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Whiskey Words
By Nicholas Valenzuela

The word whiskey comes from the Gaelic uisge, a shortened version of uisge beatha meaning "water of life," also known as aqua vitae in Latin. Whiskey was originally used as a medicine for both internal anesthetic use and as an external antibiotic, predominantly distilled by monks.

How it’s Made
The Grain: If other grains are used, then all grains except barley are first ground into meal, which is mixed with water and cooked. Barley is malted, not cooked. The first step in malting barley consists of soaking it in water then spread out and sprinkled with water for about three weeks, until it begins to sprout, and then dried by heating the barley with hot air from a kiln. (For Scotch whiskey the barley is peat-smoked, a soft, young carbon-rich substance formed when plant matter decomposes, giving the characteristic smoky taste.) The malted barley is then ground like other grains.

Mashing: consists of mixing cooked grain with malted barley and warm water. (In making Scotch, the mixture consists only of malted barley and water and then filtered to produce wort.)

Fermenting: The mash or wort is transferred to a fermentation vessel, usually closed in Scotland and open in the United States. Yeast is added to begin fermentation, in which the sugars are converted to alcohol. The yeast may be added in the form of new, never-used yeast (the sweet mash process) or using a portion of a previous batch of fermentation (the sour mash process.) After three or four days, the end product is a liquid containing about 10% alcohol known as distiller's beer in the United States or wash in Scotland.

Distilling: Scottish whisky makers often distill their wash twice in traditional copper pot stills until most of the alcohol is transformed into vapor. Irish whiskey is often distilled thrice in pot stills three times the size of copper ones. Tennessee whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal before it is aged called the Lincoln County Process. This results in a particularly smooth whiskey.

Aging: Water is added to reduce its alcohol content to about 50% or 60% for American whiskeys and about 65% or higher for Scotch whiskeys. Scotch whiskeys are aged in cool, wet conditions, so they absorb water and become less alcoholic. American whiskeys are aged in warmer, drier conditions so they lose water and become more alcoholic. All whiskey is aged in wooden barrels, usually made from charred white oak, because it is one of the few woods that can hold a liquid without leaking but which also allows the water in the whiskey to move back and forth within the pores of the wood, which helps to add flavor. In the United States these barrels are usually new and are only used once. In most other countries it is common to reuse old barrels. Whiskey generally takes at least three or four years to mature.

Blending: Straight whiskey and single malt Scotch whiskey are not blended; they are produced from single batches and are ready to be bottled straight from the barrel. Different batches of whiskey are mixed together to produce a better flavor. Caramel is added to standardize the color, and a small amount of sherry or port wine is added to help the flavors blend. A premium blended Scotch whisky may contain more than sixty individual malt whiskeys which must be blended in the proper proportions. Once bottled, and only in glass, the whiskey no longer matures, unlike wine.

Whiskey Class

Examples in order of price

Single Malt (100% malted barley from one distillery): Glenfiddich 12, Tomatin 30, Macallan 18

Single Grain (Up to 20% malted barley and up to 80% other grains such as wheat, corn, rye or oats.): Cameron Brig, Port Dundas and Jim McEwan’s Celtic Heartland

Blended Malt (A blend of Single Malts from one or more distilleries): Famous Grouse, Johnnie Walker, J&B, Chivas Regal 18, Ballantine’s 17, Chivas Regal 25

Blended Grain (Blend of grain whiskies from two or more distilleries): Johnnie Walker Green Label

Blended Scotch (Blend of 20 - 40% SM and 60-80% SG usually from several distilleries.): Johnnie Walker Black Label, J&B

Rye Whiskey (At least 51% Rye in America. No rules for Canada.  No more than 80% alcohol. Only two year minimum ageing in barrels compared to the usual three to four year minimum.): Alberta Premium (made of 100% rye mash), Whistle Pig (also 100%), Knob Creek Rye, Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13

Straight Bourbon (Originated in Kentucky. At least 51% corn, at least 40% alc. Wheat or rye are usually the second grains with a third “flavoring” grain. No added caramel coloring allowed. And aged in new white oak barrels – compared to other whiskeys that may age the whiskey in barrels previously used for other alcohols i.e.: sherry, wine or bourbon.): Jim Beam, Knob Creek, Wild Creek for the more traditional 70% corn and equal wheat and rye. Four Roses for the spicy high rye recipe. Maker’s Mark for a smoother high wheat.

