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National Rollout of Burger King's Impossible Whopper
By MORE Team

The Impossible Burger patty in a Burger King Whopper is the biggest bang so far in the galaxy of plant-based meats, and now that bang is even bigger: The Impossible Whopper goes nationwide at all 7,200 Burger King locations in the US on Aug. 8. After a successful test in St. Louis, which is battleground over the definition of "meat", the Impossible Whopper spread to San Francisco, Las Vegas, Miami and other cities, but national rollout has always been the benchmark of a new era in fast food.

Nationwide availability of the Impossible Whopper does much to assuage concerns that plant-based patties are a fad, a concern cited as a reason that McDonalds hasn't yet made a similar move. When and if McDonald's does choose (really, anoint) a plant-based "meat" patty it will be a bellwether, thanks to the brand having twice the number of locations and nearly four times the sales as Burger King in the US. McDonald's introduced a McVegan in Germany using a plant-based "Incredible Burger" from Nestle that has all the hallmarks of clear broadside at Impossible.

The new McVegan made with Nestle's "Incredible Burger" debuted in McDonald's German locations shortly after the Impossible Whopper was announced.

While the big food chains offer burgers, tacos, breakfast sandwiches and soon bacon made with plant-based meat, an even bigger battle is shaping up in grocery stores. Impossible just cleared a major hurdle toward offering its plant-based meat in stores, thanks to a favorable FDA ruling over the safety of heme, the plant ingredient that allows the burger to "bleed." Barring any objections that offer new proof the heme is unsafe, Impossible could have its burgers in grocery cases by this fall.

Aside from a specially formed Impossible Burger patty that conforms precisely to Burger King's bun diameter, the Impossible Whopper features the same bun, cheese and condiments as a traditional Whopper.

The Impossible Whopper has moved from regional availability to taking its place on Burger King's main menu page.

"We're making meat from plants. That's never been done before," Impossible Foods founder Pat Brown told me, tacitly demoting competitor Beyond Meat's plant-based burger, which has been offered at most of the 1,100 Carl's Jr. restaurants since the beginning of 2019. "People have made plant-based replacements for meat, but they haven't made plant-based meat."

One way the Impossible Whopper will indeed differ from the original is price, costing a significant $1 more in an industry where brands have gone to war brandishing menus of items that only cost a dollar. As with electric cars, price parity with the established choice is a future linchpin to mainstream success.

On the left is the Impossible Whopper we hacked in Impossible's test kitchen. On the right, a traditional Whopper, indistinguishable visually and on the palate.

"Once we have products that taste the same or better and that cost less, plant-based and clean meat will simply take over," according to Bruce Friedrich, executive director of the Good Food Institute, which champions plant- and cell-based meats.

"So very little will change in people's everyday lives as more and more meat is produced either from plants or from cells. Consumers will continue to buy burgers, chicken sandwiches and sausages, [but] those products will simply not have the adverse impact on our environment and global health."

Impossible says its team spent an inordinate amount of time getting its burger to survive the "death-defying drop" at the end of the broiler-conveyor without breaking apart.

The Plant Meat Wars are Just Starting

Burger King doesn't break out sales figures for Whoppers, let alone its expectations for the more expensive Impossible Whopper, but some insights can be inferred from a 2018 survey by Faunalytics. Assuming price was no different between beef and alternative burgers, 65% of consumers polled said they'd still stick with beef, 21% would choose a plant-based burger like Impossible, and 11% would select a cultured burger grown from animal cells, which isn't expected on the market until the early 2020s.

But Impossible's Pat Brown feels such surveys leave out the qualitative experience. "If you give them our burger, and then ask them the question again, a very large majority of them say they would definitely buy it and would be willing to pay a premium for it."

Acceptance of plant-based meats turns not only on taste, texture and price but on overcoming momentum. Environmental and animal welfare arguments have triggered a million conversations and social media posts about meat's issues, yet US per capita meat consumption hit an all-time high in 2018.

A case of Impossible Whopper patties, the result of a long effort to comport to the realities of the fast food industry, not the other way around.

