When visiting Zhouzhang, China’s #1 Water Town for Tourists, we stopped at Xu Xiao-dong’s gallery and art studio (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The artist trained under a master and keeps a newspaper clipping that mentions it.
We bought several watercolors from Xu Xiao-dong, and he gave me written permission to use his art for the cover of My Splendid Concubine. I cropped the photo of the original and added the title and my name.
There’s a narrow, steep stairway in the back (left) that goes to another floor and more art. The artist also paints his art on the second floor.
Zhouzhang, near Shanghai, is more than a thousand years old. Unlike most tourist attractions in America, this town is still lived in. The town’s population makes its living from the tourists who cannot enter unless they pay a fee.
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