1. August 2018. I’d already spent several hours exploring the unpredictable sights of Jinhua Architecture Park when I came across this congested collection of pocket-sized standalone structures titled Snack Space. Unlike many of the other pavilions all the rooms here were locked, there wasn’t an accompanying information plaque and as I went from block to block I could see the complex seemed to be under some kind of renovation. There were bags of cement, piles of bricks and strewn litter, while even the surrounding lawns had been dug up into mud squares. As architectural snacking goes this wasn’t much of a feed.
2. August 2018. Sunset at the park was lovely and I would thoroughly recommended anyone thinking of coming here to do as I did and arrive a few hours prior. This way you’ll get the park to yourself for the majority of your investigations (it’s largely deserted in the daytime) and finish up by enjoying the shifting colors reflecting off the buildings.
3. August 2018. The locals do flock here for sundown, particularly on the main tarmac path that runs alongside the Yiwu River. They’re not used to seeing foreigners, so expect plenty of staring, waving, giggling, phones getting pointed at you and parents forcing their children to say hello.
4. August 2018. For an ideal sunset spot head to Exhibition Room by the Mexican artist Tatiana Bilbao.The building had been earmarked as an art studio and gallery before the project’s spectacular demise. Still, it’s cool to scramble up the rocky incline and onto the roof for choice views in all directions.
5. August 2018. My final stop of the day came at the park’s so-called Ancient Tree, a concrete, biblical-looking creation by the appropriately named Christ & Gantenbein Architects from Switzerland. It’s a popular spot for people to sit snacking and I had to wait for quite a bit to get an unimpaired shot.
For more installations, along with the fascinating backstory behind the park’s inception and eventual abandonment, have a look at My 5: Jinhua Architecture Park Part I.
For more on my adventures in this largely unknown city check out my other 5s on Jinhua.
Interested in reading more about China? Why not click through my stacks of articles from all around the country.