We all have our social lives. Birthday parties, farewell parties, company parties, housewarming parties, family gatherings, social dinners, and the many, many holidays that hit us at the end of the year, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s, Chinese New Year… all give us so many excuses to eat and drink. Now that the holiday season is over, have you started worrying again? Yeah, there is a price to pay for unbridled gluttony. How much holiday fat have you put on? Those of you who weigh yourselves every morning have probably already begun muttering to yourselves, “Gee… I’ve gotta get back in the gym. Spring is coming.”
Well, losing weight is one thing, but your health is another. A healthy diet and persisting with exercise is a lifetime business. The Latin word diaeta and Greek word diaita mean "a way of life, a regimen." The word diet comes from the Medieval Latin dieta meaning "a daily food allowance." Nowadays we define diet as a set course of eating and drinking in which the kind and amount of food one should eat is planned out in order to achieve weight loss or follow a certain lifestyle. There are loads of diets out there. They come in and go out of fashion. Some are for losing weight, others for gaining weight, lowering cholesterol, living a long and healthy life, the list goes on and on. The Mediterranean Diet is all the rage now. It reflects the culinary habits of southern European people. How about the Paleo diet? Wanna go back to the days of the cavemen? If you are looking to shed some jin or change your lifestyle to kick off the new year, remember to choose a diet that you know you can do. There’s nothing more frustrating than starting something you can’t finish.
The Top 8 Diets:
The Zone Diet
Weight Watchers Diet
South Beach Diet
Raw Food Diet
In the 1940s, Stanley Burroughs developed the Master Cleanse diet to treat stomach ulcers, digestion issues and a variety of chronic medical ailments. It is a modified juice fast that permits no food; you can only drink lemonade made with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. In the past ten years or so, detoxing has become really popular. Juice cleanses have slowly developed a loyal following among Hollywood actors and health fanatics alike. A cleansing diet attempts to rid the body of its toxins. Many cleansing diets are liquid diets that disallow any solid food to be eaten during the dieting period. Liquids are drunk in high quantities to keep the toxins moving through the body. The cleanses also seek to rid the colon of any waste material that has built up – waste material that keeps toxins from leaving the body. The lack of solid foods keeps more waste from accumulating in the colon, while the liquid is drunk to wash away the waste and toxins.
Juice cleanses are getting easier to do these days in China. A variety of cleanse products have recently been introduced to the market to meet the increasing demand from young consumers who are seeking healthier diets to detoxify the body and remove excess fat. VCLEANSE in Shanghai is the one that has been around the longest and has had the most success. (Check out our interview with its two young founders in this issue) As Hangzhouvians, we also have our own local cleanse company that was founded last year by three Australian guys: O2+. It’s very simple. All you need to do is go to their website and order the cleanse package you want (www.guobeikang.com). They range from a three-day beginner to a seven-day advance cleanse. O2+ also provides a custom cleanse which lets you choose your own flavours.
Rory Spong, Director at O2+
We have all lived in Hangzhou for more than eight years and love it, but there is one facet of life here with which we sometimes struggle: the pollution. It’s made it much harder for us to practice healthy living. We wanted to combat this problem by providing new systems that can allow us to become healthy in a timely and easy manner. We genuinely believe in the benefits of juice cleansing that does exactly that, having all had great experiences doing it. We knew that if we developed a great product and combined it with a high level of service and health education, then it would be great for the consumer and for ourselves.
Our cleanses offer the people of Hangzhou a new and easy way of improving their health. All of our products are 100% natural and formulated in conjunction with healthcare professionals and a TCM doctor. We make "healthy easy" by providing consumers with the freshest, cold-pressed juices that will ensure their bodies get all the nutrients that they need in the most efficient and convenient way possible. We believe in the emerging health philosophies dealing with cleansing, diet and exercise, so we share our knowledge with our customers via our social media accounts and blogs. We love that Hangzhou is a green city (it’s why we live here), so being a green company is extremely important to us. We are the only cleanse company in China that uses recyclable glass bottles.
Cleansing is the process of flooding your body with nutrients that enable you to flush your system of unwanted toxins, whilst at the same time giving your digestive system a break from processed foods which wreak havoc on your wellbeing. Through the process of cleansing, our system rids itself of the toxins that we were exposed to through air, water and food pollution as part of our daily life.
Sure, there are a lot more companies making it easy to get your hands on high quality juice to do your detoxing, but it’s not as easy as all that. It takes preparation, and it takes tons of willpower. Imagine lunchtime at work: your colleagues are getting their take-away or ordering-in, and all you have is your bottle of green juice. Can’t take the smell of food? Go for a walk downstairs with your juice, sit on a roadside bench, and enjoy your lunch! Sound a little too tough for you? There are other options.
