China

Journey Up to Weishan + Tea on Weibao Mountain

Journey Up to Weishan + Tea on Weibao Mountain

My travels along the Ancient Tea & Horse Road led me to Weishan, which is a two hour drive south of Xizhou, where the LINDEN CENTRE is located.

Weishan was an important and prosperous trading place during the 8th and 9th centuries and the old-town village is very picturesque, with friendly and laid-back shop merchants lining the streets. I was lucky to be here on the last day of the famous Weishan Snack Festival, which draws people from all over Yunnan once a year to gather together and eat all sorts of unique snacks.

Indigo Dreams at Zhoucheng Village

Indigo Dreams at Zhoucheng Village

On my artist walks though Xizhou, I couldn’t help but admire the stacks of gorgeous blue and white textiles that dotted many of the sellers stalls. It reminded me of my days planning fiber art workshops with Shibori artist Yoshiko Wada. The blues range from a soft cloud blue, to deep indigo and are similar to the pool of layered blue hues that I am working with right now in my painting studio.

SOUTH OF THE CLOUDS: First Stop, The Linden Centre

SOUTH OF THE CLOUDS: First Stop, The Linden Centre

JENNA here, writing this travel diary from beautiful Yunnan, China. 

This place has long been a bucket list location for me, stemming from my college days pouring over books that described Asia’s art history objects, calligraphy scrolls and landscape paintings which captured my interest and resonated with me in a powerful way.   If you aren’t familiar with the area, Yunnan is also known as South of the Clouds and is home to some of the most diverse cultures, ecology and landscape in China.