With the city of Hangzhou bracing itself for the upcoming G20 summit - a political gathering that is reshaping the city in quite profound ways, more on which in next month’s bumper edition this month we run to the hills in search of respite, revitalisation and refreshment. Newly opened retreat Walden Resort, nestled as it is in some lesser-known bucolic corner of Deqing County, was the base of our Moganshan-area wanderings, and what a fine establishment it is too, as documented in these very pages. A perfect synthesis of the prevailing natural environment and chic modernity, the resort represents a giant leap forward for Dongshen Village, the sleepy hamlet in which it is based, and the surrounding area writ large. Also present and correct in this month’s mag is a couple of stories that highlight the diverse nature of the city’s leisure scene, with one focusing on the lost art of traditional Chinese storytelling and the other zeroing in on Hanzghou’s embryonic hip-hop dance scene. We also take a look at the sand art of Zhou Xuezi, a Zhejiang SciTech University graduate who has found considerable fame thanks to her unique, Hangzhou-themed creations. Former Hangzhou Music Scene tyrant Jim Phelps makes a welcome reappearance this month too, but this time as an artist rather than as a contributor, as he presents his absorbing album Quantum Collisions, a marvellous work of unsettling ambient music that is informed by his travels around Asia and within the Mainland. Elsewhere, we have all the latest news, reviews and social media reportage that you have become accustomed to over the years. From all at that’s, have a great month kiddiewinks - and enjoy!
David W. Kay Managing Editor