And while burgers are the American diet icon, steaks aren't far behind, and an even bigger challenge in alternative meat marketing may soon unfold at fast casual steak chains like Outback or Texas Roadhouse. Unlike burgers, steaks generally arrive on the plate unadorned, without bun, cheese or condiments to mask any shortcomings. Get steak right, so the thinking goes, and the plant-based dominoes begin to fall.

Source: CNET

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Online Turkey Presale at Sam’s!

In most American households, the Thanksgiving celebration centers on cooking and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey has become a Thanksgiving staple so ubiquitous it is almost synonymous with the holiday.

However, as one of the typical western foods, turkey is very hard to find in Chinese supermarkets. This year, at Sam’s Club, we provide you with a delicious feast at a great price!

Let’s start from the main course—TURKEY!

Frozen turkey presale on the Sam’s Club App between November 9th-13th. Place your order while limited quantities last! Orders will deliver to your home between November 20th -22nd.

Go to the Sam’s App, scroll to “Sam’s Special” section on the homepage and order your turkey. It’s just that simple!

Need a hassle-free dinner?
No worries, Sam’s Club has you covered!

Roasted turkey is available for reservations in-club from November 15th. Visit the club and reserve your roasted turkey at the deli counter 3 days in advance.

Turkey is the leading role of your Thanksgiving dinner for sure, but beef definitely has its place on the table. Who would say no to this fresh grain-fed Aussie beef with the beautiful marbling throughout the meat?

Sam’s Club is committed to providing its members high-quality products at competitive prices through its private brand—Member’s Mark. Meanwhile, Sam’s has fulfilled the life-changing 1-hour delivery service in parts of the areas in most of its club cities. Order on Sam’s App and receive your package within one hour. Wine can arrive when the turkey is done!

It's always warm and sweet when gathering with family and friends. Yet you may still long for familiar tastes when homesickness strikes.

Here are some options that may help.

Visit the club for more cheese options.

When the weather starts getting colder day by day, you know it is time for holidays.

Get prepared for the holiday season with Sam’s and enjoy your treasure hunt in club!

Kind reminder: Product prices may vary by region. Please refer to the actual selling price in your area. Some product are limited in stock. We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

Do You Rumble?

Don’t have motivation to go workout? Tired of running alone? Bored of lifting all those weights in the gym? And got too many injuries from CrossFit? Here comes boxing to shake up your work-out routine!

Benefits of Boxing

Boxing is a truly fantastic sport and it isn’t just for those giant beasts of men that you see on television. Boxing is a sport that everybody can participate in and that makes a huge difference. Of course, you don’t actually have to step in the ring in the form of competitive boxing. We realize that not everybody wants to fight other people for fun, not to mention that taking a few shots to the noggin can definitely hurt your brain, but you can always box for fun and you can definitely engage in all of the training that comes with it.

There's a reason why boxing is the workout of choice for so many celebs and models. Not only is fighting a strength and cardio workout in one, it's the best way to get in tune with your inner badass.

The boxing workout is great for fat loss. Almost every boxing exercise will make you sweat. No matter if you're doing heavy bag work, mitt work, jumping rope, sparring, push-ups or even shadowboxing, you're going to burn calories. You can lose 3-4 pounds in a single workout if it's intense enough. The main physical benefit beginner boxers will see is cardiovascular since boxing improves your resting heart rate and muscular endurance. That lowered resting heart rate and increased stamina can give you an edge in your other workouts.

With a potential burn rate of 13 calories a minute, boxing goes head-to-head with other types of cardio like running and cycling. Plan to punch away anywhere from 200 to 400 calories (for a 140-pound individual) per half hour. Thirty minutes of boxing in a ring torches 400 calories; 30 minutes of punching a bag vaporizes 200 calories.

And now we’re getting to the point, Do You Rumble?

What Is Rumble Boxing? 

Rumble is HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), strength training, metabolic conditioning (METCON), and uppercut throwing cardio all combined in one clean class.

