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Suzhou Police Registration for foreigners arriving in Suzhou

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What every foreigner must do within 24 hrs of arriving in Suzhou and living in a place other than a hotel is register with their local Police station and get form that is needed for renewing your visa, if you need to do so in China.

If you don’t do this you can occur a fine every day you don’t register. People staying in hotels do not need to worry as hotel staff will register for them after the check–in process has been completed. Once you are registered, you will have a white ‘temporary residence registration form’ that you should keep on file at home. It doesn’t happen often, but the police do have the right to knock on doors and ask foreigners to show their registration forms. Such ‘house calls’ are generally only made if your registration has expired because you left the country and then re-entered, or if you have extended your visa, and you have forgotten to go back to your local police station to renew it.

A ‘house call’ means that a police officer will ring your doorbell, usually in the evening between 6 and 9 pm, and will show his/her credentials and ask you to show your passport and registration form. If you have forgotten to register, you will be given a warning and told to go and register. However, repeat offenders may be fined. Note that every foreigner has to register, regardless of working and/or visa status. If you move house or apartment then you need to re-register at your new area’s police station.

BodyFit25 Suzhou

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BodyFit25 is Asia’s first EMS 3.0 sport studio located in Suzhou’s new shopping Mall “Harmony City” nearby Times Square. BodyFit25 works with the newest sport technology EMS 3.0 which afford to lose weight, build up muscles and/or relieve pain in an effective, healthy and time-saving way.

EMS means Electrical Muscles Stimulation and that means that we don’t work with weights but with impulses. Normally, our brain sends an impulse via the nerves to the muscle to contract the muscles. That’s how we walk, lift weights or do sports. Now, EMS simulates this impulse with our suit and the electrode on the leg and arm. Via our electrodes an impulse is sent to the nerves and muscles in our body. EMS 3.0 means that we can “tell” our nerves to contract the muscles (low frequency) , we can “tell” the muscles directly to contract (middle frequency) or we “speak” to both of them at the same time, which is also the meaning of EMS 3.0 (modulated middle frequency).

BodyFit25 Suzhou

It is not at all dangerous for our body, the natural impulses that are sent from our brain to the muscles also consist of electricity – our impulse is absolutely equal to the natural one. Moreover, our machines are made in Germany, where they have been medically approved and declared safe.

EMS training 3.0 makes it possible to lose weight, relieve pain – for example lower back pain – and/or build up muscles and all this in just 20 minutes once or twice per week. The secret is the EMS itself:
With its impulses, the suit and the electrodes on arms and legs, we can reach up to 90% of all muscles in your body. Into a normal gym, you do lots of time-consuming work-outs for your arms, legs, shoulders and so on, but with our training, it’s all done in 20 minutes. Furthermore, our training is healthier and more efficient than normal sports training. You don’t need to lift any weights, which avoids hurting your joints. EMS is also cell-activating. This means that we put your cells in a state similar to their state just before the cell division. Nutrients and oxygen can be better absorbed and waste products are quickly removed. Thus, you are going to feel healthier.

Additionally, EMS trains the deeper muscles layer as well as your complete muscles corset; this is good for your posture and good to combat your back and joint problems.

We have suits, electrodes and our special underwear in all possible sizes. So everyone is welcome to try-out our EMS training 3.0 at BodyFit25. But there are still a few conditions to respect:
You are not allowed to train when you have tumours, fever, open wounds, a pacemaker or during pregnancy. When your doctor says, however, that you are allowed to do it, there are no problems.

EMS training 3.0 is a sports training – but a special one: innovative, healthy, efficient and time-saving!
Contact:
Carsten Richter
+86 185 5011 9803
[email protected]

Studio:
Shopping Mall “Harmony City”
3F, Shop 3270 BodyFit25
Passage between Sky and Forest area
269 WangDun Road
Suzhou SIP

www.BodyFit25.com
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Wuxi International Club – China, how to adjust to the Culture Shock

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Moving to a new country is always an exciting feeling, no matter if you have decided to study abroad, you are searching for a new job or you have been offered one, moving to China suppose a Culture Shock for any Westerner and it might be even more challenging when is not an individual but the family unit who is moving abroad.

