A bit off the grid, the collection of contemporary art galleries in a former textile district of Xinhe Cotton Mill. Area around it seems strictly residential, and we don’t pass any mall on the way from the metro to Moganshan Rd. This is a first.
Window cleaners are busy scrubbing what has to be a few square kilometers of glass, dangling from a rope. A delivery guy takes a nap on his bike.
Filled with small galleries and artsy shops, it takes some time to dig out gems and finding all the nooks and crannies of the district. Island 6 is definitely worth a visit, located at Building 6. Exhibitions change from time to time, so there is something new to explore each visit. Although I am also content just to walk through the rundown, almost deserted-feeling urban environment.
Coffee nerds, don’t fret. Hipster café/creative space/art shop UNDEF/NE won’t disappoint you.
January 14th 2017