To make the process of detoxing easier, you can always choose to go to Thailand or the Philippines for a cleanse holiday getaway. The price is normally between 250RMB to 800RMB a night. Packages usually include the fasting course, yoga, food, massage and accommodation. It might be a little easier when everyone around you is also detoxing, and you don’t have to stress about work or meetings, or dinner call. You can lie on the beach all day, read your book, have a massage by a smiling sexy lady, enjoy the morning meditation, and do some yoga. These places usually include a daily coffee enema. Coffee enemas can reduce levels of toxicity by up to 600%, clean and heal the colon, help eliminate parasites and candida, improve digestion and bile flow, lessen bloating, detoxify and repair the liver, help heal chronic health conditions, and aid in easing the "die-off" or detox reactions during periods of fasting.
Here are a few resorts in Thailand and the Philippines that offer fasting or detox packages:
· Health Oasis Resort, Koh Samui www.healthoasisresort.com
· Orion Retreat Centre at Elements Boutique Resort & Spa, Koh Samui www.orionretreat.com
· The Spa, Koh Chang www.thespakohchang.com
· Atsumi Healing, Phuket www.atsumihealing.com
· The Spa Resorts, Koh Samui www.thesparesorts.net
· The Sanctuary Spa Resort, Koh Phangan www.thesanctuarythailand.com
· New Leaf Detox, Koh Samui www.newleafdetoxresort.com
· Mandala Spa and Villas, Boracay, the Philippines www.mandalaspa.com
· The Farm at San Benito, Lipa, the Philippines www.thefarmatsanbenito.com
· Bahay Kalipay Detox & Yoga Retreat, Palawan, the Philippines www.bahaykalipay.com
We know a good and healthy lifestyle isn’t just a week or a month; it requires consistency: drinking plenty of water, eating raw food at least once a week, staying away from deep fried food and junk food, lowering sugar intake, getting enough daily protein, and starting a daily exercise routine. The first three months of any lifestyle change are generally the hardest, but once you’ve made it through them, you will really start to enjoy your new life. Here’s what some long-time Hangzhouvians have to say about diets and detoxes that they’ve tried. Some of these diet plans are good for weight loss, others are meant to cleanse, still others are lifestyle choices. All are a good options for jumpstarting your year into a healthier way of living.
Tim Hoerle, Frequently Faster
I’ve fasted a total of seven times over the past nine years. Because I've fasted so many times, it's really hard for me to say why I do it, but in general, when I go into a fast, I really need to do it, meaning that I feel terrible and worn out. When I come out of the fast, I feel much lighter, figuratively and literally. I feel much more positive and clean in the head, though after some fasts, I have to admit to feeling a bit too empty-headed.
My advice to new fasters is listen to what the people say at whatever place you choose, and just do it. I've found it a lot easier, no matter how hard it is, to just trust the experts. Also, plan to have a period of time between your fast and coming back to "real" life. It's not good to jump from fasting one day to your regular routine the next. I remember the first time I fasted. I planned to fast for a week and then take a normal vacation the next. Bad idea. It takes a while to get readjusted to the norm.
Each place I've been to holds a different lasting impression. All I can say is that you should do your research. Some places do colonics, and some don't. Some have exercise, and others don't. Some are expensive, and some are cheap. Search until you've found a place that's just right for you. If you had a second chance to lose your virginity, how would it be? Find that place.
Julia Holmes, Atkins Diet
I tried the Aktins diet ten years ago. For me, it worked extremely well the first time. I tried a couple of times after that, but it never turned out as well as the first time. As you all might know, Atkins is almost zero carbs. It’s suggested that you eat a lot of seafood, meat and vegetables. The famous saying that I’ve never forgotten is “even if you eat a whole cow for dinner, tomorrow you’ll still lose weight.” I was so shocked by how it works.
I did it for a month, being aware that too much meat would overburden to my liver, plus I’m not a huge fan of meat, so I ate lots seafood and vegetables. It wasn’t too hard for me. The hardest part was no fruit, no sugar, no rice, noodles or bread, and I could only drink whisky soda or some hard liquor with a diet coke. It was completely a shock to my body because I lost 10kg after a month. My friends were so surprised when they saw me.
I suggest that people not do this diet too often or too long. Your body needs nutrition from all kinds of food. Cutting carbs is definitely not a solution. Do it for a short time and strictly adhere to it. Afterwards, you need to work to eat properly and exercise daily to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Anke Kaltenbach, Ex-vegetarian,
I became a vegetarian in 1988 in Guatemala, and started eating meat again in 2010 in China. Back in 1988, I was living in a hostel run by Hare Krishnas. They had a restaurant and were cooking the most delicious vegetarian Indian food. It was absolutely divine and definitely brought me closer to the gods than the meditation we did.
On the flight from Germany to Guatemala, I had read an article about mass-animal husbandry. I was disgusted and started questioning if I really needed to eat meat. Later that year, I lived together with another Hare Krishna who looked like the Indian god Shiva. All I wanted was a bite of his flesh, but he was super gay. He was a passionate cook, though, and was feeding me the most exotic, yummy vegetarian dishes made out of very simple ingredients. He also grew his own vegetables and fruit in his garden, and that was when I discovered how much more intense homegrown greens taste.
Back in Berlin I bought some vegetarian cookbooks and tried every recipe. I discovered a whole new culinary universe and never missed eating meat. I would occasionally eat seafood though. I never had a guilty conscience eating fish. Maybe because I imagined them all happy and free in the ocean till they got caught, or is it because I never petted one?
