China Villages

I’ve just come back from the rigors of traveling to least four different villages in the last six days. It took me a few days to recover from the exhaustion. Because getting online was a problem (and also the sensitive nature of my visits), I could not blog. Needless to say, I once again spent countless hours on the bus and the train. Normally, I enjoy these long rides but the tiredness had rendered me numb to the country scenery I love so much. I concentrated mostly on getting into a comfortable position in my seat. Every now and then, though, I would look out the window and feel that flash of contentment every time I remember all the things I’d seen and experienced during this trip.

There are many things to report and among the things I could write about (and not get in trouble) is the food! I have never tasted as much freshness as I had when I went to the countryside! The rice was so fragrant that the aromatic flavor deliciously filled the cavern of my mouth as I ate. The vegetables were so fresh that the green stalks snapped soundly as my teeth sank into them to taste its juicy center. I have never known meat to be sweet but what we had in the hotpot was so flavorful that even the innards were amazingly appetizing! There is something to be said about eating fresh food right from the farm and not just processed, store-bought food.

A notable place was the one up the mountains where it snowed when I visited. I hadn’t been prepared for the weather. Even though I was super-excited, I was also super-cold.

Samuel Pollard Institute

Before it melted, I was able to capture the snow covering the mountains.

white mountains

The next day, I spent some time with the students and their teacher in one of the classrooms. They were excited to get their picture taken and surrounded me afterward to see what they looked like on the digital camera.

Yi Children

It was a delight for me to find this little church built right beside the school. Many miracles have happened here. It was truly like a “city upon a hill” whose light could not be hidden. Oh, the stories I could tell about this little town!

little country church

Before I left, I talked with the teachers and took a picture with them. They are kindhearted individuals who chose to leave the comforts of the city to teach and live with the poor in this village. They committed at least two years of their life for this service. This picture was literally taken minutes before I got on the motorcycle which was my ride out of the village. I would have had to walk an hour and a half if it wasn’t for it!

village teachers

On the way down the mountain, we saw these villagers with their animal-drawn carts (their usual mode of transportation). We got off the motorcycle and took a picture to remember one of the common sights in that area. The villagers use either a donkey or a horse to go up on the mountains to farm and to buy/sell their crops in the marketplace. And yes, that man was wearing a sack to keep away the cold!

horse cart

2 Responses to “China Villages”

  1. jenkayo says:

    Good to see you MB! This place looks quite rural. Anymore fresh chicken?

  2. mbcohao says:

    haha … not in this place!! :-) I owe you an email, I know!

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