one child and two adults 

Hours: 9:30am - 5pm

Website: www.hzsp.com

Song Dynasty Theme Park 宋城

Walk into the park and you are immediately thrust back to the heyday of the Southern Song Dynasty, when Hangzhou was the seat of power. Make your way through the streets to see the workshops of different trades: camphor, blacksmith, dyeing, porcelain… There are lots of things going on to keep your kids’ attention, like jugglers, shadow plays and Wu Song performances. You can visit the snack street to stuff the monsters’ faces before you hit the large-scale song and dance show Song Dynasty Eternal Love. It’s on every day from 2pm to 3pm, 6pm to 7pm, and 7:20pm to 8:20pm.

How to Get There? Take bus 4, 202, 287, 308, 318, 354, 510, 1400, or tourist bus 3, get off at the Songcheng stop.

Ticket Price: 300RMB/person, includes entry and show Song Dynasty Eternal Love   

Hours: 10am – 9pm

Website: www.songcn.com

The Farmer Park 农夫乐园

This is the place where your child can experience what farm life is like. There are areas like Xiyangyang (Happy Sheep) Park and Twelve Zodiac Cartoon Characters Park. There are also special summer activities like World of Ice, where you can ski and see ice sculptures, Night Water Carnival, where you can enjoy their laser show, and the Water Splashing Festival. At the farm, you can help them pick fruit and vegetables, hula hoop, bamboo pole dance and sing – different ways to feel the (real?) farming life.

How to Get There? Take bus 313 or 348, get off at the Liangzhu stop, keep walking 150m to reach the traffic light, turn right and walk another 700m. The Farmer Park will be on your right.

Ticket Price: 120RMB/adults, 60RMB/kids, 300RMB/two adults+one kid 

Hours: 9am – 5pm

Website: www.zjnby.com

 

Nearby

Hello Kitty Theme Park  Hello Kitty主题公园

Hello Kitty has got its own theme park in China, and it’s the largest one yet. The newly-opened park is able to accommodate at least one million people a year. Apparently, the beloved kitten also has a loyal and diehard following outside its native Japan. There are six zones with at least ten attractions in each. No roller coasters as of yet, but there is a nice selection of family-friendly rides. Regardless of what you make of the lovable Japanese feline, the Hello Kitty theme park is expected to be a massive hit and bring smiles to little girls (and boys) from all corners of China.

How to Get There? Catch a bus to Anji, which departs every 15 to 20 minutes from the North Bus Station and costs 28RMB, and then take a taxi from outside the station, which costs around 30RMB.

Ticket Price: 260RMB/adults, 200RMB/kids

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Address: 1 Tianshi Avenue, Anji, Zhejiang province (4009 778 899) 浙江省湖州市安吉县天使大道1

Website: www.hellokittypark.cn

Chocolate Happy Land 巧克力主题公园

This is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in the real world! Chocolate Happy Land, located in the Shanghai Expo Park, has eight areas, like Chocolate Kingdom, The Garden of Eden, and The Magic Shop, to name a few. Here, visitors can see the world's largest chocolate castle – it reaches as high as ten meters and covers an area of 2,000 square meters. Ninety-eight tons of bitter sweet chocolate and sixty tons of milk chocolate were used to build it. In The Magic Garden of Eden, you will see bubbling chocolate syrup, a rainbow bridge made of candy and a chocolate waterfall. The wee ones can play with Hello Kitty, the Transformers, Garfield, Crayon Shin-chan and other well-known cartoon characters.

How to Get There? Take bus 82, 610, 170, 815, 627, 818, get off at the terminal Tongyao Road/Yaolong Road stop, take the Chocolate Happy Land free shuttle bus, which departs every 20 minutes. Or take subway line no.7, get off at the Houtan stop, take exit 4 to find the Chocolate Happy Land free shuttle bus. You will see the sign at the exit.   