Rumble was founded by entrepreneur Andy Stenzler, who co-founded Cosi and Kidville; Eugene Remm, a nightclub guru, restaurateur and Rumble’s chief brand officer; Noah Neiman, former Barry’s Bootcamp master trainer and a Bravo “Work Out New York” star; and Anthony DiMarco, an 11-time Ironman competitor and former managing director at Google. It’s been said that Rumble is the ‘next big thing’ and that they are uniquely positioned to help shepherd and expedite its growth.

Rumble’s workouts are built around a 45-minute full-body strength-training and conditioning class that features teardrop-shaped, water-filled punching bags (designed not to hurt wrists or other joints), and moves to floor workouts with weights before going back to the punching bags — with inspiring hip-hop and house music mixed with “classics” from Biggie Smalls to the Fugees.

We Tried It: The Rumble Boxing Workout Kendall Jenner, David Beckham and Selena Gomez Love

This class is a challenge from start to finish! We were dripping in sweat and our muscles were on fire, but the beauty of it is that you can go at your own pace. And NO prior boxing experience needed!

Once you check in and get your glossy custom white gloves and wraps, you head inside the dimly lit room to warm up and start throwing punches. Coach Shield, who studied in US and speaks fluent English, will guide you through every step.

We love the darkness for two reasons: 1. You get in there and get in the zone. No one cares about what the person next to them is doing, even if it’s Selena Gomez… it’s all about putting in the work without having to think about what you look like. 2. The lighting system is timed perfectly with the music so you feel like you’re dancing at LIV Miami. When that red light hits you, it’s hard not to turn it up.

And then, of course, there’s the reputation of Rumble Boxing itself. It’s known for attracting celebrities (Kendall Jenner, Hailey Bieber, David Beckham, and — based on Rumble’s Instagram — an absurd number of models) in New York and Los Angeles. Now, we’re getting a taste of that celebrity-endorsed life with our own Rumble Boxing Hardcore Man Boxing studio in Hangzhou.

We swung by for a class on opening day to see if it would live up to the hype, and it didn’t disappoint. Hardcore Man Boxing is located on the 3rd floor of Gemini Mansion in Binjiang. Once you arrive, you’ll see the night club styled studio in black and red.

The studio itself is outfitted with intense sound systems, screens, and lighting (we’re talking black lights, which add some serious dramatic effects) that make the workout experience fully immersive. The water-filled punching bags are from AQUABAG, it costs 3,000RMB each, and there are 37 of them.

There is also a dedicated heart rate meter to record the calories that you’ve burned. The calories burned per lesson will be uploaded directly to the big screen so you can see how much fat you’ve lost in one class.

The locker rooms — slick, pristine white spaces — have all the amenities you’ll need to freshen up after class, including shower gel, shampoo, cotton pads, and even Dyson hairdryers.

After the class, you can enjoy a healthy meal at the reception that has less than 300 calories and costs 30RMB.

We were promised a high-end boutique studio, and that’s exactly what we got.

As for the workout itself, it’s honestly the most beginner-friendly of all the new boxing workouts. The class is 45 mins and the courses are divided into different training intensities (low, medium, and high), from warming up, to weights, to boxing training. The whole studio is filled with hanging aqua bags. Rumble’s teardrop-shaped, water-filled punching bags AQUABAG takes the place of traditional heavy bags.

Overall, the class is a high-energy, upbeat, music-fueled, sweaty good time. (Oh, and you will be sore. Three days later and our abs are still feeling it.)

After experiencing Rumble myself, now I know why the members and trainers look as great as they do. It was an amazing workout with entertaining trainers and an all around awesome time. Rumble: Celebrity tested, MORE Hangzhou Approved.

Now MORE Hangzhou has the opportunity to invite you all to come to have a drop-in at 3pm on Sunday, Nov. 17th for only 68RMB (cost 298RMB on sale), it’s definitely on the higher end of the range for a workout class, but hey, it’s boutique fitness — we never said it would be cheap. Ready to punch and kick?

