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Shenzhen weekend: Valentine’s Day specials, tunnel rave, and music fest

Posted: 02/13/2014 4:12 pm

Almost everyone is back and people have started work, but now Valentine’s Day is almost here so make sure you have your romantic dinner and present ready. In the meantime, here’s what’s happening this weekend:

Feb. 13th – Thursday Frisbee Throwing Training by the SZUPA – Join the SZUPA Thursdays if you’d like to learn the basics of throwing and catching a frisbee.

Feb. 14th - Celebrate Valentines Day at The Tavern Sports Bar & Grill – Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the newly-revamped Seaworld at The Tavern on Valentine’s day.

Feb. 14th - Valentine’s Day Special @ Willy’s Crab Shack – Buy-one-get-one-free king crab and a free bottle of red and white wine? That’s real love.

Feb. 14th - Be My Valentine @ Le Bistro (Cindy’s) – Valentine’s Day set menu @ Le Bistro offering a delicious meal for two for 568RMB.

Feb. 14th – Valentine’s Set Dinner @ McCawley’s Shekou & Peninsula – McCawley’s Shekou and Penninsula both have different offerings for Valentine’s Day. Choose whichever suits you the best.

Feb. 14th - A Valentine’s Dinner at Milano Italian Restaurant – Milano’s is my favorite Italian restaurant in Shenzhen. If you’d like a romantic setting with delicious food, you’ve found the perfect place.

Feb. 15th – Shenzhen School Music Festival – Ten Shenzhen school bands and one band from Guangzhou will be performing in B10 Live. Sounds very interesting to see the development of new music in the PRD.

Feb. 15th - NÜ YEAR Tunnel Rave presented by The Real Deal – Another rave by The Real Deal boys at the IKEA Tunnels.

Feb. 16th – Ultimate Frisbee in Futian! Sunday Pickup 1:00PM @ Bianfang – The SZUPA meet every Sunday to play Ultimate Frisbee. This week they will meet 1:00PM at the Bianfang pitches.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

(Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at [email protected])



It’s almost Thanksgiving! Here’s where you can stuff yourself with turkey

Posted: 11/27/2013 1:02 pm

Gobble gobble folks! Thanksgiving is here, so The Nanfang has scoured Shenzhen from Bao’an to Longhua to find the the best spot to chow down on a turkey day feast.

Rapscallions will be offering a 24 hour brined turkey, herbed stuffing, cranberry sauce, gravy, roast ham, roasted mix of Mediterranean vegetables in a salad with balsamic vinaigrette, a choice of mashed potatoes or baked mac n’ cheese, a choice of apple pie with ice cream or banana chocolate cake with whipped cream. They have a few openings left for Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday. Contact Aiya for reservations;13928465544. RMB 200 per head.

McCawley’s Futian is offering a full buffet including roasted spinach soup, mushroom and pistachio salad, garden salad, cider brined turkey, sweet potato stuffing, buttermilk mashed potatoes, herbed gravy, citrus cranberry sauce, vegetables, freshly baked biscuits, pumpkin pie with bourbon sauce, and chocolate brownies with espresso fudge sauce. McCawley’s Seaworld and McCawley’s Peninsula are offering similar foods but as a set meal with choices.

The Kitchen Futian and The Kitchen Bantian also have set meals for 250RMB per person. Tables of four or more receive a whole turkey for carving at the table & all sides served family style. Reserve your spot as spaces go quickly. Alternatively you can get a whole Thanksgiving feast delivered to your home for 1500RMB.

The newly opened The Tavern in Shekou is also offering a set meal. Roast Turkey with Herbed Apple Stuffing, Giblet Brown Gravy, Crispy Roast Potatoes, Buttered Garlic Broccoli, Baked Cauliflower with Cheese, Glazed Carrots, Cranberry and Orange Relish all for 150RMB. Add Frensh Onion Soup au Gratin for 38RMB. Add Pumpkin Pie Chantilly for 35RMB. Get everything mentioned plus a free drink of red or white wine, a soft drink, Tiger Beer, Tea or Coffee for 195RMB.