Ticket Price: 120RMB/adults, 60RMB/kids

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Address: 100 Bocheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai 上海市浦东新区博成路100 (近世博大道-上钢路路口)

Tel: 021 5100 1881/8723 8583

China Dinosaurs Park 中华恐龙园

The Dinosaur Park in Changzhou is where you can live the movie Jurassic Park. Well, not really, but if your kids are into dinosaurs, this is the place to go. There are lots of enormous scale dino sculptures throughout the park, and a great museum with fossils to add some science fun to your day. It’s easy to get around with electric carts or even tandem bikes to ride. There are also some amusement park rides for teens and adults to enjoy, and in the summer months they open up their water park to cool everyone down.

How to Get There? Catch a bus to Changzhou from the North Bus Station at 89RMB, or take a train from Hangzhou or Hangzhou North Train Station for150RMB, then take a taxi, which costs around 20RMB.

Ticket Price: 230RMB/adults, 115RMB/kids

Hours: 9am - 5pm

Address: 1 Hanjiang Road, Xinbei District, Changzhou, Jiangsu 江苏常州市新北区汉江路1

Website: www.cnkly.com/DinosaursPark/Home

Coming soon: Shanghai Disney Resort

Disneyland Shanghai is set to open in the spring of 2016. The 1,000-acred theme park will include the world's largest Disney castle, a Toy Story hotel and a 'Disneytown'. It was originally due to open this year, but Disney CEO Bob Iger last week announced a delay.

Website: www. shanghaidisneyresort.com.cn

Day Care, Kindergarten & Schools

Freinet Education Centre 弗雷内教育中心

Freinet Education Centre is the only school in China authorized by the Institut Coopératif de l’Ecole Moderne (ICEM), the Fédération Internationale des Mouvements d’Ecole Moderne (FIMEM) to use and promote Freinet pedagogy. Their courses are designed in three languages (Chinese, English and French): science, art, social codes, language and sports are aimed at children from two to six years old. They also recommend and organize a number of international cultural activities. They provide weekend courses in English, French and art in small class, and also Freinet pedagogical training for teachers.

Address: Guanjiang Building, Wangjiang Park, Wangchao Road 望潮路望江公园观江楼, 0571 8701 3630; Fu Di, Tianmushan Road, inside the Xixi National Wetland Park 天目山路西溪湿地公园内高庄入口福堤旁, 0571 8601 1160

Website: www.freinet-edu.com

 

Hangzhou International School 杭州国际学校

Hangzhou International School was founded in 2001 as a sister school to the Shanghai Community International Schools with an initial enrollment of 15 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 4. It currently serves over 300 students in Nursery through 12th grade.

Address: 80 Dongxin Road, Binjiang 滨江区东信路80, 0571 8669 0045

Website: https://hz.scis-his.net/

 

Gymboree 金宝贝

Founded in 1976, Gymboree is the global leader in early childhood development program. With 35 years of experience in guiding parents and their children to learn and develop together. There are more than 700 education centers in 40 countries and regions, including the UK, USA, Canada, Switzerland, France and Asia. As the wonderland for kids aged from 0 to 5, Gymboree develops the children’s potential in a systematic manner and provides learning programs via recreation, which includes play, music and art. They now operate four branches in Hangzhou.

Address: 3/F, 51 Feiyunjiang Road 飞云江路51号凤凰城3, 0571 8755 2855; 3/F, Keji Square, 90 Wensan Road (at Macheng Road) 文三路90号科技广场3(马塍路口), 0571 8195 1666; 558-560 North Jianguo Road  建国北路558-560, 0571 8813 7855; 2/F, InCity, 588 Gudun Road 古墩路588号古墩印象城 (沃尔玛) 2, 0571 8195 1221

Website: www.gymboree.com.cn

 

Shopping

Kidswant Supermarket 城西银泰孩子王

This supermarket is great – everything for expectant mothers and kids from 0 to 14 years old. One stop and you have it all! If you are pregnant and preparing for delivery, you can go there to pack your labor bag. You can also buy the baby stuff ahead of time to welcome your little angel. If you are a new mother, there you will find diapers, baby clothes, formula, baby bottles, baby oil, shampoo, shower gel, car seat… It will save you a lot of time!