What is the Culture Shock ?
Culture shock is defined as the feeling of disorientation, insecurity, and anxiety one may feel in unfamiliar surroundings.
Most people who live in a foreign country for some time go through an adjustment period during which “Culture Shock” is experienced. Once culture shock is understood, its effects can be minimized dramatically.

Expatriates usually experience the following phases while adjusting to their new country:

Honeymoon phase
During the “Honeymoon Phase”, newly arrived expatriates are excited about their new surroundings and are eager to explore the new country. They are very positive about their relocation and the newness of the country.

Negotiation phase/Homesickness
Simple day-to-day tasks, such as taking transportation, shopping or attending school meetings, can become a real challenge in a different environment. This is sometimes exacerbated by language barriers.

Adjustment phase
Six to 12 months after arriving in the host country, expatriates usually begin to grow accustomed to their new home and know what to expect from their surroundings. Daily activities become routine and the customs of the host country are accepted as another way of living.

At this stage expatriates are able to communicate more freely with locals. The previously hostile country has now become a place from which expatriates can learn and enrich their lives. Once expatriates have reached this stage, the longer they remain in the host country, the more unique their experience will be.

Reverse culture shock
Reverse Culture Shock occurs when expatriates return to their home country after a long period away. As expatriates had to previously adjust to a new environment, returning home presents a similar challenge.

Some basic steps will help you to manage the stress and stop feeling as “a fish out of water”

1 Find new friends
Make and online search, read newspapers and local magazines and join an expatriate club in your city will help you get to know people in your new environment. Knowing people that have experienced the same as you will make you feel supported and understood plus you can learn how they dealt with it.
Wuxi International Club has been working to make Wuxi newcomers to feel at home for more than 10 years.

2 Be open minded
Withholding your judgment will allow you to be an objective observer and will facilitate the process of cross-cultural understanding.
Be open to accepting cultural differences and alternative ways of doing things. The unfamiliar may be frightening at first but in time you will find yourself taking these once-unfamiliar situations for granted.

3 Learn Chinese
Easier said than done, this will increase your communication skills and you will soon realize that Chinese people are happy to see that you at least trying.
Being able to communicate with the locals will minimize the stress of your move.

4 Routine
Establishing a routine like the time you meet your friends, you go to the gym or to your Chinese classes will give you a sense of stability plus will keep you busy.

5 Finally, don’t take it too seriously!
Don’t be too hard on yourself if proudly practicing your new words the locals laugh at you, you don’t know what to do in a social situation or the next in line in the local store seems extremely interested on your shopping.
If you laugh at yourself others will laugh with you.

Wuxi International Club
Contact the Wuxi International Club:
Web: www.wuxiinternationalclub.org
Email: [email protected]

Suzhou Marriott Hotel Five-star Hotel, International Office Building and Executive Apartments.

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The Suzhou Marriott Hotel is located in downtown area and intersection of the New & Hi-tech Development Zone, adjacent to Suzhou Government and Administrative Service Centre with easy access to highways. The hotel lies in the Coastal International Building with 50 storeys’ high, which combine of Five-star Hotel, International Office Building and Executive Apartment. Modernized building features of ancient city of Suzhou, which has already become the landmark of Suzhou.

The guest room is located on the 29th to 48th floor with total room number of 293. All guest rooms present the wonderful sight of the of Suzhou City lies on your foot. Well-found fitness center, in-door swimming pool and Quan SPA help to retreat weary.

Fully dining and meeting facilities satisfied the different demands. The Asia Bistro brings the pure Western-style dishes, The romantic Italian meal appears in the Alto Vino Italian Restaurant, Experience the traditional Cantonese cuisine and seafood in Man Ho Chinese Restaurants, The Lounge creates the perfect place for business socialization, Unique Pulp Bar assembles various types of wine, brings you to enjoy delightfully. 1580 square meters world-class meeting facilities which is your best choice for whenever private party, company event or wedding.

