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Fah Thai Magazine Jul-Aug 2018

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HAPPENINGS CHINA CHENGDU / CHONGQING / GUANGZHOU SPOTLIGHT High Up for High Tea Located in the upper levels of Guangzhou’s IFC Building, the Four Seasons Guangzhou is a perfect place to enjoy a birds-eye view of Huacheng Park, the city’s Central Business District, and the iconic Canton Tower. After a leisurely walk in the park, take the elevator an earpopping 70 floors up to the Four Seasons Atrium Lounge. Enjoy a delectable afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and petit fours for 438RMB plus service charge for two people. For those looking for a night out, head up to the Tian (Sky) Bar on the 99th Floor for a craft cocktail overlooking the Pearl River. On the weekend, be sure to call ahead to reserve a window seat, as this chic bar is a popular place. Drinks from 150-200RMB, view is free! +86 20 8883 3888, GUANGZHOU OPERA HOUSE Designed by Zaha Hadid, the Guangzhou Opera House is a gorgeous example of modern architecture in an urban setting and inspired by river valleys. The building’s shape resembles that of two pebbles on the bank of the Pearl River. Inside in 1,800-seat theatre with a 400-seat multifunctional hall, rehearsal rooms and entrance hall. Major shows coming up include the Danish drama “Andersen’s Fairytale Life” July 7-8, followed by “Kinky Boots” August 9-19, and the criticallyacclaimed musical “Cats” August 30 - September 16. FLAVOURS OF SICHUAN For over a thousand years, Sichuan food has been known for being flavourful and sweet. It was only around 300 years ago that international traders introduced the hot pepper to Sichuan, which, along with numbing peppercorns, became the heart of Sichuan cuisine and the province’s characteristic “Ma La” flavour. Traditional Sichuan dishes layer flavours, showcasing the region’s complex sweet and spicy history. For a taste of Sichuan beyond hot pot, try the delicious food at Shītúqíng Rénmín Shítáng ( 师 徒 情 人 民 食 堂 ) in Chengdu. This local restaurant serves up traditional dishes like spicy mashed eggplant, delicately spiced and liberally fried potatoes, sweet Gong Bao Ji Ding (Kung Pao Chicken), and fresh cucumbers layered with coriander and red peppers. Come with a group and order a variety of dishes to share. Glory North Road, No. 86, 28 87769215 CI QI KOU — CHONGQING’S PORCELAIN PORT Located on the Jia Ling River, the ancient village of Ci Qi Kou, or Porcelain Port, has been a wellknown market and trading centre for centuries. Famous for its porcelain during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, today Ci Qi Kou has been restored into a tourist-friendly window into ancient Chongqing. Its walking streets offer teashops, Shu embroidery workshops, and artist studios. Local restaurants serve Sichuan specialties like Mao Xue Wang, a spicy duck blood stew. Climb up to Baolun Temple’s observation deck to take in the contrast of the ancient city and backdrop of distant skyscrapers. From Chong Qing, take metro Line 1 to Ciqikou station. CRAFT COFFEE AT LAIHUI Entrepreneurial, daring, and delicious, Guangzhou’s coffee culture has firmly taken off. Tucked into a quiet, tree-lined neighbourhood just next to the bustling Grandview Mall, Laihui, or “Back and Forth,” is the ideal place to sip a perfectly poured latte, expertly crafted pour-over, or refreshing cold brew. With beans imported from Ethiopia, Colombia, and Peru but roasted in Zhaoqing, Guangdong, Laihui offers customers a mix of exquisite coffee and local charm. Sit a while or enjoy walking around the quiet neighbourhood, a treasure trove of boutique clothes shops, Japanese and Korean restaurants, and small salons. Tianhe Road No. 84, 20 29847242 ART AND CULTURE IN CHENGDU In the heart of Chengdu’s historic district, Chengdu Culture Park contains a wealth of Sichuan history amid scenic walks and sculpted gardens. A highlight is the famous Taoist Qingyang Palace that dates back to the Tang Dynasty. As night falls, head over to the Shu Feng Ya Yun Theatre to see traditional performance arts. Guests sip tea while watching a dazzling display of Sichuan opera, puppetry, acrobatics, comedy, magic, fire breathing, and the ancient art of face changing., 28 66008875 102