Address: B1/F, Intime Mall, 380 Fengtan Road  丰潭路380号城西银泰城地下1

 

BLT

BLT is located at the foot of Kidswant. This supermarket sells imported goods. They have a nice section for imported baby stuff like formula, baby bottles, baby oil, shampoo, shower gel, diaper ointment… You’ll be amused by their brand selection.

Address: B1/F, Intime Mall, 380 Fengtan Road  丰潭路380号城西银泰城地下1

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The Expat Show is Coming Back Very Soon!

For the 12th consecutive year, the Expat Show Shanghai is back for the delight of families. 
Expatriates or locals, the Expat Show Shanghai will meet all your daily needs.

Shanghai is a cosmopolitan city, the whole world is represented here. However, creating your network, meeting new people, or simply keeping up to date with new businesses (services and products) can sometimes be complicated by the vastness of this city.

That's why the three days Expat Show brings together in one place everything you need. Thus, foodies will find their happiness within the "Food & Beverage Area" created in partnership with Sherpa's ; various tastings organised will fulfil wine, beer, and cocktail lovers dreams; families will not be left behind with stands dedicated to tourism, education, health but also to investment and finance.

Activities for young and adult visitors will be organized inside a dedicated space, and a relaxation area awaits all visitors for moments of exchange over a drink or a coffee. 

The members of the associations (non-profit, charities, Chambers of Commerce...) will also be there to present their activities and why not, soon, count you among their members.

GET TOGETHER COCKTAIL

This year, a big new feature!

The Expat Show is pleased to invite you to its "Get Together Cocktail".

In the Shanghai Exhibition Center, you are expected on Saturday, September 21st, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the Relaxing Area.

Wine, spirits and cocktails tasting with appetizers provided by our sponsors, will be an opportunity to share a pleasant moment.

Participation is free of charge and our generous sponsors have prepared many gifts for you. Come and try your luck! Games, trips, gifts are to be won!

SEE YOU ON SEPTEMBER 20TH AT 10AM!

On this Harvest Moon: The Mid-Autumn Festival

This year the Mid-Autumn Festival, or Moon Festival, falls on September 13th. This is the 2nd most important festival in China, after the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival blow out extravaganza. The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival that coincides with the autumnal equinox and marks the end of the summer harvest season, and its date varies from year to year because the Chinese can’t seem to let go of the Lunar Calendar. Of course, they’ve seen silverware too, but Jerry Seinfeld already did that bit.

Like everything else here, the history of the Mid-Autumn Festival dates all the way back, 3,000 years, to the Shang Dynasty, when the powerful sorcerer Lo Pan broke the curse of immortality by marrying a girl with green eyes…no, wait, that was the plot to Big Trouble in Little China. Here’s the real one, according to legend (or, Wikipedia, if you want to be a jerk about it):

“Chang'e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven. One day, the ten sons of the Jade Emperor transformed into ten suns and scorched the Earth. Having failed to order his sons to stop ruining the Earth, the Jade Emperor summoned Houyi for help. Houyi, using his legendary archery skills, shot down nine of the sons, but spared one son (who conveniently became the Sun). The Jade Emperor was obviously not pleased with Houyi's solution to save the Earth as it involved Houyi murdering nine of his sons. As punishment, the Jade Emperor banished Houyi and Chang'e to live as mere mortals on Earth.

Seeing how miserable Chang'e felt over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to go on a long, perilous quest to find the pill of immortality so that the couple could become immortal again. At the end of his quest he met the Queen Mother of the West who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person needs only half the pill to become immortal.

Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case and then left home for a while. Like every other woman in the history of the world, she didn’t listen. She opened up the case and found the pill just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous Houyi would catch her fiddling with the pill, she swallows the whole thing like a stooge and starts to float into the sky because of the overdose. Although Houyi could have used his wicked archery skills to shoot her and tether her down, he couldn’t bear to do it and Chang'e kept on floating until she landed on the moon.

