Traveler Writer Photographer

China isn’t the red communist country of same-faced okay men and yessir women that the past presented. The nation formerly under Mao’s cultural servitude is now brimming with hip artists, free thinkers and incredibly fashionable people. This was especially true during the COART international artists festival in Shu He Ancient City during the start of this month. Folks of past traditions mixed with young artists from around the world in the historic town, creating a dichotomy of old and new that was visually appealing.

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival

Old meets new in Lijiang during the COART international artists festival