Tennessee Whiskey (Similar to bourbon except it is filtered through sugar maple charcoal): Dickel and Jack Daniels

Hangzhou’s Whiskey Men

Eddie Lim (Owner of Smoky Whisky Bar)
Hailing from Singapore, Eddie started business in China as an importer of fine Scottish fire-water and soon thereafter opened a bar with Stephen Notman, Scotland’s Whiskey Ambassador, called Smoky – play on transliterated words from the Chinese wei xun, meaning tipsy. A good variety of jazz and blues is played at just the right volume to enjoy the simple and elegant ambience of Smoky that exudes an aura of upper-class establishment. Eddie is dressed smartly in a vintage style sports coat and a similarly vintage flat-cap. He orders me a Tomatin 18 neat with a water sidecar. It goes down smooth like syrup and breathes out fire.

Why whiskey?
My first whiskey experience was in University, playing snooker. And now when I drink whiskey it reminds me of Uni. I see a great potential for this spirit in China because Whiskey is fun. I want to change the mindset of Chinese from drinking Whiskey with sweet greet tea to understanding and appreciating the Magical Experience of drinking W. Whiskey is about enjoying the finer things in Life. Why was W first made? For health. We want to advocate that this is the Water of Life.

What would you consider your more important personal experiences or achievements?
I have been collecting Whiskey for 25 years. Firstly, I am a W distributer and China Importer starting 5 years ago. Now I have a bar. He shows me a bottle of Bladnock 22 Single Malt Scottish Lowland. This is no longer produced, it is imported exclusively by me and my company located here in Hangzhou.

What makes a Whiskey Expert?
I don’t consider myself a W expert. I’m a W lover. I have a long way to go to improve myself. I think there are really only two. Charles McClean and Dave Brum. They do blind tastings, they write books, give speeches and share knowledge.

What about you? Can you do blind tastings and tell if it’s SM or blended or barley or wheat?
As he chews his lamb, he nods knowingly with a smile. I knew you would ask me that question. I knew! Sure, I can get close but it’s not always 100%. They can be very deceiving. Eddie holds W tastings at Smoky once a month.

How do you choose which Whiskeys to place in your bar?
It depends on what is available at the moment. We want every SM on the wall. Unfortunately China is not Scotland. We have to work with the owners, importers, and distributers….some are owned by big companies or private companies and we work with them and the Scottish Development International because we want to import more products. But. Every. Single. Malt. Is different. Some rare, some new and some well-known. Some of the lesser known are good to have, even if we don’t sell them, but you can appreciate them. We want to give people a variety of choice to cater to a wide group of people.

Is price directly linked to quality? When are you overpaying?
I want you to have a practical experience. He addresses the bartender nearest us. Alvin, this is Nicholas from MORE Hangzhou magazine. This is our Mixologist from Taiwan. Can you please pour him a shot of “Big T.” A blended Whiskey from Tomatin. Just like the Tomatin 18, it is smooth going down but a shade less velvety and no fire coming out. To answer your question, this shot is only 10RMB. My eyebrows shoot up in surprise. So even for the student, we can give him a Whiskey and coke for only 20RMB.

So would you suggest all beginners to start at a low price, since quality can still be had?
Depending on what stage of life or entry level you are in. There are three main criteria. Whiskey must be Fun, it’s a Magical Experience, and each bottle has a Story behind it. It’s my job to tell the story. As to Quality or Price we shouldn’t have any filters; Variety is the Spice of Life.

Can you overpay?
Great things take time, Whiskey is one of them. But it’s more of a commercial issue, based on distillery, distribution and how the product brand name is promoted with marketing expenses. In China I can get a Macallan 30 for 30,000RMB or a Tomatin 30 for 7,000RMB. Is Bentley or Rolls Royce overpaid? What production process are you looking for? But I’m walking a fine line, because there are so called experts who may disagree. People ask me: What is the best Whiskey you ever had? I say “the Next Whiskey. And the worst one I ever had…. was the last one.”