Although Chang’e missed her husband dearly, she wasn’t alone. She did have company of a jade rabbit that manufactured elixirs, and that of the lumberjack Wu Gang. The lumberjack offended the gods in his attempt to achieve immortality and was therefore banished to the moon. Wu Gang was allowed to leave the moon if he could cut down a tree that grew there. The problem was that each time he chopped it down; it would instantly grow back, effectively condemning him to live on the moon for eternity. Gods are tricky that way.”

So to commemorate this story, as well as the end of the harvest season, people throughout China gather their families together to catch up while eating moon cakes (discussed in more detail later) and pomelo. They also light lanterns to adorn their homes, temples, and even the sky. This last kind of lantern, called a, “sky lantern,” is really quite cool. They’re basically an ornate box kite that’s lit with a candle, but when they’re launched, after night fall, they make for a beautiful, candlelit sky. Add to this luminescence that of the full round moon and you’ve got yourself the makings of one festive evening. It’s also the perfect occasion to pull out your old Neil Young albums (namely Harvest and Harvest Moon) and rock out.

Alternate Uses for Moon Cakes:

Let’s face it; the moon cake is the fruitcake of China. No one actually wants them (other than for re-gifting purposes). They’re just the gift you give people to let them know how little you care for them. For the person on the receiving end, it’s really a slap in the face. The giver of said crap cakes gets to slide by on the kindness of the gesture, while you’ve got to work up a smile, and pretend to appreciate what is in essence, an empty, backhanded act of passive aggression. Giving someone moon cakes is the same as saying, “I’ve nothing but contempt for you, but I do plan on knocking you up for a favor in the next couple weeks, so try not to choke.” But all’s not lost because moon cakes can serve many other functions besides pissing all over the definition of cake. So as those decorative boxes of banality from all your condescending know-nothing colleagues at work pile up in your home, don’t think about how drunk you’re going to have to get to choke them all down. Get creative. Think like Martha Stewart, or just keep reading and use some of the ideas we’ve come up with. It’s a good thing.

Stabilize that wobbly chair or coffee table

One of the nice things about a cake that’s got the density of a brake pad is that it can endure a sizeable amount of force without breaking apart. That makes it one of the best materials to use to support that bothersome short leg on your table, chair, or bar stool. It also won’t scuff up your hardwood floors.

Serves as a fantastic replacement puck for ice or street hockey

Thanks to the moon cakes stout, cylindrical design, (It’s called, yeast, you a-holes! It’s what makes baked goods fluffy and delicious. Stop living in the past.), it has, not only the same shape as a standard ice hockey puck, but also, almost, the exact same dimensions. So here’s what you do. Take a box of these abominations and throw them in the freezer for a couple hours while you gather the gang for a good old fashion game of street hockey, or take them down to the skating rink at the MixC Mall and have at it.

Give to the needy

This is just to prove our point that these shit snacks are universally reviled. Go up to a homeless person asking for money and give them a box of these bastards instead, and see if you don’t get pegged in the back of the head with one as gratitude for your selfless gesture.

Protect yourself from stray dogs

It’s late and you’re stumbling out of the bar after a few too many with your buddies. Your senses are impaired, as is your sense of direction. You find yourself alone, walking down a dark street when you spot a mongrel dog that has shown an interest in you. You’re too drunk to outrun it, and it’s the only thing between you and your warm bed. What do you do? You pull out the moon cakes that some jackanapes forced on you and you force them right into the dog’s mouth. Like peanut butter on their nose, this should keep it occupied for at least 10 minutes, giving you plenty of time to make a staggering escape.

Whip at motorists who don't obey the traffic laws

How many times have you been on your bike, or in a taxi, and you’ve almost been killed by some motorist who thinks the rules don’t apply to them? If you’ve been here a week it’s happened at least once. Don’t lie to us. Of course, you want to throw something at them, but all you have handy is your cell phone and/or wallet and, obviously, you can’t throw those. Moon cakes combine the heft of a billiard ball with the softness of a dessert you’d still pass on in a hostage situation. You make your point, no damage to the target’s car, but the message was received. Everyone wins.

