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New 2,000km Highway Through Russia Will Connect China to Europe
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The missing link of the “New Silk Highway” is set to finally be completed. Construction has begun on a new highway that will stretch from Russia’s border with Kazakhstan to Belarus, serving as a critical part of the China-Western Europe transport corridor—an infrastructure mega-project that has been described as the “construction of the century.”

Once completed, the China-Western Europe transport corridor is meant to be the primary nervous system of the Silk Road Economic Belt, the overland portion of China's Belt and Road initiative. The corridor begins at the Chinese port of Lianyungang on the Yellow Sea and stretches along the Lianhuo Expressway, China’s longest road, to the Khorgos dry port on the border of Kazakhstan before moving through Russia en route to Western Europe. The corridor is meant to eventually combine road, rail and air transport hubs into a multi-modal ecosystem which could revolutionize the economic role of the central stretches of Eurasia and alter our paradigms of how goods are shipped between China and Europe. Ideally, this highway would allow trucks to travel between China and Europe in just eleven days, as opposed to 30-50 days by sea and 15 days by rail, making it the fastest overland option of the New Silk Road.

While the China-Western Europe transport corridor got its start in 2009, it was hamstrung by Russia’s reluctance to give its portion of the project proper attention and funding. For years, the corridor served as a high-speed transit route into the heart of Eurasia, rather than a bonafide “Silk Road” which properly connects the east with the west. Trucks would speed across China and Kazakhstan on one of the world’s most modern highways only to run aground at the Russian border, where they would meet head on with infrastructure of a more modest persuasion. However, the fortunes of this mega-project may soon change.

Dubbed the Meridian highway, Russia’s long-awaited portion of the China-Western Europe transport corridor is now under active development. It is to become a 2,000km toll road from the Sagarchin crossing point with Kazakhstan to the border of Belarus.

This new highway is slated to cost in the ballpark of $9.3 billion, with most of the financing coming from private firms rather than public coffers—although investors have sought $500 million of government backing to hedge against potential unforeseen political upheavals, such as the closing of borders. The main player behind the project is a Russian investment holding called LLC Meridian, a company that’s fronted by Alexander Ryazanov, the former deputy chairman of Russian gas giant Gazprom and current board member of RZD, Russia’s railway monopoly, who claims to already be in possession of 80% of the land the road is slated to pass through.

The Meridian highway is primarily being developed for cargo transport, and the main stream of revenue is expected to come from tolls, which Ryazanov estimates will take at least 12-14 years to recoup his company’s initial investment. However, the highway is also posited to generate a large amount of knee-jerk development along its route and create new jobs, in addition to reducing transport times from China to the west of Russia three-fold, according to the Russian Ministry of Transport.

One concerning aspect of the project is its geopolitical overtones. Jonathan Hillman of the Washington D.C.-based Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, points out that the route of the new highway subverts Ukraine, which “would add to a series of Russia-led transport projects that limit Ukraine’s connectivity with the east." Political objectives adulterating transport routes and countries battling their rivals with large-scale infrastructure projects are nothing unusual on the New Silk Road. The Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway, for example, takes a conspicuous long-cut around the contour of Armenia, further cutting the small country off from its neighbors and putting it on the outside of the trans-Eurasian cargo flows that are starting to trickle through.

Hillman also pointed out that Russia could improve the future of this project by removing glaring trade barriers in the Eurasian Economic Union. One of the biggest bottlenecks of the Belt and Road isn’t just the fact that there are gaps in key trans-Eurasian transport routes but Russian sanctions against the import and transit of many products that could otherwise be shipped overland between Europe and China, which has actually given rise to a competing new corridor that bypasses Russia to the south.

While Russia has always officially been a participant in China's Belt and Road initiative and the broader New Silk Road, the country's level of actual commitment has always remained in question. Spanning across much of the Eurasian landmass, Russian participation is necessary if China's Belt and Road is to flourish. Two of the major overland routes between China and Europe pass through Russia, and Russian and Belarusian transport companies are often the workhorses behind the scenes that actually make these corridors function. However, Russia has carried out policies, including the above mentioned sanctions, which run directly against the "win-win" nature of the Belt and Road, and have been prone to delay or otherwise hamper the development of key infrastructure projects that must pass through their realm. The start of the Meridian highway is a good indication of where Russia is leaning as the Belt and Road picks up momentum.
Source: Forbes

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2-GETHER @ W Suzhou

Suzhou, China - September 27 to 29, 2019 - W Suzhou keeps it up with its DETOX, RETOX, REPEAT lifestyle by providing fashion design workshop, live runway show, DJ line up, Sunrise Yoga, fuel your glow workshop @ AWAYSPA and more! With never boring activities and never enough energy, W Suzhou owns the moment for its 2-Gether gathering!