Pre-sale price: 68RMB
(the registration closes at 5pm on Friday, Nov.15th)
Ticket-at-the-door: 88RMB


From Would-be Toolmaker, to Hotel GM

After years of waiting, Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou, inspired by the journeys of the Grand Canal and the richness of tea, has finally opened! The hotel presents an exclusive lifestyle destination defined by signature restaurants, exceptional spaces, design and gastronomic craftsmanship.

Hailing from Germany, with 32 years of experience in hospitality, Mr. Alex Pichel was recently appointed as the new General Manager at Kempinski Hotel Hangzhou.

Meeting Mr. Alex Pichel

Mr. Pichel welcomed us on the 3rd floor of the hotel. He wore a classic dark navy suit and exuded a dynamic energy. Mr. Pichel’s English accent made a deep impression on us right away. “I love London! I still have great memories thinking back to that time when I was working at the Park Hyatt, which was the beginning of my career.” Mr. Pichel explained, “I went to Argentina, Mexico, France, but in between I always came back to London".

Early Days & Coming Full Circle

Mr. Pichel started his hospitality career very early, working for the Hyatt Group from 1993. The following 7 years, he worked in almost in every position, from bellboy to engineer, from human resources to kitchen, from sales to revenue, from IT to marketing communications, he’s done them all. When he was 32 years old, he became the Deputy General Manager at Hyatt Regency Mainz, which was one of the youngest age for a GM at that time. “I do think it’s important for me to know a little bit about everything, it’s easier for me to run the hotel.”

This time he chose Kempinski and it wasn’t the first time he has worked for that company. As he said, “the loop changes and the loop actually closes.” He started working for Kempinski Berlin from 1988-1992, and 5 years ago he joined Kempinski again, taking his career to Asia for the first time to work at Kempinski Jakarta and Bangkok. “Kempinski is a company with more than 120 years of tradition, it’s the oldest European luxury company in the world,” he continued. “With Kempinski, it’s very different, we are proud of who we are, of our history coming from Berthold Kempinski (the hotel founder) originally, that’s something I enjoy, working for a company that is more compact, and enjoying its quality. It’s defined by the luxury that we really stand for.”

Our Lunch Chitchat

Mr. Pichel invited us to join him for lunch at Zi Chen Chinese Restaurant at the hotel. Zi Chen serves authentic Hangzhou cuisine and Cantonese seasonal favourites in a setting that evokes the grandeur of Chinese heritage. He told us that he had only arrived three weeks ago, but he had been too busy to enjoy the beautiful nature of Hangzhou. Only a few days ago, he visited Xixi Wetlands, the West Lake and the tea village with his team to enjoy the local food and desserts.

We talked about how Mr. Pichel entered the hospitality industry while we enjoyed the delicious food and Pu’er tea at Zi Chen. Mr. Pichel’s impression about China came from his father who was a journalist that traveled around the world. His father would always bring back souvenirs for him, one of which was a vinyl record of Chinese and Asian music. He would listen to that record and dream about those faraway lands.

Life is always full of unpredictability, just as he was supposed to follow in his uncle’s footsteps to be a toolmaker, he did his internship in a small hotel and accidentally discovered what he wants to do for the rest of his life. At the age of 17, he started working as a bellboy. 32 years later, he still loves this industry as much as when he first started.

Today, when we have so many hotels in town, every hotel is looking at the outlets and what they present, but Mr. Pichel thinks it is actually the people and the quality of the service that is the most important, something that is always talked about but has not been very well delivered. Quality is something very close to his heart, he does believe the quality of service, food, and presentation is something that would make a hotel stand out.

At this point, we can see Kempinski does have some unique geographic and environmental advantages. The All-day-dining has stunning high ceilings and huge outdoor gardens, the upcoming bar has an amazing interior design, an outstanding outdoor rooftop and the best view of the canal. Not to mention, Kempinski is the only 5 star hotel in the north part of the town, together with the large shopping mall, residential and office complex, museum, and numerous historical blocks along the Grand Canal, this area has a lot to offer.