Earmuffs in the winter

Get creative this winter and be the first one on your block to chase away the chills with some homemade, moon cake earmuffs. All you need is a needle, some decorative, elastic yarn, 2 moon cakes (one for each ear) and a microwave. Cut 5 lengths of yarn at a measure of one and half times the circumference of your head. Work the yarn through the moon cakes laterally (through the sides). Adjust the position of the cakes so that each one rests comfortably over each ear, with your lengths of yarn going around your head like a sweat band. When you’ve got them positioned how you like them, tie the ends of your yarn together to ensure a snug fit around your cabeza. When you’re ready to hit the town, throw your stylish new earmuffs in the microwave for 30 seconds and prepare to laugh derisively at Old Man Winter.

Haze the new guy

Like snake wine and unicycles, moon cakes serve no purpose. They do, however, work well for gags, especially when the new guy in your office starts getting a little too big for his britches. Knock him down a peg, and remind him of his place by challenging his manhood with a moon cake eating contest. Basically, you just tell him that it’s a rite of passage we’ve all gone through and if he can’t eat 10 moon cakes in 10 minutes, no one will respect him. Whether or not he finishes them is beside the point. The point is, no one else is going to eat these things and they’re starting to take up space.

And there you have it. Seven great ways to get rid of your moon cakes, when re-gifting is simply not an option, but by no means, are these the only ways. Get creative and think up some yourself. You like building models? Build yourself a 1/10 scale trebuchet and see how far you can wing them. Or give them to kids. They’ll put anything in their mouths. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival, everybody!

2019 Qiantang River Tidal Bore and Surfing Competition

Qiantang River tidal bore is one the largest tidal bores in the world which reaches the most spectacular on the eighteenth day of the eight month on Chinese lunar calendar. To watch the 9-meter tidal waves, you can choose the best locations in Haining city, about 50 kilometers from Hangzhou.

2019 Qiantang River International Surfing Competition will be held from Sept.11th to 16th, during which the Qiantang River tides are surging frighteningly high in the year.

Opening ceremony (about 40 minutes)

Time: 3:30pm - 4:10pm, September 12th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

Qiantang River International Surfing Competition (4 days)

Time: September 13th - 16th (13th-15th: preliminaries, 16th: finals and closing ceremony).
Venue: Qianjiang No.9 Bridge to No.1 Bridge (Qiantang River Bridge) 钱江九桥至钱江一桥(钱塘江大桥)

Closing Ceremony Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

Teams: 9 teams (China, Australia, Spain, South Africa, Brazil, California, France, Indonesia and Puerto Rico)
Prize: 200,000RMB

Surfing Carnival (5 days)

Time: 10:30am - 4:30pm, September 12th - 16th
Location: Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园 (江干区5号港路)

What to expect: There will be four surf theme carnival activities: water rafting, surfing pool, surfing culture exhibition, surfing board teaching, as well as magical spider wall, frisbee, bowling and many other activities.

Qiantang Music Festival (1 day)

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Saturday, September 14th
Location: Garden Lawn at Qiantang Farm 钱唐农园大草坪 (江干区5号港路)

The referee of Qiantang River International Surfing Competition, Peter Towndend is the first World Surfing Champion and the former coach of China National Surfing Team.

Nine teams from home and abroad will surf on the so-called “Silver Tides” from Sept. 13th to 16th. World top surfers, Dean Morrison, Eneko Acero, Kyle McGeary and Made Garut Widiarta will participate in the event.

Dean Morrison, who is the champion of Australia and European Division of World Men's Shortboard Surfing Championship Tour. He is one of the most celebrated Australian surfers of the modern era, finishing a career best ninth in 2007. In the water Dean is a pocket dynamo, known for his compact, fluid style and sublime cutback. On land his humility and good nature ensure he is the kind of pro surfer who is approachable for people from all walks of life.