Hang out with Chicco Mao & Chloe Zhao! In afternoon of September 27th, award-winning fashion designer CHICCO MAO and actress Chloe Zhao show up in the EWOW suite of W Suzhou and came to impress! Chicco shared his unique fashion insights and his exclusive collection for guests to try on. Chloe amazed with her beauty secrets and fitness tips, guaranteed to make you dress to kill!

WOOBAR featured a fashion show by designer brands including CHICCO MAO, 1=X, Bronze Lucia, KP and makeup team Z-ONE. The customized "Like Elephant" collection was introduced by 1 = X to raise awareness of environmental protection in the fashion industry and invited Yuntian Zhu & Yunyi Zhu as project ambassadors. 1=X uses 3D transparent resin printing technology and seaweed bio-fibre clothing, calling for protection of elephant ivory. The ingeniously designed KING PING shoes brought high fashion to action, immerging footwear with art and culture inspiration. Last but not least, young fashion brand Bronze Lucia presented cross-gender styling ideas with its characteristic design, showcasing their concept of fashion beyond limits.

Sunrise Yoga with LULULEMON in W Suzhou Studio Garden was a hit! A detox and re-boost with morning workout and healthy juice provided by FRESH BROS. Appetites amplified at the lunch safari with an experience of 3 of W Suzhou restaurants (TORO LOCO+SU YAN+THE KITCHEN TABLE) and WOOBAR. Fuel your glow session at our AWAYSPA workshop; Unleash a retro side during the DJ class with W Suzhou music curator DJ Gin and ace the Mixology class with W Suzhou star mixologist Vlad.

Maobaobao, an independent fashion designer in China, graduated from Milan MARANGONI institute in 2013. In the same year, he founded the brand CHICCO MAO in Beijing. Chicco is gifted at expressing nature of oriental women with a western-style of tailoring, expressing his design concept of elegance, self-confidence and independence.

Chen Xi - Fashion & art curator,founder of 1=X and "1 Ton Project". Together with W Suzhou 2-GETHER, customized "Like Elephant" series for elephant protection.

BRONZE LUCIA is founded by designer Lucia in 2013. The brand has a strong Lolita style - retro, girly and brimming with literature and art.

KING PING originates from KING's extreme pursuit of art and craftsmanship. In the spirit of artists and craftsmen, every pair of shoes is presented with "heart and soul" in KING PING.

Z-ONE has been exploring feminine beauty for 20 years. From beauty looks to inner confidence, Z-ONE continuously provides professional beauty services that allow members to express beauty and charm beyond age.

FRESH BROS aims to bottle nature and health into their product and scientifically pairing their cold pressed juice, fresh juice and light food collection with hand-selected nature ingredients.

About W Suzhou

Located on the banks of Jinji Lake in Suzhou, 90 minutes drive from central Shanghai, W Suzhou is within walking distance of bustling parks and top attractions along the lake’s edge.

Owned by Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake Urban Development, the hotel embodies a modern take on the city’s architectural heritage with a design story inspired by the region’s deep connection to nature.

Slip into a mystical setting of floating art pieces, W SUZHOU’s modern interpretation of the city’s architectural and verdant heritage through playful installations of glass, light and other fantastical elements. Mix and mingle in TORO LOCO-a stylish sanctuary with grilled meats, Spanish tapas and original cocktails. SU YAN's sleek, sophisticated presentations showcase the magnificence of local flavors prepared with global gourmet sensibilities. Indulge in THE KITCHEN TABLE's pleasurable edibles, accompanied by ample conviviality and conversation in a buffet format. Drop by WOOBAR for casual snacks and sips during the day. After sundown, it evolves into an eclectic salon where trendsetting ideas come to life against a backdrop of spellbinding beats and vivid libations. Extraordinary gastronomy and a vivacious cocktail culture complete this remarkable urban narrative infused with artfully surprising encounters. Kaleidoscopes of colorful details defy everyday gravity in exceptional guestrooms, while escapism entices with larger-than-life nature motifs at AWAY SPA, FIT and WET.

