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Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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HAPPENINGS CHINA CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU SPOTLIGHT Stilt Standing Complex JINSHA SITE TREASURES In 2001, archaeologists discovered remnants of the ancient capital of the Shu Kingdom that existed 3,000 years ago. In total, the Jinsha site has 6,000 relics, 63 sacrificial areas, 3 burial grounds, and more than 70 building sites. It also contains the largest concentration of ancient ivory and jade from that period. Visitors can explore the Site’s Exhibition Hall, Relics Hall, Ecological Garden, and Centre for Cultural Heritage Protection. The Exhibition Hall has realistic displays on Shu life and compares the Shu Kingdom to the contemporary Mayan, Mesopotamian, and Ancient Indian civilisations. Take Metro Line 7 to exit C, Jinsha Site Museum, Chengdu. Open daily 8am-8pm, May-October. YOUNG ARTISTS EXHIBIT AT REDTORY In 2009, the founders of the Redtory repurposed the Sovietstyle Yingjingqian Canned Good Factory and turned it into an art centre focused on local revitalisation and artistic innovation. Along with exploring the factory buildings turned galleries, visitors can enjoy three large exhibition halls, working studios, book and gift shops, and a variety of restaurants and small coffee shops. Through May 7, 2018, the Redtory features Future Life Handbook, the first exhibition in its Young Artists Program. Curated by Rachel Rits-Volloch, the exhibition features the artwork of six young artists in residence in Berlin and China. No. 128, Yuancun Si Heng Rd, Guangzhou. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10.30am-9.00pm With unique stilt house architecture and views over the intersection of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, Hongyadong is a scenic spot to enjoy historic Chongqing. Converted into a recreational and cultural attraction, Hongyadong showcases local cuisine, folk art, and culture. A must-see sight is the impressive 11-story wooden stilt house that is spectacular day or night. Sample delicacies like spicy hot pot, burning noodles, and fried silkworm chrysalis before heading up to the stilt house’s top floor viewing deck that looks out over the waterfront. Free admission; open day and night. No. 88, Jiabing Road, Yuzhong District. LOTUS HILL VISTAS Located 12.5 miles southeast of Guangzhou’s city centre, Lotus Hill is a huge park with many points of interest. It is famously known as the ancient quarry that supplied stone for the two thousand year old tomb of the Nan Yue King. King Zhao Mo ruled from 137 BC to 122 BC over the Nam Viet Kingdom, an empire that stretched from South China’s Guangdong and Guangxi provinces to Northern Vietnam. Today, the remaining stone cliff walls rise up imposingly above thick forest, tunnels, grottoes, and pools. The park also contains a large statue of the Goddess of Mercy, Guan Yin, a nine-story pagoda, and a sprawling orchard of peach trees. Line 4 to Shiqi, then bus 92 or 93 to the park. DIM SUM IN THE PARK Built in 1958, Guangzhou’s tranquil Li Wan Lake Park is an oasis of calm in Guangzhou’s historic Lychee Bay. Antique shops along Wenjing Antique Street are a picturesque place to find hidden treasures. After a stroll around Li Wan Park and nearby antique shops, consider stopping at the famous Pan Xi Restaurant for some dim sum. One of China’s largest lakefront restaurants, a dazzling array of dining rooms awaits groups of any size. Pan Xi, 151 Longjin West Road. GET LOCAL WITH LOST PLATE With food tours in Beijing, Xian, and Chengdu, Lost Plate’s goal is to “change the way foreigners eat in China by breaking down language barriers and taking them off the beaten path to eat where the locals eat.” Tours are small at no more than 10 people each to give the group an intimate connection with their guide. All restaurants are local, family-run, and in places tourists would never find on their own. In Chengdu, guests can choose from two tours: the 6.30pm “Evening Food Tour” filled with street snacks, Sichuan dumplings, chuan chuan hot pot, and noodles; or the 4pm “Hotpot, Tea, and Market Tour” featuring traditional tea and snacks, a visit to a local market, and Sichuan hotpot. Both tours end at a boutique bar for local wine or beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Tours are allinclusive with unlimited food, drinks, guide, and transportation and are highly rated as one of the top food tours in China. VISIT THE CITY OF GHOSTS Known to locals as the “Ghost City,” Fengdu on Ming Mountain is a treasure trove of Confucian, Taoist, and Buddhist shrines and temples spanning two thousands years. Classical Chinese works like Apotheosis of Heroes, Journey to the West, and Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio all mention this eerie place. According to legend, during the Eastern Han Dynasty imperial officials Yin Changsheng and Wang Fangpin came to Fengdu to practise Taoism and through their study became immortal. Their names combined to “Yinwang,” meaning King of Hell, giving rise to Fengdu’s ghostly reputation. Within the park is a route depicting the Chinese vision of the dead’s transition into the afterlife, including, the Bridge of Helplessness, the Torturing Pass, and Tianzi Palace. While walking this route, visitors can explore intricate depictions of the underworld. Admission 80RMB; open 9am - 5pm daily. About two hours from Chongqing, accessible by Yangtze cruise or by car. 102 103