Guest Rooms
Guest RoomsDowntown Suzhou luxury hotel has 302 exquisite Guest Rooms, Suites, Executive Level & lounge. Bathroom features separate bathtub and shower that offer spectacular views of Suzhou Skyline. Guest can relax in a large bathtub and soak up the atmosphere of this attractive city!

The Lounge

Serving afternoon tea buffet and a wide range of wines, cocktails and beverages, the Lounge is the best place to meet and greet.

Java+
At Java+, you can either order takeaway or enjoy our freshly baked pastries, sandwiches and cakes with coffee. It is a great place for business and chill out.

Asia Bistro
Indulge yourself into our sumptuous dinner buffet with mouth-watering Seafood, Western & Chinese, Japanese & Indian style cuisine.

Man Ho
Man Ho offers authentic Cantonese cuisine and Huaiyang specialties. There are 136 seats and 5 private rooms available in the restaurant which is perfect for either business, entertainment or special family celebrating.

Alto Vino

Alto VinoPamper yourself with a sophisticated Italian cuisine accompanied by extensive selection of wine. Alto Vino features an open pizza oven and an individual wine cellar. The elegant environment will surely bring you a memorable dinning experience.

Pulp Bar

Pulp BarFeel the bliss of night at Pulp bar to unwind, sit back and indulge your senses. Enjoy a wide selection of wines, cocktails and other beverages.

Health Club
Located on the 3rd floor, the Health Club features an indoor pool with heated whirlpool, sauna and steam room. Located on the same floor, there is a fully equipped fitness center featuring various facilities including treadmills with individual televisions, stepping machines, cross trainers, bikes and free weights.

Meeting Facilities
Suzhou Marriott Hotel has unrivaled business services which include 1500 meter square of space with 1 ballroom and 12 meeting rooms. We offer comprehensive conference facilities complemented by expert catering and audio-visual resourances.

Social Events & Weddings

Ball RoomSuzhou Marriott Hotel located at exciting downtown, which is a fabulous destination for social events and weddings. Our experts at event planning coordinate the details of your celebration from the beginning to the end.

Address
1296 Ganjiang Road West, Gusu District Suzhou, Jiangsu Province 215004 P. R. C
Tel: (86 512) 8225 8888 Fax: (86 512) 8225 8899
suzhoumarriott.com

Taichi in Suzhou & Learning Taichi as part of Chinese culture.

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Learning Taichi, as one of prevailing sports now, is a profound part of Chinese culture, being the exercise favoured by both domestic and people abroad.

Rui Xing Club is the first official club to teach Taichi, and Mr. Liu Yuanyi, the teacher there, is very professional and famous worldwide. Mr. Liu Yuanyi, as the club’s founder and chief coach, presently takes the position of the vice chairman of Suzhou Martial Arts Association, the director of Chen Style Taichi Professional Committee affiliated to the Municipal Martial arts Association, the honoured Director of Hong Kong Chen style Hunyuan Taichia Boxing Association, and the speciality invited coach of Beijing.

Hunyuan Taichi Martial Arts Culture Center and Zhiqiang Martial Art House. He also is the favoured disciple of Mr. Feng Zhiqiang, who is the founder of Chen Style Mind Hynyuan Taichi Boxing.

Taichi consists of a number of sets, which are composed of a sequence of movements that are performed slowly, softly and gracefully, with smooth, even transitions between them.

The Hunyuan Taichi series not only has the basic movements and skills that are suitable for the old and the weaker to dispel disease and improve health, but also a variety of movement and exercise skills for busy people to strengthen health and to cultivate the mind.

The Ruixing Club was firstly set up in 2001 on Changwu Road, and two years ago they launched the branch club in Fangzhou Park SIP which has a really beautiful environment. They teach weekend classes from 9am to 11am in the morning.