Take a Quick Tour with Us!

Take a Tour at Sam's Club with Us!

Happy National Holiday, everyone!

We're pretty sure you all had a grand time celebrating this golden week with family and friends - cruising to faraway exotic vacation spots, dipping your toes into that fine white sand,  tasting good food, and finally catching up on some of the items in your bucket list.

With this long time off, we decided to take a quick tour at Sam's Club at Puxi to check out the latest happenings with our friends!

Whole rotisserie chicken gets sold 3,000+ a day!

At Sam's Club, where millions of meals were eaten, the catering area is particularly popular with its members. Many customers make it a point to go straight to the roasted food section to grab the famous rotisserie chicken!

This particular chicken gets sold more than 3,000+ a day during peak season and is a must-buy for Sam's Club shoppers.

Why? For 1.5 kg of chicken, you can already buy this at less than ¥40!

Also, only Tyson chickens, known leaders in the poultry industry as processors of live poultry from their origins, were selected. A private secret recipe was used for the marination of these chickens before being transported directly to Sam's Club stores for roasting. Sam's back kitchen is equipped with a German imported oven, which strictly controls the oven temperature and roasting time to ensure that each chicken has the same excellent taste.

Member's Mark
Whole Rotisserie Chicken

¥39.8/ 1.5 kg.

Yummy Aussie beef up for grabs!

Sam's Club also prides itself with the beef it puts into the shelves - particularly the Australian beef kind. Only cereals were used to feed Australian "aboriginal cattle" for 100 days, growing in lush aquatic areas and equipped with professional dietitians from an early age.

Here at Sam's Club, beef from different parts are available to satisfy everyone's appetite, and they are pretty affordable too! Customers usually just spend less than ¥50 a piece with an average of 3 pieces in a box.

But the fun does not end there! You can taste these on the spot too, right after they are cooked in front of you!

Professional chefs randomly select steaks on the shelves, cook them on the spot and slice them into individual pieces for unlimited tasting. To highlight the advantages of steak, only salt and pepper are added in the cooking process, which does not hide the strong flavor of the beef itself, and the ripeness can also feel the temptation of popping juice.

When the steak is split, the fat part is especially removed so that every guest can have the best part.

Go ahead and line up to find out yourself how good Sam's Club beef is!

True Aussie Beef
*Price subjective to weight

Seafood is gaining popularity!
We also found more interesting things too at Sam's Club - particularly the seafood! There are a variety of cod fillets, salmon and sablefish steaks available for purchase. Here's a little trivia though - Sam's Club does not sell live seafood, but they have frozen seafood available. This assures its customers that all displayed seafood are safe to eat as the quality of the food is better controlled when frozen.

Just looking at that colorful, high-quality fish fillets makes us crave a tasty fish and chips dinner! Yum!

Member's Mark
Salmon

¥158.6 / 600g.

Member's Mark
Frozen Pangasius Fillet

¥47.8 / 1.2kg.

12 Day Eggs!?
Another interesting find in Sam's Club is its eggs! Compare to normal eggs with a shelf life for 30 days, none of Sam's Club eggs can stay on its shelves for more than 12 days in order to keep them fresh for you. All eggs are tested already for salmonella and are marked with its "birthdate." All eggs that are past 12 days from its birthdate are taken off and discarded.

This totally takes freshness to a different level indeed.

Member's Mark
Fresh Eggs

All eggs are sterilized and source-traceable.
¥29.8 / 1.5kg.

FINALLY, Fresh Produce!
What is a supermarket without fresh fruits and a very efficient way to maintain them? Sam's Club actually has pre-installed coolers in their Produce Walk-In area to keep these fresh for its customers! Talk about cool!

No wonder these cherries, bananas, and kiwis are looking so fresh, despite coming from faraway countries like Australia and the Philippines! All ready for us to take them home!

Dole Banana
¥19.9 / 1.4kg.

Member's Mark
Cherries

¥299 / 2kg.

Zespri Jumbo Sungold Kiwifruit
¥199 / 3kg.

Wow! That ends our quick trip to Sam's Club this National Holiday, pretty much excited with the fresh high-quality meat and produce we were able to take us home to try out! Certainly, this won't be the last!

We hope to catch you at Sam's Club soon!