What More to Expect at Kempinski Hangzhou

Mr. Pichel told us that if all goes well, Morph Rooftop Bar will have a soft opening in a week or two. MORE was fortunate enough to see the bar taking shape a while ago. We had a private preview tour and we can assure you that Morph might well be the most desirable bar in town. The bar was designed by famous award winner Ashley Sutton, known for many nightlife destinations in Hong Kong and Bangkok, and whose designs are very distinct and recognizable. Morph is his first and flagship project in mainland China.

Frieda German restaurant will open in the first week of December. Its dining experience will set new standards for German cuisine in Hangzhou and it is a continuation of the culinary revolution initiated by Berthold Kempinski. Kempinski’s Frieda Restaurant celebrates its gastronomical origins by paying homage to a very important figure in their history: Frieda Kempinski, the only daughter of Berthold and Helene.

The Berthold Delikatessen is a quality Deli and European-style café. It is located on Floor 1 and connected to Frieda German Restaurant. The Berthold Deli offers a diverse selection of own-brand products, from gifts to freshly made snacks, including packaged goods like ground coffees, seasonal favourites, local specialties, confectionery and preserves.

MORE ended the Kempinski trip by having a quick hotel tour with Mr. Pichel. Besides Morph, Frieda and the Berthold Deli, we also visited the spa and the gym. We must say that we are really looking forward to seeing the full opening of the hotel. As Mr. Pichel said, it is defined by quality and luxury. We are sure Kempinski will bring the people living in Hangzhou a new style of life.

5 Quintessential Fall Weekend Trips

Shortening days, comfy sweaters, steaming mugs of warm apple cider: Some things are so quintessentially fall that, despite the promise of snowy days to come, we just can't wait to partake. Autumn is the ideal time for weekend trips both urban and rustic. Check out our 5 favorite fall destinations and then plan your own cozy escape.

01 The Lalu Nanjing 南京涵碧楼

If there is a name that can stir your emotions, it is The Lalu (涵碧楼). In 1901, Mr. Ito built a small wooden cabin on the Lalu Peninsula for vacation use at Sun Moon Lake in central Taiwan and called it “The Lalu". For hundreds of years, with strict entrance control, only senior governmental officials, generals, prime ministers, and emperors were allowed into The Lalu. Therefore, a myth was created about this building.

However, how did The Lalu come about?
In 1949, when the Chinese Nationalist Government retreated to Taiwan, The Lalu became President Chiang Kai-Shek’s hostel, used primarily for vacation use and to entertain foreign head of states.

The new Lalu Hotel in Nanjing, modelled on one of Chiang Kai-shek’s favorite hotels, Taiwan’s Lalu Sun Moon Lake Hotel, aims to become a landmark in the booming Yangtze River Delta region. It is the second Lalu hotel in mainland China, the first was in Qingdao.

The Lalu has two restaurants: Soalian Restaurant and Ho Jia 9. Soalian is a Chinese restaurant that features Huaiyang cuisine but also presents the essence of Taiwanese cuisine, adhering to the charm of Sun Moon Lake and their claypot duck is the most admired dish in the Republic of China. Family Chiang’s private banquet menu is the highlight of the restaurant. From Braised Codfish with Bean Curd to Cixi's favorite Beijing Palace Silver Roll, from Braised Bullfrog Legs to Urn-Roasted Chicken, the talented culinary team uses unique techniques to allow diners to experience the fascination of Soalian. The seven themed private rooms meet the needs for an undisturbed space during private gatherings.

Ho Jia 9 is an All-Day-Dining restaurant. A blend of Chinese and Western buffet with international delicacies, traditional delicacies, modern dishes, Taiwanese snacks and tempting desserts. Enjoy the visual feast and satisfy your taste buds in a quiet and comfortable dining environment with a relaxed and inviting atmosphere. We can't help but praise, "Ho Jia" (Taiwanese slang for yummy)!

And make sure you don’t miss their “Little Bee” afternoon tea in the morning glory field. Light up the candle and enjoy the last light of sunset amidst the fragrance of flowers. The “Little Bee” afternoon tea set is well mixed with the savory and the sweet: Cream Cheese with Smoked Salmon Sandwich, Scone with Lemon Honey and Cream are great choices. It requires reservations one day in advance.

