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Fah Thai Magazine March/April 2018 - Infight Magazine of Bangkok Airways

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HAPPENINGS CHINA CHENGDU

HAPPENINGS CHINA CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU A STROLL IN DONGSHANKOU Dongshankou in Guangzhou is best visited on foot or by bike. Take a leisurely walk along the tree-lined streets radiating out from the Dongshankou metro station, and duck into the many historic buildings turned art galleries. Kui Yuan Art Gallery in the 1922 building is an excellent place to savour art from Chinese and international artists, or explore the quiet streets to discover smaller galleries like Art 11. You may catch a traditional guzheng (Chinese zither) performance or a tea ceremony demonstration. Those looking for a more guided itinerary can join Cycle Canton bike tour complete with guides well versed in local history. cyclecanton.com A CLIMB TO QINGCHENG MOUNTAIN Qingcheng Mountain is an oasis of verdant green with historic sites nestled among its trees and winding streams. One of China’s most significant Taoist mountains, it is home to Jianfu Palace which was constructed in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE) and Tianshi Cave, a major temple that houses a Sui Dynasty (581-618 CE) stone statue of Master Zhang Daoling. The mountain is a two-hour drive from Chengdu, or from the Chengdu Railway Station, take the bullet train to Qingchengshan and connect to the number 101 bus. SPOTLIGHT Chongqing’s Red Fortress Shibaozhai Pagoda, or “Stone Treasure Fortress” in English, is considered an architectural wonder of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) as it was constructed without nails. Built into a steep, craggy hill, the Pagoda’s twelve stories overlook the Yangzte River in Zhong County, Chongqing. One of China’s largest wooden temples, the Pagoda’s red pavilion is accessible via a wooden bridge and a yellow entrance gate adorned with dragons and lions. Shibaozhai Pagoda can be reached via cruise boats along the Yangzte River, stopping at the Pagoda for two to three hours. Another outstanding presence is that of the Pavilion, whose vivid red colour provides a striking contract to the surrounding greenery, and its surprising shape that’s similar to a pyramid. yangtze-river-cruises.com FRENCH-FUELLED With two floors, a stylish bar, and rooftop lounge, Fuel invites guests to enjoy French bistro cuisine and drinks overlooking the dramatic Guangzhou skyline across the Pearl River. Chefs Greg Louraichi and Steven Chen have just launched a new menu and highlights include “Alaska king crab in jelly with Kaluga caviar, avocado foam, and saffron aioli” to start; “pigeon with daikon, pumpkin, fig, chutney, and fresh fig” for a main; and an irresistible “chocolate bomb with chocolate biscuit, black spicy chocolate, vanilla cream brulée, coconut, and Bailey’s sauce” to end. Yuexi Road 118 Pearl River Pazhou District B, 4-5, greglouraichi.com, T: +86 592 531 6600 SIMULTANEOUS EIDOS IN GUANGZHOU The Guangdong Museum of Art’s 2017 Triennial explores the way modern technology is expanding the definition of what constitutes photography. The exhibition argues for a flexible concept of photography that draws on dynamic uses of traditional and modern art, physical and non-physical space, and multidimensional images that interact with the museum’s setting in old Canton and the modern Pearl River Delta. Catch this free exhibit Tuesday through Sunday. 38 Yanyu Lu, Ersha Island, Yuexiu District, guangzhouimagetriennial.org 104 105