Thursday, May 16, 2013

Wuyuan, Canola Flower Trip (江西婺源。油菜花) (6) - Xiao Qi (曉起)

Update:  This was part of the blog entry (4) under the same series.  I decided the original entry was too long.  If you actually read the long version, you can skip this entry.

The next village we stopped at is Xiao Qi (曉起).  The village is very similar to everyone else we have been to in Wuyuan.  Nevertheless, the old pathway linking the upper and lower village is a must-see.


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It says this place serves the most authentic and tastiest Hot and Sour Noodles (exclusive too)
However, I passed by so many of these noodles shop I could really care less
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the open kitchen doesn't help either...
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nothing special about the house but the signage is funny
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the little store keeper - her math is better than most kids...
Her math is better than most adults...

...and you wondered why Chinese kids are smarter.
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Wuyuan is famous for their green teas
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This place used to be a gathering spot for the communists
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Chairman Mao's teachings
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The old pathway linking upper and lower Xiao Qi (曉起), almost prettier than Jiang Ling (江嶺).


lol!
"It's against the law if you don't send your children to school!"

It's funny and sad at the same time.

To think that there are parents out there who think their children does not need education...
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Canola fields along the old pathway linking the upper and lower Xiao Qi (曉起)
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Life is hard in the village.  An elderly woman is pulling all her necessities back home on the old road, including a can of gas for cooking and heating water!
Amazing strength of a woman and a capture of real life in the village is not as wonderful as it seems
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There were very few tourist in lower Xiao Qi, a drastic difference compared to upper Xiao Qi.  I prefer lower Xiao Qi better, as it was less crowded and there was also a very nice rest area by the stream..

what a handy pond... :S
Improvisation at its finest:  a ditch serving as a fish pond
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Since when is free ranged chicken so fat?
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a thousand year old oak
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We asked the kid if the oak tree in the village is the oldest and he answered in English "No, no, no" with finger motion too!  This kid is promising!!! (有前途呀!)
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Not sure what the chickens are doing here
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see, i wasn't joking when i said they wash their food and their clothes in the same river... looks like they are washing their clothes first, then the food...
Washing the chicken and clothes in the same river...
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A lovely rest area by the river
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A magpie - we were told it a lucky omen to see this bird
We were waiting for our friend who just arrived at Wuyuan from Nanchang (南昌) and we were told there was mad traffic on the main road leading to the village.  As a result, we found a random place and ate a simple lunch.  Food was alright.  Since there was no expectation, there was no disappointment.  The added bonus: we avoided the rush hour traffic!  Looking back, I would recommend joining one of the local families to eat and experience real farm food.  Most of them charge a very modest fee (e.g. RMB$20 per person).

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Love the vegetables in the villages.
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Hot and Sour Shredded Potatoes
I am actually quite fond of this dish!
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