Some years ago, I suddenly felt an urge to eat meat again. It tasted delicious, so I am back to being a meat eater. I didn’t feel any body changes from not eating meat. I didn’t put on or lose weight either way and can get just as stuffed from a plate of creamy gorgonzola gnocchi as from too much hong shao rou.
Being a vegetarian had little to do with living a healthy life for me. The article on mass-animal husbandry initiated my vegetarian years. Recently, I read about modern slavery and the eastern Europeans who work in slaughterhouses in Germany under extremely inhumane conditions. It made me wanna become a vegetarian again.
Linus Enoksson, Pescetarian,
I've been a pescetarian for about three years now. I was a lacto-ovo vegetarian for thirteen years before that, but I changed to eating fish and seafood for social reasons here in China. I realized that here when one person orders food for the whole table sometimes it makes them very nervous to have to consider a vegetarian. Once I started eating fish, it got a lot better.
I became a pescetarian because I don't like eating meat. I don't mind other people eating meat at all, and I think meat is a natural part of our food. But I really don't like the texture or the thought of eating something that once was alive but now is dead because of me. In today’s world, it is very easy not to have to kill to eat and live well, so for me it is a natural choice. Another thing I react against is the way the meat industry works today: animals are pumped full of hormones and medications to make them grow faster and cheaper, and in the end all that shit ends up in our bodies, not to mention the miserable life of the animal. That together with the fact that our modern society wildly overconsumes meat products. If you compare us to history, never have humans consumed as much meat per person as we do now, and we sure don't need it for nutrition. So from my perspective, the best meat you could eat, if you have to eat it, would be game meat. And maybe add it to your meals a maximum of three or four days a week.
I can’t say what changes my diet has brought to my body, as I have been several forms of vegetarian since I was twenty. But I can say that I have not had any problems keeping the same body shape I had fifteen years ago, and I bet it is at least partially because of my diet.
Harriet Steelz, Master Cleanse
I’m the type of person that gets bored easily: with work, with relationships, with places… So when I need a change, I usually change up. Around eight years ago, I made the decision to stay planted in Hangzhou, so I had to find something else to change. My focus turned to my health. I wasn’t a big gym nut, but I went. I swam once or twice a week. However, I smoked a little. I drank. I ate fast food. I really needed something to kick-start a change, so I turned to the Master Cleanse. I downloaded Stanley Burroughs’ book and read up. Believe me, finding maple syrup in Hangzhou at that time was no easy task, nor was it cheap, but I managed to snag a dozen bottles. I got my cayenne pepper, smooth-move tea, sea salt and tons of lemons. I cut coffee, dairy and meat a month in advance to prepare, and then I was off. Fasting for ten days wasn’t as hard as I’d thought. The morning sea salt flush was by far the most difficult part of the cleanse. During the fast I felt surprisingly energetic.
After I was finished, it’s true I’d lost weight, but I knew it would eventually come back. I did two more cleanses after that, and for each one, the purpose was not to lose weight. Instead, I wanted to purge myself of all the bad habits that I’d developed throughout the year, like eating and drinking unhealthy foods, in particular processed and fast food. Fasts do help you get rid of the cravings for these things, for a while that is, but inevitably you will find your way back to most of them. I don’t do fasts anymore. Not against them. I’ve just replaced the cold turkey approach with a lifestyle change. After watching the movie Forks over Knives a couple of years ago, I started, gradually, to move towards a wholefoods, plant-based diet. Fortunately, now in Hangzhou it’s really more convenient to do this than in the past. Organic whole grains and fresh fruit and veggies are everywhere. By comparison, it’s definitely much easier and cheaper to be health conscious here than in the States.
Vegetarian restaurants in Hangzhou:
Lingyin Veganism 灵隐素食主义
185 Tianzhu Road 天竺路185号, 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 8pm, 81632032
Meihong Hall 美宏馆
80 North Meiling Road (San Tianzhu Bus Station) 梅灵北路80号(三天竺站), 10am - 9pm, 85809511
Pavana Sarovara 清心湖素食
Qianjiang Business Center, 22 Qianjiang Road 钱江路22号钱江国际商务中心, 9am - 10pm, 88088577
Roots Healing Resort 热土养生庄园
47 Xu Village, Nine Creeks 西湖景区九溪徐村47号, 8am - 11:30pm, 86599399
Shoukangyong Vegetarian Restaurant 寿康永素菜馆
38 South Yan’an Road 延安南路38号, 11am - 10pm, 87070118
Taiwan Brother 7 Vegan Restaurant 台湾七先生非常素
1/F, Lotus Business Center, 333 Lianhua Street 莲花街333号莲花商务中心北楼1楼, 10am - 9pm, 87203807, 87207217
Vegetarian Flourishing Restaurant 素缤纷精致素食自助式餐厅
5/F, Zhongdu Department Store, Building A, 87-1 Qingchun Road 庆春路87-1号A栋中都百货5楼, 11:30am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 9pm, 87780268
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!
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!
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)
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.
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!
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