Learning a set of Taichi churn is really cool, not only can you improve your physical condition, but also its a good way to communicate with others. If you are interested in learning Taichi, just take your action.

Rock Climbing in Suzhou

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For a rock climbing beginner, the best and safest way to get started is to go to an indoor climbing gym. The “rock” walls at an indoor gym are not really made of rock at all, so its fairly safe. Suzhou Dushu Lake Climbing Gym provides such a place for climbing fans. It includes 350 sqm of boulder room and 10m high climbing wall.

Moreover there is especially designed campus board, which allows us to hold a full-scalewarm-up to minimise the risk of injury. The indoor climbing centre has received nearly 20,000 domestic and foreign fans of this sports from US, France, GB and Finland.

It has also hosted a series of competitions including a National Youth Climbing Competition and World Champion Match, which makes it the city’s centre for indoor rock climbing.

Their friendly coaches all have experience teaching different aged children, meanwhile, they also have the options of different climbing activities, including mountaineering, ice climbing, rook climbing, climbing competitions, etc..

All coaches have passed authenticated examinations on first aid.

They set up teenager and adult training courses, featuring different detailed courses, for example, adult training is available for an introductory course, basics course, middle course and senior course, while teenager training is available primary class, junior class A and junior class B. The general cost is around RMB1500 for 10 classes covering a period of two months.

Different courses have different prices and schedules, so if you are interested in it, just go there or call them to get more information. After having training classes, those who pass the examination will get a corresponding certificate.

Addresss: 2nd floor, Dushu Lake Sport Center, No.1 Cuiwei Street, SIP.
Tel: 0512-6260-3236

Cycling in Suzhou for leisure, health and fitness.

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Cycling in Suzhou

Along the beautiful Jinji Lake, it’s not rare to see a few cyclists passing by like a gust of wind. Look at the professional suit and helmets, especially the cool fashionable bike with a unique style, you just can’t take your eyes off them!

In the fashion world, there is a cycle where many things of a certain vintage may return as a new trend. Cycling is a gold example. In the 80s, the bike was the main vehicle, as a replacement for walking, and China become known as the “kingdom of bicycles”. Nowadays, with the development of a sound transportation system and the ownership of cars, people don’t cycle as much. And the popularity of e-bike also reduces the number of cyclists. While time proves that cycling is part of a healthy low-carbon lifestyle, more and more people are tending to join the local clubs for cycling and to bring the original fun of cycling back.

Cycling for leisure in Suzhou.
In Suzhou, there are plenty of cycling clubs for all kinds of people, mostly office workers and students. Some of the members knew each other online while others met in the club. They may be in different industries, at different ages, come from different places, but there is one thing in common – they all love cycling. On weekends or in the evenings after work or study, everyone in the club usually receives a message containing the place and time for gathering. After examining the bike, getting a bottle full of water and wearing a helmet ,one rides to the appointed place. An exciting cycling journey waits. Of course, there is also someone who would like to ride his or her own. The cyclists call them “smuggling”. Normally, those people can choose their own routes, and ride wither fast or slow with more flexibility. However, group cycling is relatively safer, and along the way, cyclists can catch up a little chat, which makes cycling more casual, comfortable and interesting.

Cycling for Health in Suzhou.
Mr. Li is a member of the cycling club. He used to be more like most epode, working from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and had to work overtime sometimes, which left him little time for exercise but tiredness. One day, Li’s 5-year old daughter touched his belly and called him Santa Clause. He suddenly realised that he’d been too busy with work, while neglected his health. But after he was introduced to the cycling club, Li has felt much better after some strenuous cycling.

According to scientific research, cycling has several benefits for health:

1) For your heart: Cycling is associated with improved cardiovascular fitness, and a decrease in risk of coronary heart disease.

2) For your muscles: Riding a bike is great for toning and building your muscles, especially the lower half of the body – your calves, your thighs, and your rear end. It’s also a great low-impact mode of exercise for those with joint conditions or injuries to the legs or hips, which might keep them from being active.

