JISHOU, HUNAN — I have to confess, finding a travel article in a Hong Kong newspaper about Kentucky was a little weird. Most foreign visitors to the US hit the coasts, not the Great Midwest, much as tourists to China visit Tibet, Shanghai and Beijing, and skip everything in between.

For some reason, I always seem to end up living in the in-between parts, no matter where I live.

Anyway, the gist of the article in the South China Morning Post is that Kentucky is worth visiting to see the “real” America, whatever that means. The writer visited Bardstown, Lexington, Louisville, Mammoth Cave and parts in-between in a driving tour of the Bluegrass State.

Aside from using the dreaded pejorative, “hillbillies,” writer Tim Bryan pretty much nailed why Kentucky is such a good place to visit, or live, for that matter. He even mentions Ale-8-One. Damn. Now I miss the stuff.

Give it a read, especially if you’re from Kentuckiana. It’s refreshing to see how strangers view the Commonwealth.