When you come back to the lobby, if you observed carefully, the grand chandelier in the Main Lobby transforms itself into the misty bamboo forests surrounding Nanjing, and the pattern of the Tea Bar carpet becomes that of the yuhua stone found around the Yangtze River. The design of each space holds within itself a subtle memento of the place upon which it was built, and it is up to the visitors’ attentive eye to discover it. The Celadon Ou music which was playing in the lobby is something rare to hear, “Ou Music” short for Yue kiln Celadon porcelain music and is also known as “water bowl” music. It represents a form of artistic expression and performance skill using the “Yue Kiln Ou bowl” as the main musical instrument. The musical instruments and utensils are made from ceramic clay and if you are interested, they will let you try playing on it.

Price: Room starts at 1,680RMB/night
To get there: Take the high speed train from Hangzhou East to Nanjing South
Add: 208 Yangtzijiang Avenue, Jianye District, Nanjing南京市建邺区扬子江大道208号
Tel: 025 6888 9888

02 Travel Houselet in Huizhou 大旅小舍

Huizhou (徽州) is the old name for the region of southeastern Anhui (a portmanteau of Anqing and Huizhou) and northern Jiangxi. Within 40 minutes driving away from the famous Yellow Mountain, Huizhou has some well-preserved villages from the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 – 1911). It developed into a mercantile powerhouse in the 13th century, and with that developed a unique culture.

With the beautiful nature and significant architecture, a lot of guesthouses opened here in the past couple of years. Apart from those big names such as Banyan Tree, Crown Plaza and Imperial Guard, there are quite a few independent guesthouses that stand out with their own character. Travel Houselet is one of them.

Travel Houselet is nestled in Xixi’nan Village, which is an ancient village of Huizhou with 1,200 years of history. After the chaos of war, only approximately 10 Ming Dynasty buildings and 100 Qing Dynasty houses are still completely preserved in this village till today. Xixi’nan Village has an elegant and quiet environment. Many painters and writers came here to make their creations. Some of them stayed, bought the old houses and renovated it. The transportation is very convenient, only 4 kilometers away from Huangshan North Railway Station.

Travel Houselet covers 2,500 square meters. It has an outdoor swimming pool, bathing pool, garden, bar, Café and restaurant. The restaurant serves authentic Huizhou dishes paired with imported wine. Every once a while, they will bring out their signature roasted whole lamb.

Rooms, bedding and toiletries are all five star hotel’s standard, allowing you to have sweet dreams in the wilderness of the mountains.

Nearby Attractions:

Designed around the bāguà, the eight trigrams of the I-Ching, which match up with the eight surrounding hills, Chengkan is a highly photogenic village that hasn't yet been completely restored, with arched bridges over waterways cloaked with lilies. Buildings are in various states of repair and visitors are far fewer than at villages more firmly on the tourist map. An S-shaped stream snakes through the middle, carving the symbol for yin and yang deep through the heart of the village. Compared to Xidi or Hongcun, Chengkan remains comparatively underdeveloped and is not as well known, but this is a pristine village with an idyllic atmosphere. When you walk into the village, it's a bit like stepping into a maze, with its three main streets and 99 lanes criss-crossing the settlement. Chengkan is 12 kilometers away from Travel Houselet, about 15 minutes driving.

Fengyanglin Wetland Park

This xanadu is walking distance from the guesthouse. Along the river, there are thick and dense forests, green and lush, and there are large maple forests growing along the river bank. This is Fengyanglin, a spot as picturesque as its name. The village hidden behind this thick green forest is quiet and peaceful. During the four kilometers long walk, it seems as if you have inadvertently entered a fairytale world.

Huangshan Scenic Area is 33 kilometers away, about 30 minutes driving.

Xin’an River is 40 kilometers away, about 40 minutes driving.

Tangyue Archways is 10 kilometers away, about 10 minutes driving.

Hongcun is 50 kilometers away, about 50 minutes driving.