3) For your waistline: You can burn a lot of calories while biking, especially when you cycle faster than a leisurely pace, and cycling can help to keep weight gain down, with the added benefit of ramping up your metabolism, even after the ride is over.

4) For your mental health: Riding a bike has been linked to improved mental health.

5) For your immune system: Cycling can strengthen your immune system, and could protect against certain kinds of cancers.

Cycling for Style in Suzhou.

When most people are showing off the cars they drive, the enthusiastic cyclists are competing with each other not just in speed. ‘Fully equipped’ is the premise of cycling. From head to toe, the helmet, sunglasses, jersey, gloves, shorts and a pair of cycling shoes are not only necessary for the concern of safety, but also showcase the unique styles of the cyclists in various patterns and designs.

But the most impressive one is no doubt the bike. The cyclists are crazy about how to select a bike and how to improve it. Even though a car is bought at a pretty expensive price, there’s always room for improvement. For the example, the weight of a bike can be reduced by changing the iron handlebars to carbon fibre ones, replacing the tires with narrower ones or changing the 12 speed derailleur to 18 speed derailleur. Of course, the changes cost a lot of money as well. But it can be a way of showing your personality and taste. As life is getting better, it’s not a bad idea to pick up a fashionable habit that is both health and fun.

Suzhou Regent International Preschool.

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Suzhou Regent International Preschool, was first established in August 1996, providing care and education for foreign preschoolers aged from 18 months to 6 years old, focusing on strengths and hands-on learning opportunities for individual growth.

Regent International Preschool adopts a small-class teaching mode, developing children’s abilities in each aspect, by offering creative activities of variety and interest. With the objective of making sure each child here is physically strong and mentally healthy, there are primarily interested in helping the children to lay a solid foundation for their future. Currently they have children from more than 11 countries and regions, including France, Japan, Denmark, etc.

Regent International Preschool offers a bilingual English / Mandarin program which includes an English Curriculum as follows:

– Play Based Curriculum
– Reading
– Math and Science
– Reading and Writing Comprehension
– Creative Expression
– Music and Movement
– Story Telling
– Computers
– Swimming
– Indoor & Outdoor Activities
– Reading Club
– Toy Club

And Mandarin Curriculum:

– Play Based Curriculum
– Reading
– Art & Craft
– Keyboard
– Computers
– Indoor & Outdoor Activities
– Reading Club
– Toy Club

The English teachers at Regent are Canadian trained Early Childhood Educators. In partnership with the George Brown College, Toronto Ontario, Canada, a national leader in the training of Early Childhood Educators.

The Mandarin teachers are graduates from the Suzhou College of early Childhood Education, which is highly regarded as the largest Early Childhood Education College in Jiangsu Province.

Regent International Preschool is reliable and experienced in the care and education of preschoolers.

Children come to school excited about learning and are curious about the world around them. Early childhood educators at Regent International Preschool strive to capitalise on the natural curiosity of children and set up an environment that directs the child’s curiosity into active learning situations.

Dragonfly Massage and Spa in Suzhou.

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Dragonfly is a new-age lifestyle brand and China’s leading chain of contemporary urban retreats, offering high quality massage and nail spa services to busy expatriates, weary of travellers, and sophisticated local customers. Each of the Dragonfly retreats is an oasis of peace and tranquility in the middle of the busy urban metropolis.

They feature a unique Asian decor, subtle lighting, tranquil music, wonderful fragrances and romantic ambience second to none.

Dragonfly offers four classic one-hour massage services (Chinese massage, Japanese shiatsu, Oriental Foot massage and soothing Aroma Oil massage) as well as a range of indulgent two-hour signature treatments and hedonistic three-hour VIP packages in the Crystal House. This winter, dragonfly also cares about your health preservation by offering Hot Stone Treatment Combined with special massage techniques and aromatic oils it stimulates the mind and brings the body into equilibrium. This particular therapy is meant to benefit the lymphatic system, detoxify the body and disintegrate muscle tension to bring about a feeling of total relaxation and well-being.

