Misty Mountains

Du An

I took an overnight train back to Guangxi to meet up with some friends. We then drove for a couple of hours to visit some people in the villages of Du An. I have never been to Guilin but this is what I imagine it would look like minus the tourists. Because it was a rainy day, the sloping mountains were covered with mist and fog. There were small waterfalls and flowing rivers on the byways surrounding the villages. We had a chance to walk through the town and on the side roads. I think this small town of Du An is one of the most peaceful places I’ve ever been in China.

Our group headed to the marketplace which was in the town center. Since the cows here only graze on the green mountains where they eat nothing but grass, this place claims to have the best meat. It certainly looked red and healthy. My friend bought a few kilos of it. We also bought an organically grown chicken (free-range) for dinner. One of our friends owns a restaurant and we took the chicken there where they killed it, de-feathered it, chopped it, cooked it, and served it all within an hour. It was fresh chicken if I’ve ever tasted one … eating well is one of the perks of living in China, for sure! I watched the whole chicken-killing process with fascination. The butcher was fast and efficient — the chicken didn’t even scream when its throat was slit. I haven’t seen one since my childhood days, and it was sobering to see the life that was taken just so we could enjoy meat. And that’s only the chicken. I can’t imagine watching them slaughter a cow.

3 Responses to “Misty Mountains”

  1. jenkayo says:

    It’s thrilling to me that you can just sojourn and see/taste so many interesting things. As for the chicken, perhaps it knew it’s fate. Yes, I wouldn’t be able to watch the slaughter of a cow, probably not the chicken either…

  2. kim says:

    no picture of the chicken “process”? hehe

  3. mbcohao says:

    slaughter is not a pretty sight! :-)

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