September is always bittersweet. School’s back in session and that means very soon, any signs of the warm summer will vanish, replaced by sweater weather and an actual desire to drink hot water (though, some people, myself included, will be very happy about this). And wow, since we’re on the subject of vanishing things… what a fitting time for me to introduce our September cover story, which is all about those! This month, we’re going back in time to uncover the exact whereabouts of El Piñal, a Spanish trading post in the Pearl River Delta during the Ming dynasty. (OK, that was a stretch – I’m just really excited to tell you about this one.)
Yes, Guangzhou Editor Ryan Gandolfo takes us down south and through history to explore Qi’ao Island, speculated to have been the location of Spain’s perished port. Established in 1598, El Piñal was temporarily run by Spanish traders for two years before they were violently forced out by the Portuguese, who were settled nearby in Macao and largely controlled trade in China during the time. With contradicting stories from the two fighting sides and multiple theories of where it was located by historians today, pinpointing the abandoned port is no easy feat.
Elsewhere in the magazine:
Bryan Grogan talks to director Gu Xiaogang about his epic debut film Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains;
I interview Carl Setzer of Great Leap to see what the craft brewery’s been up to recently;
And Irene Ho visits Mosto’s new burger joint in Nali Patio.
Until next month,