Xiti is 50 kilometers away, about 50 minutes driving.

Price: 680-1980RMB/night
To get there: Take the high speed train from Hangzhou East to Huangshan North
Add: Xixi'nan, Huizhou, Anhui黄山市徽州区西溪南
Tel: 15755999699, 13268081627 (feel free to add this number to your WeChat to get more info)

03 Lost Hotel in Wenzhou 迷途后隆酒店

The hotel is one of those uncommon cave hotels in the country. A common feature in Turkey, these hotels are found on cliff sides and allows guests to stay close to the sea.

Nearby Attractions:
Wenzhou Nanji Island

Unwind and zone out for a weekend at Wenzhou Nanji Island. Spend the weekend here catching crabs and grilling up a barbecue while enjoying the sea breeze.

The island is not big but has a large cliff which allows guests to enjoy the sea view during the day.

Price: From 1,744 RMB/night
To get there: Take a long distance bus from Hangzhou Long Distance Bus Station to Aojiang (158RMB). Make boat ticket reservations a day in advance.
Highlights: Shell Sand, Wangfu Stone
Add: Houlong Fishing Village, Nanji Island, Pingyang County, Wenzhou温州市平阳县南麂岛后隆渔村
Tel: 17858039796, 17858039795

04 Sea Mountain Lifestyle Stone Villa in Wenling 温岭海山生活石屋

The revamped villa is incredibly popular and reservations are required in advance. At the villa’s peak, enjoy the view of the sea and the fishing village.

The architecture here adopts a nature theme. The 5 villas are named after sea creatures and each are unique in their own ways. The hotel has an eco-friendly approach, using reclaimed wood from old boats in their rooms.

Nearby Attractions:
Wenling Shitang Town

Known as the oriental viewing spot, the place has many mid-century palaces and stone buildings, as well as a beautiful sky and clear ocean to complement, reminding many of the vistas of Italy

Price: From 980RMB/night
To get there: Take a 2h and 20 mins train to Wenling Station from Hangzhou East, and walk to the visitor center to take a 1h ride to Shitang Village
Highlights: China Memorial Stand, Oriental Viewing Spot
Add: Wuaoli, Greenway, Shitang Coastal Road, Wenling温岭石塘滨海绿道·五岙里
Tel: 0576 8629 6666

05 Shancheng Villa in Zhoushan 嵊山岛山乘小墅海景客栈

Stay in the white Shancheng Villa and feel like you’re in Santorini, out at the Aegan sea for a fraction of the price.

The minimalistic rooms follow a white color scheme, and the floor length windows and blue accents make you feel like you’re at the Mediterranean coast. There is also an outdoor infinity pool here.

Nearby Attractions:
Zhoushan Shengshan Mountain

Located near Gouqi Islands, Shengshan Mountain is situated at the East Cliff and is a great photo spot with luscious greens surroundings.

Walk around, see the fishing boats and try out the delicious fresh seafood here!

Price: From 588RMB/night
To get there: Take a 3h long distance bus from Hangzhou Long Distance Bus Station to Shengsi, then take a ferry to get to Shengshan town
Highlights: East Cliff, Empty Village
Add: No.16 Wannian, Shengshan Town, Shengsi County, Zhoushan舟山市嵊泗县嵊山镇万年弄16号
Tel: 18072662965

Wellington Event Updates

The last few weeks have been extremely busy and exciting at Wellington College International Hangzhou. Below is a recap of some of the activities that have been happening around school.

Maths Week: “Maths is Everywhere!”

"When will I ever use this?" is a question maths teachers often hear from their pupils, and over the past week, Wellington College International Hangzhou set about to answer that exact question by celebrating Maths Week from October 21st to 25th.

In every lesson last week, pupils applied their maths knowledge and skills to their different subjects. Pupils learned how maths in dancing was important; they counted steps to keep in time and used their geometry skills to make dancing more interesting. In science, children made lava lamps and looked at portion sizes to make the most effective lamps. The children in Year 2 experienced coding and how numbers are used all the time in ICT. Year 5 pupils used their maths knowledge to build bridges and Year 3 pupils used their measuring skills to bake banana muffins. In art, the pupils looked at creating shapes with strings and making patterns. In PE they were measuring distance and estimating time. It was also so wonderful to see the children work together across year groups and really collaborate together to learn and to experience new things.