To Make Your Life Easier with High-Quality Products!

Sam's Club takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system where product quality is preserved and controlled from its suppliers to its shelves, prioritizing food safety as much as you do at a great value.

Sam’s quality assurance standard for fresh fruits and vegetables strictly regulates the weight, color and appearance and the level of pesticide residues goods. Different temperature control and regular check towards different products are strictly conducted. Advanced frozen at sea technique and transports with entire cold chain equipment to eliminate food concerns and ensure food freshness and quality are also utilized.

Sam’s Club aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price, only for its valued members.

Sam’s Club provides an English App for you with same-day delivery and next day delivery service to your home or even to your work office. We have also fulfilled a 1-hour delivery service in most parts of our club cities for you to enjoy a quality and hassle-free life in China.

We ensure you that life is better in the club.

What is Sam's Club?
Sam's Club is a high-end member-only store with a history of over 30 years, over 800 clubs, and 50 million members worldwide. Sam's takes pride in its end-to-end quality management system, where product quality is controlled precisely from its suppliers to its shelves. Sam's aims at providing high-quality products from the best origin at its best price.

What is Member’s Mark?
Sam’s Club offers over 600 types of high-quality products at competitive prices through its private brand – Member’s Mark. Sam’s suppliers are of the highest caliber and they strictly follow product specifications during production to maintain product quality and integrity.

Discover, Learn and Experience de World!

During the Golden Week Holiday, a group of students from grades 7-12 traveled to Spain to return with their minds and hearts filled with life-long memories, friendships and more importantly with the experience of having traveled to Europe, for the first time, for many of them.

Through the week the students took Spanish language lessons, tailored to their level and needs every morning, and during the afternoon they ventured out to explore the best of Madrid.

The visits included the impressive Royal Palace, where they learned how royalty lived; the Reina Sofia art center, home of "El Guernica", Picasso's masterpiece; and a day trip visit to picturesque Toledo.

During the trip, they also enjoyed different cultural experiences, including a wonderful Flamenco dance evening, and two Real Madrid soccer matches.

As they stayed at a local student residence, the students got a taste for college living and enjoyed delicious Spanish home-made food!

At HIS we believe in providing opportunities for students to gain understanding and experiences that link their learning to reality, and it was great to see how the students were able to put their language skills into practice, making historic and cultural connections to what they were seeing and experiencing directly.

Special thanks to the parents who trusted us and supported this trip, to the chaperones, and the accompanying parents for being such great companions.

Once a Dragon, always a Dragon!

Upcoming Events

HIS Parent Coffee Mornings

We welcome parents to join us each Thursday at 8:15 am. to review topics that will help introduce and solidify knowledge of what's taking place in classrooms and how we support our students. Next week topic: Understanding NWEA tests and Assessment at HIS.

University Visits

HIS receives representatives from Universities around the world that hold informative sessions to students and parents, feel free to join or contact our College Counselor, Ms. Rachel Pekin: rpekin@his-china.org

Swim Meet Schedule

Parents and swimmers are asked to view the swim team page on the HIS website for details regarding upcoming competitions.

October 19 & 20: SCIS Invitational at Shanghai Community International School, Hongqiao Campus.
October 26: HISAC Meet at Hangzhou.

Parent-Teacher Conferences – October 22 (no classes for students)

Family Reading Night – October 24 from 5:30 – 7PM.


Families will have the opportunity to rotate through to different locations and will hear 3-4 books throughout the course of the evening in languages of their choice.

If you are interested in participating as a guest reader, please scan the QR code and fill out a brief survey so I can be in touch with you. We would love to have a good mix of staff members from upper school, lower school, the language/SS departments, etc.

If you are interested in joining these excursions, email Mr. Sanchez at asanchez@his-china.org We are already looking forward to other travel opportunities for our students to discover, learn, and experience the world!

Admissions for 2020 Now Open at Wellington

The 2020 admissions season is now open at Wellington College International Hangzhou. To learn more about what makes a Wellington education unique, read on below then register for one of their upcoming Parent Information Sessions.

T I M E
9am to 11am, Tuesday, October 15th
9am to 11am, Tuesday, November 5th
9am to 11am, Tuesday, December 3rd
9am to 11am, Tuesday, December 17th

V E N U E
Wellington College International Hangzhou
杭州惠灵顿外籍人员子女学校
2399 Xuezhi Road, Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou
杭州市萧山区宁围街道学知路2399号

Selecting your child’s school is one of the most important decisions that you make as a family.

