.....times of refreshing.....

9.2.18

I was glad I got a chance to visit my ancestral home, which is Panyu in Guangzhou. In fact, my parents hailed from there and I never felt so good to be able to step onto the city. Though it was just to visit some jade factory on a shopping itinerary,  I was excited to be there and was on a lookout for some 'Au' (my surname) family kampung, just like a kid...LOL

I was surprise too to see some of the home-cooked food served there are quite similar to those that my mom cooked. So, there's a history behind my mom's cooking, she inherited the local food there and brought over to Malaysia. And, I guess the same too for all the moms who came from there.

I bought this milk candy from a shop there nearby. I have opened it before I snap the pix..LOL It tasted like those 'ting ting' candies sold in the peninsular.

Next the tour bus took us to Shunde, which was nearby Panyu, and a district in Foshan City.  We visited FengJiang Village, which was an old village with a river cutting through it. I heard this place was turn into a tourist attraction recently, and the riverside was busy with lots of stores and hawkers selling food and souvenirs.

Greeted by salted fish hanging over the cold , dry air to be dried

Beautiful statues at the river side

You can pay for a boat ride along the river 

Ginger Beancurd...I love it. There was a lot of ginger in it!! 

A part of the river with boats waiting for the customers to board

A walk around the village. It was an eye-opener to visit old villages there compared to those bustling cities 

Kids and teens painting along the river while adults relaxing there

Love this herbal pork meat. It tasted really good, I want to try again! Yummy!!

Yours truly ready to spar ... LOL

29.1.18

I guess whenever people heard of Foshan, the first that came to mind is martial art masters like Wong Fei Hung or Ip Man. Yes, finally, I gotta the opportunity to visit Foshan after hearing it since my childhood in kungfu movies and dramas. And, Foshan is not a village like what I seen in the movies but a big province, though to the chinese people, it is consider a small place. I let pictures do the talking in this post.

 First before we reached Foshan, we were around a place called Zhongsan. I guess it was named after Sun Yat Sen. We were actually at his birthplace and what a historical place to visit. There was a museum here with full of stories about his life, his wives, his siblings, his family, his descendants, parents and etc. It took a while for us to wrap up the visit at the museum.

Great to be at the birthplace of this great man after visiting his mausoleum in Nanjing 2 years ago

Map of the museum area


The place where he is born ... his ancestral house. See below.


The houses at his  home village 

An indoor museum 

Enactment of one of his room  

Cuiheng village - His birthplace 

Enactment of a kitchen in the village

A statue of Sun Yat Sen
 Next we reached Foshan and visited the Foshan ancestral temple which also called Zumiao. Here they housed  several memorial halls and a Taoist worship temple. I especially like visiting the Wong Fei Hung and Ip Man memorial halls.

Wong Fei Hung Memorial hall

The courtyard of the memorial hall. It seems like those KungFu films where the boxers practise their kungfu here...LOL
You can read the history of Master Wong's movies and dramas over here. 

We were entertained to a show of martial arts and lion dance 

Selfie with the statue of Master Wong

Then, I headed to Ip Man memorial hall. 

Yours truly almost want to pose in a typical Wing Chun move but didn't do so out of respect for the Master. 

A portrait of Master Ip

We travel to the Ancient Nanfeng Kiln, which is the oldest kiln in Foshan. This is also where pottery originated in Foshan. Nearby, there were a lot of pottery shops.

I like the design of the kiln, it's looks unique !

Inside the kiln

The roots of the tree crawling up the wall... it must an very old tree


An old lane there

Above and below, some of the old homes there, where most of t hem turn into shops


A landscape view of the village there at Nanfeng Kiln

A street in Foshan 

All these shops sold pottery, it seems to be a local art and product there.
There it is, I let the pictures did most of the blogging in this post. It's easier to show around my day 3 itinerary. And, the weather got colder as we move north, around 15 to 18 celsius compare to Macau and Zhuhai.