Eneko Acero, one of the most important and influential surfers of Spain and Europe. At that time it was just him on a worldwide tour with surfers from all over the place but his hometown/country. Still today, Eneko is surfing in a daily basis, manages a team of an international brand and of course proudly holds the surname Acero, a surfing family you might heard of from him, his older brother Iker Acero or the charismatic Kepa Acero.

Kyle McGeary, Team (NSSA) champion surfer, he is an underground local surfer from Huntington Beach, California. "Never heard of Kyle? Then you probably don't surf the pier, because if you did, you'd see him hucking big rotators everyday."

Made Garut Widiarta, born and raised in Kuta he started surfing at the age of 9 at his home break Half Ways, Garut is one of the most recognizable Indonesian surfers in the world and he has received more high profile attention in the media than any Indonesian surfer since Rizal Tanjung. Is name is I Made Widiarta a.k.a Garut.

The top local surfers will also participate on behalf of Chinese National Surfing Team. Surfing in the Qiantang River has only been allowed since 2008. During the competition, surfers will follow the tidal bore in motorboats and jet skis, and then take turns riding the waves.

Surfing will be included in the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. The inclusion has given a boost to the sport in China, where it remains relatively new.

Hangzhou government hopes the competition can further promote the sport among citizens, especially the youth.

The competition will be broadcast nationwide by China Central Television.

HIS Welcome Back BBQ Party, A Great Event For The HIS Community!

On Saturday, September 7th, 2019, Hangzhou International School held their Annual Welcome Back Barbecue and once again gathered the HIS community, parents, students and teachers, they had an opportunity to welcome the new families and to catch up with the old friends while enjoying themselves, the tasty food, and the activities provided.

MORE’s editor Loren was fortunately enough to be invited, while it was initially a little foreign to him—not having kids going to the school, not being a Binjiang-er—his years of being in Hangzhou felt like they finally paid off, and he bumped into a good cross-section of international folk he has known for a while now.

The food was predictably excellent, with burgers from returning favorite Slim’s one of the queues we had to try, but also present was the Indian faire from Pita’s and Tika’s and pizza from Angelo’s.

The kids had a great time too, with musical and dance performances, face painting and candy.

We had a great time talking to some new and returning teachers, eager to get the new school year fully underway, and had a great time talking about the crafts of teaching and parenting, as well as the sense of community that HIS brings to its families and faculty who come together from more than 50 nations to make events like this fun and engaging. We are looking forward to continue having a great school year!

Hello, Hangzhou! Epermarket is Now Delivering 7x a Week!

Looking for fresh and imported products from a source you can trust? Why not take advantage of Epermarket’s new and improved delivery service (now upgraded from 3 days to 7 days a week)? When ordering online, you can pick all the high-quality items you love and have them delivered to your door at on a day that suits you!

If you’re not available at a specific time of the day when your order arrives, you can always select, “Leave my Order at the Door” option, so you can feel safe in the knowledge that your fresh and frozen items will be carefully stored for you in cooler and carton boxes upon your arrival.

Ordering online at Epermarket couldn’t be easier—they have a wide range of hard-to-find products to choose from. Did we mention they have over 5000 imported products as well? And all their fresh groceries are packed on the day they are delivered, so you can be assured of the best quality hand-picked items.

What else is new at Epermarket?

Their Wine Fair promotion! This exclusive wine sale is coming up and will include classic beverages from some of the finest wine regions in the world. From Chablis to Prosecco and Rosé, you can find over 100 wines to dive into and enjoy in the comfort of your home. These wines will be on sale from up to 40% off, starting from September 10th, so keep your eyes peeled for more at www.epermarket.com.

New to Epermarket? Simply scan the QR code to register and get 50RMB off your first order! 

Offer is valid until Friday, the 13th September.

Find out more about other promotions when you visit their website Epermarket.com!

The idea behind Epermarket has always been simple: a place for internationals to buy the food they love, from a source they can trust. They place quality and safety first, with all products curated by professionals, all passionate about food and living a healthy life. Whether you are looking for fresh fruit and organic vegetables, pantry favorites or even home care products, Epermarket has everything you need.

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