Chinese Farmhouse with High Thresholds and Balcony Constructed in Wood.
A Chinese farmer and his extended family living near Huang Jinao in Hunan Province gave traditional Chinese hospitality to the friends of their son who went to visit them, even though they were very busy during the time of the rice harvest. The Chinese farm is unlikely to be included in the places which a Tourist Group might visit, but it was an experience much enjoyed and appreciated.
Son of Chinese Farmer Entertains His Friends at Home.
The wooden walls of the farmhouse living room were decorated with posters and hand written Chinese characters on red paper associated with the traditional customs of the Chinese New Year. On one wall of the farmhouse there was inevitably a portrait of Chairman Mao. Between the ceiling beams were swallow's nests, and their return to the nests in the Spring was considered to be a very good omen for the year.
Deep Well in Farmyard Provides Fresh Water for Chinese Farmer and Neighbours.
One of the most precious commodities in any country, is a good supply of clean fresh water. The farmers family, with the help of their friends and neighbors had dug a well in the farmyard from which they could pump fresh water. Tang and Zhang are shown refreshing themselves after a walk to the small mountain shown on the next page. In the foreground is a home-made besom, but in another part of the farm the wife of the Chinese farmer and their son were using home made wooden rakes to turn the rice grains laid out on the farmyard to dry in the sun.
Rice Drying Out in the Hot Sun, With Piles of Chaff.
All the concreted farmyards had rice drying out in the hot sun, which was neatly raked into a pattern of low ridges, to expose the grain. There were also piles of chaff, ricks of rice straw and loose blades, nothing was wasted from the harvest. At the point where I stood to take this photograph, a large very fat pig loudly grunted in its sty behind me, as if relishing the thought of future meals from the harvest at the farm. Fat pigs are more valuable than the lean meat sought by Westerners, as the fat is rendered down for cooking, and perhaps that is why Chinese food always tastes delicious !
|Pictures of Chinese wedding with ancient customs western style. Chinese wedding pictures as Bride and Groom return to Groom's home for Chinese Tea Ceremony, then to Park for photos, followed by wedding banquet in keeping with Chinese Wedding Traditions.
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