Tips from Dragonfly SPA.

1) Don’t go into the spa when you are too full or hungry, Don’t drink alcohol or exhaust yourself before the treatment. Have some snacks or drink red yea to refuel yourself with energy after the SPA treatment. It’s highly recommended that you spend 20 or 30 minutes in the designated restrooms before getting ready to leave.

2) Those suffering from heart diseases, asthma, high blood pressure as well as pregnant women should not do spa treatment.

3) For first timers or those who don’t feel well during the treatment, it is better to shorten the treatment by 10 or 15 minutes.

Suzhou EtonHouse International School Advance Placement Studies.

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Its a thrill to announce the high achievements of our Senior Year students!

For the past 2 school years at EtonHouse International School Suzhou, China we have offered the Advance Placement Program which is a course developed in the United States of America for high school students to gain placement and course credit for universities all over the world who obtain high scores above a certain number on the examinations.

The Advance Placement curriculum is first year university level created for the College Board by a panel of experts and college-level educators in each subject. The AP programs that EtonHouse has run over the past 2 years have been in Biology, Studio Art: 2D design and Drawing, Japanese Language and Culture, Chinese Language and Culture, English Language and Composition, Statistics and Macroeconomics. The Advance Placement exams are scored on a 1 to 5 scale and many of our students since introducing this curriculum have scored top marks which are a great achievement for the school, its teachers and students. The AP programs of Chinese Language and Culture and Studio Art have seen students score 5 in the two years of the courses being offered. In addition, completing AP courses help students qualify for various types of scholarships.

According to the College Board, 31 percent of colleges and universities look at AP experience when making scholarship decisions. Over the 2 years we’ve been running the AP program here at EtonHouse we have seen all our students who sat for the AP Chinese Language and Culture exams and Studio Art, pass with a score of 3 or more.

The two senior students who are going to showcase are Taiwanese AP Mandarin student, Edith Tseng Chen and AP Studio Art Dutch student, Renee Langendonk.

The Advance Placement Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. Students are challenged to develop their own personal work and mastery of concept, composition and execution of their personal ideas and themes. AP Studio Art is not based on written exams, instead students submit their portfolio for evaluation at the end of the school year.

The structure of the portfolio is in 2 sections; Quality permits the student to select the works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique and content that best demonstrates excellence. The Concentration component is where the student produces 12 consecutive pieces of work that make a coherent visual statement about the development of a theme or concept. In the Breadth section the student is asked to demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques. Renee Langendonk completed the AP Studio Art in 2D design in one year, scoring 5, the highest point score.

The Advance Placement Mandarin course has become more and more popular every year. According to the AP Chinese course is comparable to a fourth-semester or equivalent college course in Mandarin Chinese. The AP Mandarin exam test vote language skills and cultural knowledge.

Each section of the exam tests interpretive, interpersonal, and presentational language skills. The exam does not explicitly test grammatical knowledge, but rather integrates grammatical knowledge into the language skills that are tested. The AP exam not only assesses your communication skills, but also evaluates your knowledge of Chinese customs, history, literature, art and society.

The AP Chinese Language and Culture exam is divided into four sections: Listening- primarily assesses your interpretive communication skills, Reading- the raiding sections include a wide range of stimulus types such as advertisements, notes, posters, articles, signs, e-mail, etc. Speaking- the speaking part of the exam is divided into Simulated Conversation and Cultural Presentation and Writing: The writing part of the exam assesses interpersonal and presentational communication skills.

The exam tests your ability to interpret the problem(s) presented in the prompt, analyse the problem(s) and come up with solutions or suggestions, All the students who have sat the AP Mandarin exams under Ms Wang here at EtonHouse have passed with one student scoring a 3 and the others scoring 5.

According to the AP College Board, “AP Exam grades of 5 are equivalent to grades in the corresponding university courses.”