Au­gust 2016

That's China - - Editorial -

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

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