Lastly for those who might not be a huge fan of turkey, Willy’s Crab Shack in Shekou has a deal on steaks. All of their steaks are Buy 1 Get 1 Free all day and if you dine from 5PM-7PM enjoy unlimited free Anchor draft beer!

If any of these recommended choices don’t appeal to you, you can also consider the many five star hotels in the city that usually offer a Thanksgiving meal.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Nanfang.

If you attend any of these events, please email me at [email protected] and we may include some of your reviews in a future post. Let’s keep your event organizers working to provide better and better events!

(Editor’s Note: We’re looking for dining and nightlife writers in Guangzhou and Dongguan. If you’re interested, please get in touch with us at [email protected])


Tapas opening in Shekou, Boogers gone, and more Shenzhen happenings

Posted: 11/26/2013 11:00 am

Shenzhen seems to be changing faster than every before, with a whole slew of new restaurant openings. Amid the change, many have also decided to pack it in.

One of the openings is a new International Tapas restaurant in Shekou, located in the Rose Garden Phase II next to The Snakepit, called Fresco. It is currently in its soft launch so is only open for dinner. The menu there isn’t extensive yet, but they have a very good foundation and are looking to be a part of the community, so give them some support if you can.

Chez Clement French Bakery has closed its Rose Garden Phase II location but still remains actively baking in it’s other Peninsula location. And if you eat too many baked goods, you might like to know Fusion Fitness Shekou near Dongjiaotou will be moving in the near future to a location just up the street across from Atmosphere. More news as it comes available.

Boogers, also on the Rose Garden strip, has closed down after many years serving the area.

Aulon Wine Bar and restaurant is almost done undergoing renovations and re-branding. It will soon be known as Volfoni Italian restaurant, named after a famous Italian mobster.

A new entry to the Rose Garden strip is Bi Won Korean BBQ. Small but very nice little place. Plans are in motion to offer an all you can eat and drink Korean BBQ buffet. I eagerly await that news.

A new Algerian restaurant has opened in Luohu district called Woodpecker. Serving many kinds of Mediterranean dishes to the community. This is currently the only Algerian restaurant in Shenzhen.

Les Duos is a new French Restaurant opening in OCT Bay. They are currently looking to fill many positions. Check out the classifieds section of

Help us inform the people of Shenzhen about what’s new, what’s closed, or what’s moved. If you’ve noticed a new opening, closing, or relocation let us know about it. E-mail [email protected]


Valentine’s Day is only a week away, do you have plans yet?

Posted: 02/7/2012 11:21 am

February is known as the month of love in China, largely because it contains both the traditional western day of love (Valentine’s Day) as well as the “lover’s day” in China, which falls on the 15th day of the Lunar New Year.

The Chinese-celebrated day is already behind us, leaving the big kahuna coming up next week: St. Valentine’s Day.  If you haven’t made plans yet to serenade your loved one in the PRD, the China Hotel (A Marriott Hotel!) in Guangzhou has passed us a few ideas to share with you.  All of the below are specials are for February 14 only.

Valentine's Day at Prime Steakhouse

Prime Steakhouse (8666 6888 ext 3468)

Prime Steakhouse Set Menu for Two

Treat that special someone in your life to a decadent 5-course candle light set dinner for two at Guangzhou’s finest steakhouse. Let the romantic candle lit ambiance set the mood with an evening filled with delectable delicacies, romantic sparkling welcome drink, and a truly unique take away gift for all ladies.

RMB 999 +15% for set dinner for two.

Four Seasons (8666 6888 ext 3123)  

Four Seasons Set Menu for Two

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Four Seasons, with the epitome of classic Cantonese cuisine. A specially chosen romantic set dinner for two awaits you and your lover on this special evening, including roses and a unique take away gift for all ladies.

RMB 688+15% for set dinner for two.

Café Veranda (8666 6888 ext 3248)

Romantic Dinner Buffet

Red is the international color of love and this year, love is in the air at Café Veranda. Our buffet will be transformed into an all red buffet complete with red candle light, romantic dishes and a lovely red welcome drink for all guests.

RMB 298 +15% per person for dinner buffet.


If you have an event or special to tell us about for Valentine’s Day, send it to admin(at)thenanfang(dot)com.

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