'Maths is Everywhere' provided an invaluable opportunity to discover maths beyond the curriculum and explore how often pupils use maths both in and beyond the different subjects pupil study in school. It also allowed teachers to highlight the importance of a growth mindset in their pupils. To learn more about the math curriculum and math week at Wellington College International Hangzhou, please click this link:
Education Insights | Discovering Maths All Around Us

STEAMing Ahead – Imagining Education
Like Never Before

Wellington College International Hangzhou aspires to provide their children with the skills, knowledge and values to be able to thrive in the 21st century. While they are proud of their heritage and traditions, their educational philosophy is firmly looking towards the future. An integral part of being able to operate successfully in the 21st century is having a deep understanding of new technologies, as these will pave the way for the industries of the future. At all levels, Wellington College International Hangzhou integrate STEAM into their curricula, allowing their pupils to turn theoretical knowledge into practical application.

On 28th October, Wellington College Hangzhou hosted a STEAM Demo Day organized by the China-Britain Business Council, which wrapped up the five-day International Digital Education Conference in Hangzhou. Six leading UK STEAM companies including Discovery Education, Games Workshop, MEL science and more held a workshops where pupils, teachers, parents had an opportunity to learn how STEAM can be integrated into the curriculum to enhance learning.

At Wellington, the College understands that the world is changing quickly. In essence, the College needs to prepare their students not only with knowledge and skills for today, but for jobs that don’t even exist yet. STEAM is a critical component in this. Wellington College International Hangzhou aims to expose their pupils to as many new technologies as possible throughout their time at the College, allowing them to become technologically literate, but with a purpose. At a time when technology dominates their lives, they must provide their pupils with the skills needed to use technology responsibly. Perhaps in the future, they will be the drivers of change, up-ending existing industries and making the world a cleaner, safer, more efficient place.

Coffee Mornings

Parents and the community are essential at Wellington. Starting from this academic year, Coffee Mornings have been held every two weeks to boost the communication between school and parents. Led by Ms. Kathryn Richardson, the principal of Wellington College International Hangzhou, together with the academic team, this is a great opportunity for parents to talk with the principal about the school curriculum and the vision for the school.

Parent Workshops

Besides the Coffee Mornings, there are various kind of parent workshops about the curriculum and subjects held regularly which give a clear picture about ‘what we learn and how we teach’ at Wellington College International Hangzhou to our existing parents. For example, on October 22nd, the performing arts team explained the music and drama curriculum including what level pupils should achieve in each year and how parents can support at home. On October 29th, the head of ICT delivered a workshop explaining how they teach programming and coding skills to pupils from a young age.

Community Events

The Wellington College International Hangzhou campus is a hub of activity not only for existing families, but for the entire Hangzhou community. On October 22nd, Wellington College International Hangzhou and United Family Hangzhou Clinic presented a first aid training for parents within the Hangzhou community. First aid training can provide many benefits, and can help parents rest assured that they are equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to help their children in an emergency. Through the training, parents learnt about the First aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, environmental emergencies and CPR Demonstration. The next Parent First Aid Training session will be held on November 19th. Get in touch with Wellington or United Family Hangzhou Clinic to learn more and register.

Parent Info Sessions

If you are interested in learning more about Wellington and joining this vibrant community, register for one of the upcoming Parent Info Sessions.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 9-11am:
Upper Prep (Year 7-9, ages 11 to 13 years old)

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 9-11am:
Year 10 (Year 7 and above welcome to join)

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 9-11am:
Year 10 (Year 7 and above welcome to join)

The Parent Info Sessions will include;

A meet-and-greet with coffee and refreshments

A presentation from the Principal

A tour of Wellington’s state-of-the-art facilities

A question and answer session where you can ask the questions that are important to you!

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