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Chill out in Guangzhou’s Sunac Indoor Snow Park

The Greater Bay Area feels today like the thermostat was turned up to max. Actually, for most of the year, it’s best to get out of the sun in this region. But now, there is an alternative to going shopping or, better yet, getting on a plane: Guangzhou has an indoor park featuring all sorts of winter-wonderland attractions and activities.

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Lionsgate Entertainment World: Be The Hero!

The Hunger Games are coming to a neighborhood near you.

This week saw the opening of Lionsgate Entertainment World, Asia’s first movie-themed vertical theme park. But you will never guess where it is: in Hengqin, the future Orlando of China.

The park is part of a much bigger resort being built in Hengqin, not far from the special economic zone’s new border crossing into Macau. Novotown, as the project is called, will start opening in phases, with Lionsgate coming shortly before the rest of Phase 1 opens in the second half of this year. 

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Piaf! Comes to Guangzhou

Fronted by the internationally acclaimed vocalist Anne Carrere, Piaf! The Showis a tribute concert to Edith Piaf. In two 45-minute acts, the show narrates the rags-to-rich story of the Parisian singer through her songs, complemented by a visual tapestry of previously unreleased photographs and images of famous Parisian locations of the Edity Piaf era. 

The show premiered in 2015 and has since toured the world. Now it is in Guangzhou, at the Opera House. 

Book tickets for next week, July 24-28, here. 

Guangzhou mostly costly, yet popular for graduates

Guangzhou continues to break stereotypes. The provincial capital is not known for its natural beauty, or its varied and abundant lifestyle options for young people. Neither, for that matter, does it compare to Shenzhen for cool tech jobs. And yet, it is the country’s second-most popular destination for university graduates, after Shanghai. And this is even though its rental costs are the country’s highest as a percentage of income.

Guangzhou’s rent-to-income ratio of 32.9% for university graduates is apparently no barrier, according to a report from the online property giant, Beike. This is largely due to its “abundant employment opportunities and convenient living environment”. 

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Aerotel provides napping rooms in Guangzhou airport

Ever been stuck in Guangzhou airport overnight, waiting for a connection? Next time you might consider a comfortable “napping lounge”, Aerotel, for exhausted travelers during the waiting time of flight transfer.
It’s not a lounge. If you follow the signs to the “napping lounge” in the airport, you will guided to a very nice hotel, offering single rooms, premium single rooms, and premium double rooms for at least a three-hour stay. They are spacious, with 5-star quality beddings and all the daily necessities. Need a copier, printer, and fax machine? No problem. You can also enjoy Guangzhou-style dishes at the 24-hour lounge bar of the hotel.

Read more in Chinese.

Shenzhen Airport teams up with Muji

The Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport has teamed up with the popular Japanese retail brand Muji to offer passengers a new kind of terminal experience while they wait for domestic flights.

The branded relaxation lounge, China’s first, can accommodate up to 300 people at any given time. Inspired by the trendiness of co-working spaces sprouting around China, the lounge provides personalized sections for work and relaxation.

The 279sqm relaxation area has movable chairs that can be arranged freely to allow easier conversation. The 227sqm working area is equipped with electrical sockets and USB chargers as well as a projector and writable wallcovering for conducting business meetings.

The entire waiting area has adopted Muji’s typical minimalist style with a distinctive wood-like feel and lime green leather benches for a touch of warmth and coziness.

Read more (in Chinese).

Beckham brings London to Macau

Sands China Ltd, owner of the dominant cluster of resorts in Macau’s Cotai district, unveiled its plans today for a US$2.2 billion investment that will create The Londoner Macao. Alongside The Parisian Macao, which opened in 2016, and The Venetian Macao, which opened in 2007, The Londoner Macao is actually just a renovation of the current Sands Cotai Central integrated resort. But its upgrade will see the addition of some new and bigger rooms, plus a façade makeover that will include a likeness of Big Ben and Westminster.

David Beckham, former footballer and British celebrity, was in Macau for the press conference. As can be seen on his Facebook page, they also released a fun new video of him running around London putting post-it notes on iconic buildings and other famous objects that he wants to be moved to Macau.See the story here and the video here.