The Boy and I just spent a lovely weekend in Kaiping, China.
It’s only 4 hours by bus from Hong Kong but it feels like a totally different world.
The main attraction in the area are these old mansions called Diaolous. They were built like 100 years ago by Chinese people who had gone to the West (like USA and Australia) made their fortunes then returned to China to live out their days in luxury. The mansions are built in a Western style. I think the Chinese find them more interesting because they look so foreign to them, but to The Boy and I they kinda just looked like standard buildings.
It was a really rural area. This woman is drying out rice that she grew with her family. Then they will take it to the local mill to have the husk taken off. Whatever they don’t need to feed themselves they will sell.
This is a ceiling in one of the mansions. So beautiful.
Ok, I guess that a shrine to the ancestors is a pretty non-Western addition to your home.
We found a star-fruit grove. Delicious.
The whole time we were there we didn’t see any other Westerners. We were so unique that when we stumbled across an outside concert on Saturday night, the singer welcomed us to China and the whole crowd applauded us while we bashfully waved.
In other news, today I started my 2 week internship with a local barrister (senior attorney) so expect to see some fancy business wear outfits soon.
How was your weekend friends? Any plans for this week?
Thanks for reading!