Towards the end of the 19th century, Pablo Picasso and his artistic peers would gather in Els Quatre Gats, a cozy art nouveau café a stone’s throw from Barcelona’s impressive Gothic cathedral, making the café a meeting place for the modernism movement.
For China’s budding artistic talent, it is the jagged Taihang Mountains and waterfalls in the country’s remote “painting valley” that have become their annual pilgrimage.
Every summer, Shibanyan, a township in China’s central Henan province, attracts hundreds of students from all over the country to paint and sketch its valley, which is 30 km (19 miles) long and 4.5 km wide.
“When I wake up I open the door and see these mountains and the air is so fresh. It makes me want to stay