Ed­i­to­rial

That's China - - Editorial - David W. Kay Managing Editor

Last month saw the that’s team hit­ting the road again in search of cul­tural trea­sure, breath­tak­ing land­scapes, lesser­known points of in­ter­est and good, lo­cal food. When I was told that we were head­ing to Yiwu, I was ini­tially some­what un­der­whelmed, as the only thing I knew about the place was that it is home to the world’s largest small com­modi­ties mar­ket, and that, whilst in­ter­est­ing in its own right, I didn’t re­ally feel up for traips­ing around its never-end­ing cor­ri­dors and al­ley­ways. I needn't have wor­ried of course, as rather than vis­it­ing Yiwu’s com­mer­cial mecca we in­stead cen­tred our gaze of the nearby town of Fotang, a place swim­ming with unique his­tory, charm and cul­ture for us all to en­joy and dis­cover. We did hang out in Yiwu dur­ing the evening though, sam­pling the city’s au­then­tic mid­dle-eastern cui­sine in the process. Boast­ing an in­ter­est­ing, wind­ing old street, a leafy river­bank com­mu­nity, an ar­chi­tec­ture park, a glo­ri­ous tem­ple and good, hon­est-to-good­ness grub, the Fotang area has much to of­fer dis­cern­ing trav­ellers, and re­wards cu­ri­ous, patient souls ten­fold with a wicker ham­per of Ori­en­tal delights. Else­where this month I sat down with NYC based Greek pho­tog­ra­pher Ste­fanos Me­taxas who was in town to ex­hibit a few of his works in the city’s San­lang Art Di­men­sion gallery. Ad­di­tion­ally, the 25-year-old pro­vides us with this month’s Al­ter­nate Vi­sions col­umn, in which he chron­i­cles his me­morable, 9-day Chi­nese ad­ven­ture. Thanks for read­ing folks, and please don’t hes­i­tate to con­tact me with any sub­mis­sions, ideas, queries or funny we chat stick­ers. You can reach me on ed­i­to­rial.thatschina@gmail.com or fol­low us on wechat (ID: that­s_China).

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