How do you feel about Whiskey Cocktails?
He cuts a piece of medium-rare lamb and pours some Whiskey on it and then muddles it with the dark sauce and hand feeds me a bite. If he sold a premixed sauce, I would’ve bought it on the spot. You see? Whiskey can be used as a Universal base for anything. For cooking food or sauces or ice-cream. It can be paired with cigars or dessert. When you have Whiskey with food, does it take away from the purity? Whiskey has many flavors that blend, even with other liquors. Knowing that the purpose of Whiskey is for medicinal purposes and food is for health purposes, W is made of three basic ingredients, malted barley, yeast and water. Its flavor comes from an oaken barrel, maybe already filled by bourbon which gives vanilla flavor. Depending on the production process it already has many flavors. What’s your purpose for drinking W? After dinner I don’t feel like having a high alcohol content; I may have an old fashioned when other ingredients add to its value.

Any important tips to know about Whiskey?
Depending on your mood, maybe you’re drinking whiskey because you’re happy and want to enhance your mood, or maybe just to have fun and celebrate, or maybe you’re sad and want to feel better. But you must control your Whiskey don’t let W control you. Everyone’s experience is different so how can you have a Universal tip. Sure there is a proper way to drink, but who says it’s the correct way? To learn proper etiquette and general info then attend Eddie’s class every Friday night. But I can tell you about the Scottish family. There are four family members representing the four geographical locations Scotch is made. The mother is Central to the family – in Speyside – and she is smooth and motherly. The father is near her side – to the west in Islay (eye-lay) – and is strong, full-bodied, smoky and peaty. The young man – exploring up in the Highlands – is woody and oaky and becoming a man. The young sister – just under her parents’ protection in the Lowlands – is a vibrant, sweet and fragrant young rose. Scotch will invariably have the location labeled, as a matter of pride.

Whiskey culture tends to be male-dominated. Do you feel women are intimidated by this?
That is a question I always indulge in: Women. In fact the three W’s: Women, Whiskey and Wuhan. With these three we can have a lively debate. Take away Whiskey and it’s not very interesting. You need a drink, a city, and a gender base interaction for a lively discussion. All are open and relaxed from the aromas and Alcohol and your lateral thinking may be better. So without women, whiskey is not as fun, nor the city. 

Do you believe women have more discerning palates?
Well that could come down to genetics. I don’t want to go down that road and make a distinguishment. But they do have hormones that we don’t. But I will say that I know female Whiskey owners, and lovers who have a god-given talent.

They say you can tell a lot about a person by what they drink. Do you feel Whiskey women have to combat social stereotypes?
I don’t think a spirit can be classified as gender based. The distributers don’t want that because they would lose half the potential buyers. It’s because of society. But now that’s changing. Even if I notice a male dominance, I can be aware of this situation but as long as you don’t highlight it, it won’t be discomforting for them. We shouldn’t be gender-racial. I like this term better than sexist, and we if we don’t make it obvious it will become fun for all. Whiskey is Universal, W is not political; it is Apolitical.

 

Xie Yusuan  (Owner of Joy Bar)
Several years back, Mr. Xie opened what came to be known as the first true Whiskey bar in Hangzhou. Since then, he has opened a second in Jinhua, a third on Nanshan Rd. in downtown Hangzhou, and a fourth in Chongqing. We meet where it all began at the first Joy Bar tucked away on the small street of Haiguan Rd. off of Xueyuan Rd. between Wen’er and Wensan, just behind the Zhejiang Sports College. It is a small, dimly lit, rustic locale with mortar walls and exposed brick evoking the times of prohibition. Cigar smoke wafts in the air, and the lively chatter of patrons tells tales of good business. I am presented with a velveteen Four Roses Old Fashioned cocktail with a slice of orange rind curling on a sphere of ice. Mr. Xie is dressed as casually as an American, with jeans, a baseball shirt and Yankees cap.