A Wellington education truly kicks off in Pre-Prep, as our pupils join Year 1. Read below to learn more about our Pre-Prep curriculum.

As our Wellingtonians prepare to move into Senior School, they embark of the challenging yet rewarding Key Stage 3. Read below to learn about the Key Stage 3 curriculum.

Joining Wellington is a rewarding experience for both children and parents alike. A year round range of community events ensures that the entire Wellington community works together to build an inclusive and caring environment for our children. Check out some of the community events below.

If you would like to join this close-knit International community, don’t miss the Parent Info Sessions Wellington College International Hangzhou will be hosting in the coming three months. It is a great opportunity for you to learn more about Wellington College, and to experience first-hand what makes Wellington unique.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 9-11am:
Pre-Prep & Prep (Years 1-6, ages 5 to 10 years old)

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!

Wellington College has gained a strong reputation around the world as an educational leader, providing a progressive and exciting academic programme that is supported by strong traditions developed throughout its 160 year history. This continues at Wellington College International Hangzhou, where pupils are supported by world-class teachers, state-of-the-art facilities and an environment that promotes a highly individual education, ensuring that all Wellingtonians fulfil their potential and are given every opportunity for success. Wellington believes in a holistic education that develops well-rounded children, and that means they provide a wide range of both academic and extra-curricular activities.

In addition to this, Wellington College International Hangzhou offers a wide range of community activities throughout the year, where parents have an opportunity to engage with the school and help make the environment more inclusive and caring for the children.

You can also contact the admissions team at your convenience via phone at (+86-571) 8239 6366 or by emailing admissions.wcih@wellingtoncollege.cn

Park Hyatt Hangzhou Presents Taste of Nature

Taste of Nature - Masters of Food & Wine at Park Hyatt Hangzhou has ended on the 19th. Mr. Zhang Shaohua, Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Ningbo presented the guests a vegan feast, it truly delivered the concept of from garden to table.

The Masters of Food & Wine dinner was held on September 18th & 19th, there were 28 guests joined the event each night.

The Source - The concept of “Taste of Nature” comes from Mr. Peter Zhou, General Manager of Park Hyatt Hangzhou, and Mr. Zhang Shaohua, Executive Chef of Park Hyatt Ningbo, they aim to promote the concept of return to nature, return to a healthy lifestyle.

The Garden - The" Taste of Nature" dinner selected a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits from the garden to make them into the beautiful wine and food, the guests can feel the pastoral, the natural atmosphere, and enjoy the multiple relaxations of body and mind at the dinner.

The Original - Mr. Zhang Shaohua is very good at healthy cooking methods by using less oil and less salt, it shows the original taste of the food itself. At the same time, Mr. Zhang presented the exquisite dishes and retained their original taste, it all comes from years of cooking experience and the observation from life.

The entire dinner venue was carried out the theme of “Taste of Nature”. Carefully laid wheat fields, wheat bran, wine jars, wooden carts, and “hang” performance added more colours to the night. Park Hyatt Hangzhou always pays attention to the details, the guests feel like being in the wheat waves, feeling the joy of harvest in the golden autumn season, and the joy of returning to nature.

Eight Dishes showed Chef Zhang’s outstanding creative skills.
Five-Flavored Vegetarian Platter
Crystal Wax Gourd and Termite Mushroom Soup
Black Truffle with Homemade Tofu, Yam, Slow Fire Roasted Pumpkin
Black Garlic Fried with Lotus and Purple Potato
Fenghua Taro, Matsutake, Mini Carrot, Pickled Vegetable Juice Foam
Grilled Morel with Fresh Asparagus and Sesame Sauce
Longjing Tea Boiled Millet Porridge with Yellow Fungus, Peanut Milk, and Black Sesame
Fresh Fruits & Jelly in Ice Ball

The eight dishes were accompanied by homemade wine, yellow wine from 2007, and the night was perfectly ended with Dom Perignon Rose Vintage 2005.

Masters of Food & Wine is an event where different enograstronomic experiences are brought together in the hands of renowned chefs and expert sommeliers from all over the world. No two Masters of Food & Wine events are alike! A dinner for 20 people or an Open House event for 800 people may have the same name but each of them has a unique personality that makes them different.

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