Lin Yanjun in Chengdu

Lin Yanjun in Chengdu

We asked international superstars to teach us about the must-see spots in their favorite cities. Wearing PEACEBIRDMEN, Gentle Monster, and Gucci, Lin Yanjun gave us a tour of Chengdu. 

We asked international superstars to teach us about the must-see spots in their favorite cities. Wearing PEACEBIRDMEN, Gentle Monster, and Gucci, Lin Yanjun gave us a tour of Chengdu. 

Photography: Yu Cong

Text: MATHIAS ROSENZWEIG

In the western world, Lin Yanjun is referred to as one of China's fastest rising stars. The singer is a member of the boy group Nine Percent and has become an international face, particularly in the fashion realm, where you’ll often catch him sitting in front of hordes of photographers. To better acquaint ourselves with the singer (as well as expand our own horizons), we asked Lin to create a guide to the city of Chengdu with Chinese brand PEACEBIRDMEN.

Read our interview below, and stay tuned for the full city guide in V118!

What are some of your earliest memories of Chengdu? 

It's the land of abundance.  Hotpot is my first memory.  I just feel [it's] in the air here.

What makes Chengdu unique from the rest of China? From the rest of the world?

Chengdu is a place that is so different from other cities where I've lived. It is so comfortable, and  people here know how to enjoy their lives. Chengdu will make you calm down.  Once you get here , life slows down. Meanwhile, this city contains a lot of culture , like culinary culture and Sichuan Opera. Chengdu is so fascinating that you can not tear yourself away.

Which cities have you briefly visited that you'd like to spend more time in?

Still, Chengdu.  I love spicy food! I did not know Chengdu so well , but after this shoot , my team took me around some typical places in Chengdu. Now,  I know more about it.  I wish I could go to Chengdu again, not for work,  just travel ,  and to learn more about the city.

Are you a big traveler yourself?

I like to travel a lot. But my work can be very restricting in my life; even if I have the chance to travel to another city or abroad, I can barely enjoy the real city.

What are you most interested in exploring when you travel - restaurants , museums , bars , hotels?

When I travel ,  I like to explore traditional snack bars, and park where a lot of local people do excises in the morning. Also museums and places of historical interest and scenic beauty.  All in all , I want to explore things about the location and its history. 

How would you describe yourself in your day-to-day life versus when you are on stage? 

I am a rational person in my everyday life.  Only onstage would I be an emotional person. There, I know how to better express my feelings.

What is it like for you to live in the public eye? 

Living in the public eye, I need to take my responsibility seriously to share positive energy with the world.

Have you ever visited New York? 

Yes , I have been to New York once, in September of last year to attend the fashion week.

What attracted you to becoming an artist? 

When I was a child, I would  look at all the artist on the TV.  They were so charming and confident , and I just became attracted to the stage. 

Can you describe 2018 in a word?

Change.

What are your hopes for 2019?

I hope I can produce some wonderful songs in 2019.

Lin Yanjun wears PEACEBIRDMEN, Gentle Monster sunglasses, and Gucci shoes. 

Credits: Stylist: Zoe Zhang Production Manager: Zoe Zhang Photography Assistant: Gisele Gu Production Director: Li Bai      

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