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Taste the divine Jopen beer and visit the Brewery with Dragons Businessclub – 2 November


Wednesday 2 November 2016 at 17.00 h – Jopen Proeflokaal Waarderpolder  

Dear Dragons Businessclub members and relations,

Dragons Businessclub cordially invite you to our network event in Jopen Proeflokaal Waarderpolder Haarlem. Jopen Beer has a very long history of brewing beer in Haarlem and has expanded to China. The export manager of Jopen Beer, Mr. Erwin Klijn, will tell us about the history of the beer, the brewery process and Jopen’s activities. Mrs. Lu Chen, General Manager China of the award-winning design agency dBod/VBAT knows how to build a succesful design bridge between the creative world in the West and modern Chinese market and will give her insights on that.

After the presentations you can visit the Jopen Brewery with a guide (limited seating). We offer 2 shifts of approx. 30 minutes each.

During the event there will be plenty of time to network, to taste the divine Jopen beer and to have a nice dinner before heading home again.


17:00 Registration
17:30 Welcome by Mr. Atom Zhou, Chairman of Dragons Businessclub
17:35 Presentation by Jopen Export Manager Mr. Erwin Klijn
18:00 Tasting moment: Taste the Autumn Season with a glass of Jopen Bokbier
18:15 Presentation by Mrs. Lu Chen, General Manager China at dBOD/VBAT
18:45 Drinks and bites
Start guided tours in the Jopen Brewery
19:45 Lucky draw
20:00 Dinner buffet
21:15 Carriages

Admission: registration in advance is required!

Members of Dragons Businessclub: complimentary

Members of Guanxi or VNC: € 38.25 (15% discount)
Non-members: € 45.- per person
Without registration in advance: € 55.- per person at the door

In case you have registered but cannot attend, please let us know via e-mail ultimately on 31 October 2016 at 12.00 (noon). If you cancel your registration after this date or if you have not notified us that you are not able to attend this event before that date, we will charge you for incurred costs of € 55.- per person.


To attend the Dragons Businessclub Jopen Brewery Event, please register in advance before 31 October (noon) via this link.

Address, parking facilities and public transport
The address of Jopen Proeflokaal Waarderpolder is Emrikweg 21, 2031 BT Haarlem. There are sufficient parking spaces around the venue. Please note that public transport to and from the venue is limited, specifically in the evening hours. We recommend you to order a taxi to the trainstation after the event.

We look forward to welcoming you in the Jopen Brewery on 2 November!

With warm regards,
Dragons Businessclub

Celebrate Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with Dragons Businessclub & De Bijenkorf

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Thursday, September 15, 2016 – De Bijenkorf Kitchen, Wagenstraat 32, 2512 The Hague

Start Dragons Businessclub event: 18:00


Dragons Businessclub and De Bijenkorf Den Haag cordially invite you to celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival (Zhōngqiū Jié中秋节) with us on September 15.

On the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival we will come together to expand our Chinese network, while enjoying nice food and drinks and celebrating the full moon. You will also have the opportunity to taste the traditional mooncakes during the event.

The event will take place in the newly opened De Bijenkorf Kitchen restaurant in The Hague.



18:00 Registration

18:30 Welcome by Mr. Atom Zhou, Chairman of Dragons Businessclub

          Welcome by De Bijenkorf

          Speech by representative City of The Hague

          Speech Chang Wong, Chairman Stichting Ondernemers Chinatown Den Haag

19:00 Food and drinks – networking

20:00 Mid-Autumn Festival

          Introduction Mid-Autumn Festival

          Workshop Moon Cake making

          Workshop Chinese Calligraphy

20:45 Lucky Draw

21:00 Closing


Admission: registration in advance is required!

  • Members of Dragons Businessclub: complimentary
  • Guests of De Bijenkorf: complimentary (invitation only)
  • Non-members: € 30,- per person*
  • Without registration in advance: € 50,- per person at the door

* In case you have registered, but cannot attend, please let us know via email before 13:00 September 12: If you cancel your registration after this date or if you do not notify us that you are not able to attend this event, then we are obligated to charge you for occurred costs of € 50,- per person. 



To attend the Dragons Businessclub and De Bijenkorf Mid-Autumn Festival Event, please register in advance before September 12 via this link.


We look forward to welcoming you on the September 15 in The Hague!


With kind regards,
Dragons Businessclub & De Bijenkorf Den Haag

One Belt One Road and culinary networking [Event Review]

Dragons Businessclub gathered at “Fellini”, a classy restaurant at one of the corners of the Markthal in Rotterdam. It was the perfect location for our event that we co-organized with the World Championship Chinese Cuisine (WCCC) to network and to enjoy delicious food.

Memorandum of Understanding between Dragons Businessclub, WCCC and VNC
This event marks an important milestone: the signing of two Memorandums of Understanding (MoU). The MoU’s confirm the collaboration and ongoing promotion between WCCC, Dragons Businessclub and Vereniging Nederland-China (VNC).

This ceremonial gesture is important because in September 2016, WCCC will be launching the World Championship for Chinese cuisine in Rotterdam. This championship has been called the Olympics of Chinese cuisine. It has already been organized 7 times and it takes place every 4 years. It is the first time that it is held in Europe. We are proud that the 8th time will be organized in the Netherlands.

A result from the collaboration between Dragons Businessclub and VNC the members of each organization can receive a discount of 15% on the entrance fees for the events.

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Jack Wang (WCCC) and Atom Zhou (Dragons Businessclub) sign Memorandum of Understanding

One Belt One Road
The event’s theme talk was giving by Min Zhang from Rotterdam Partners. She started off by acknowledging that the One Belt One Road initiative might be unknown to the general public, but she emphasized on its importance for entrepreneurs and businesses alike. This initiative is like a new Silk Road, only this time it is actively supported by large infrastructural projects along the land and sea route from Central Asia to Europe. Min Zhang explained that the initiative aims to achieve the following three objectives:

  1. Increase export;
  2. Increase import; and
  3. Increase science and technology exchange.

Bottlenecks are going to be resolved on many infrastructural levels, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is going to be promoted and greenfield projects is going to be supported.

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Presentation One Belt One Road (OBOR)


Informal highlights of the evening
We also enjoyed a special guided tour that was arranged by the Markthal. We discovered bits and bytes of the building’s history and architecture. We could also tour some non-visitor’s areas, such as the underground logistic units for the 90+ stalls and booths of the market on the ground floor.

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Markthal Tour
During the event, we were served two delicious Italian meals! As I signed up for the meat menu, I could not speak of the fish and the vegetarian menu.  Up first was a crispy bacon, served on a platter of creamy sauce. The presentation was superb and the meat was tasty. Next was beef served on a bed of vegetables and polenta. The dish was very delicious; the meat was o so tender. I believe it is fried for a brief moment and then specially slow-baked for hours later.

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Italian Cuisine

The evening ended with drinks, talks and of course everyone’s favorite: our Lucky Draw. Amongst the winners there was also a familiar winner. Somehow, Mr. Brandwijk has a 75% win rate at our events. We checked it many times; he is just one lucky man and reckon he deserves it fully. .

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Dragons Lucky Draw winner

We hope to have inspired you at this event and would like to do so again for the upcoming events . Of course, we hope to welcome you again to our next event that will be co-organized with partners from the acrobatic show “Splendid” in The Hague “Zuiderstrand Theater”.

Pictures taken and article written by Cy Cheung
View all pictures here from the event taken by Yixiao Shi

Read more about our members:

World Championship Chinese Cuisine (WCCC) 

Association of Dutch Chinese (VNC)