As the world focuses on the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, officials from the Chinese Olympic Committee must be watching every little detail with extra attentiveness. The pressure is on; in four years, Beijing will become the largest city ever to host the Winter Olympics, as well as the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
For the past few years, Beijing and its neighboring cities have already been gearing up for the historic event. Massive infrastructural upgrades are afoot in Chongli in Zhangjiakou to ready itself for skiing competitions during the 2022 Winter Games. Last winter (2016-17), the town received more than 2.77 million international and domestic visitors, generating RMB1.96 billion for its tourism industry. That’s Beijing Editor-in-Chief Noelle Mateer pays a visit in our cover story this month to speak to some locals and see how these changes have affected them. Turn to p40 for her findings.
Moving back closer to Shanghai to the eastern coast of the country, a city named Yiwu in central Zhejiang is known for its small commodity trade and being the home of one of China’s largest African communities. Since 2016, Hodan Osman Abdi of Zhejiang Normal University’s Institute of African Studies and her colleague Zhang Yong have been working on a documentary, Africans in Yiwu, to tell the stories of 19 individuals’ experiences in their home away from home. In this month’s City feature (p10), Abdi tells me about her filmmaking debut and opens up about her own story as a young Muslim African woman living in the Middle Kingdom.
Continuing to highlight the works of fierce female talents, founder and CEO of ParkLU Kim Leitzes (p15) shares insights on collaborations between brands and KOLs in our Life & Style section, while Arts Editor Erica Martin reviews Long Museum West Bund’s first ever solo exhibition by a female artist – Xiang Jing: Through No One’s Eyes But My Own on p38. Last but not least, Food & Drink Editor Betty Richardson documents one of Shanghai’s few remaining breakfast markets with a mouthwatering photo essay in her section (p54).
Until next month,