Shenzhen Party

Shenzhen Party is all about events: what is happening in and around the fast-growing metropolis of Shenzhen.

The numerous, up-to-date events are laid out with images and brief descriptions, and are categorized as either Upcoming or Regular. One of the main featured events is the wine and cheese club which is sponsored largely by SZ Party. A great feature, under the events header as well, is the photo gallery section, displaying high-res, updated pictures from the most recent functions. These are sorted by date and event name and are well organized.

SZ Party is not strictly limited to events and nightlife. The apartment rental section is a good resource as it details locations by district, cost and contact details and can put prospective renters in touch with landlords/owners directly. The Guide to Shenzhen is also useful and contains a great number of articles, featuring topics such as business etiquette in China, choosing a nanny (“ayi”), Shenzhen business hours, getting a driver’s license, banking security, local festivals and traditions, and many more. There are also articles on local tourist attractions, a coffee shop guide, nightlife information, and handy little write-up on taxi costs to different districts. One thing to bear in mind is that many of the articles were written in 2011 and China is one of the most rapidly changing countries in the world.




Guangzhou Stuff

For all the latest event news and listings, Guangzhou Stuff is a decent resource for expats looking for things to do in and around Guangdong’s capital city. Find details on events like cooking classes, BBQs, happy hours, movie nights, concerts, and more.

GZStuff also primarily operates as a social network, similar to Facebook. Members can make profiles, find friends and use their handle on the forum as well. The forum is reasonably active with many q&a style posts, drinking/dining advice, tips on where to get your pets groomed or find love, etc.

A unique feature on GZStuff is the Groups section which allows members to join various groups based on different interests. This allows for easy connection with other locals/expats. Interested in rock climbing or language exchange? There are also groups for French, models and performers, Americans, meet-ups, acoustic guitar fans, and anything else you can imagine.

The Blogs section also makes for interesting reading. Members can post blogs, stories, and thoughts up on the site while allowing other members to provide comments and feedback. Find random musings on life in Guangzhou and China, events, jokes and discussion.