Why whiskey?
Usually, Chinese people like drinking Whiskey with green tea. But it wasn’t real Whiskey they were using, and I had drunk some before this way and seen it before. But my first real experience with Whiskey was just one year after graduating University. I had a Balblair 1997 SM and it changed all my previous understandings of what constituted an Alcohol and what they could be. Its aromas smelled so wonderful and the aftertaste lingered for a long time and it felt amazing afterwards. And no matter how much you drink, you won’t get a hangover the next day.
It was always my childhood dream to have a bar business where I could hang out with my friends and have live bands playing music, watching the games on the television and just having fun. For me, the Whiskey business is a great business to get into now because most Chinese people who drink it think it’s great because you will sleep well and feel very good the next day. And compared to baijiu (a strong distilled rice alcohol), it’s much smoother.

What would you consider your more important personal experiences or achievements?
The first time I came to Hangzhou not enough bars had any good Whiskies. Fast forward 3 and a half years, I have four bars, two in this city, and when people previously had to go to foreign countries to get good bottles, they now come to me for advice and bottles. So that’s what I’m most proud of: inciting a Whiskey culture here that was formerly non-existent. It’s difficult to spread W information to all the Hangzhou people, for example ways to recommend people to try W cocktails or getting out of their comfort zone. People are used to coming to the bar to get a single drink, so I aim to persuade people to try different Whiskies or W cocktails. As a result, people may have different bodily feelings or reactions, unlike what they would normally experience. They get more for their money and a higher quality.

What makes a Whiskey Expert?
An expert must collect a vast knowledge and experience, first by drinking a lot of whiskies, then being able to compare one with other different types, and finally finding the precise differences in taste between two different kinds; and this is usually done by research and knowledge of what they are drinking. And then, you may be able to form your own ideas about Whiskey. As for me, perhaps here in China I often feel like a Whiskey expert but not abroad. I am part of an excellent whiskey tasting group – the China Whiskey Tribe – that is composed of many people from all around China. To be part of this club there are three criteria: You must have accumulated enough years of tasting Whiskey; be recommended by a fellow member, and after this introduction you should attend different Whiskey tasting parties for us to see if you are qualified.

How do you choose which Whiskies to place in your bar?
I prefer Single Malt whisky and Single Malt whiskey. I try to get as many SM as I can in my bars after I try them first. They’re all so precious and unique that they are all worth having. I’ll try every Whiskey that I am able to afford.

Is price directly linked to quality?
If you are just beginning, then I suppose I would recommend a few lower priced Whiskies to try first, as you can still get a good quality taste. It’s important to try several so you can gauge what your preference is. Depending on the person and what flavors they enjoy, I may recommend accordingly. Usually for girls who aren’t used to the taste I may recommend a cocktail as a softer sweet drink like perhaps a Whiskey Sour which has sugar and lemon, however some prefer the taste of the alcohol itself. For novice men, perhaps a Speyside.

How do you feel about Whiskey Cocktails?
Well there are so many, but for me personally a Whiskey Sour is like an appetizer, but a SM neat is the main course.

Any important tips to know about Whiskey?
Yes, just try as many different Whiskies as you can. And just sip a little at a time to really indulge yourself in the flavors and try to remember the tastes and how they compare to the previous one. In this way you will slowly start to find which types and then specifics you enjoy. Whiskey tasting expert Stephen Notman revealed that when doing blind tastings, he always has two whiskies and sniffs and tastes them both to better hone in on the flavors of an individual whiskey by the aid of comparison.

Whiskey culture tends to be male-dominated. Do you feel women are intimidated by this?
Yes I know what you mean, maybe a little bit but in my China Whiskey Tribe club I know a lot of females that prefer neat Whiskies just as any man. And in my bars I see many women drinking whiskey.

Do you believe women have more discerning palates?
I think men may have the upper hand for tasting. It is true that women seem to be more sensitive to the flavors but for whiskies that have a higher alcohol percent, say 50%, this may be their downfall because the flavor of alcohol itself is too overpowering and they might not be able to recognize the underlying flavors. For whiskey nosing, experts suggest diluting the sample to about 20% to better discern the range of flavors under the initial “sting” of the strong alcohol

They say you can tell a lot about a person by what they drink. Do you feel Whiskey women have to combat social stereotypes?
Some women can drink any Whiskey even when men think it’s too strong so if anything they break the stereotype, especially now more than ever in the past. 

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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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