As I write this I am travelling through southern China in the Pearl River Delta region, just a couple of hours from Hong Kong.
It has been fascinating walking through the narrow streets and old houses where my parents once walked. And seeing the families still living in the same areas, gathering together and in some cases carrying on old family traditions.
The landscape has certainly changed. What once were paddocks and farmlands has now been largely transformed into industrial buildings and modern centres of commerce.
However the thing I love is that some things don’t seem to have changed over the years. Families are strong and people still often come together. There is the respect and honour for the elderly.
Some other customs have not changed. The photo shows a man going around the textile factories with large pots on the back of a tricycle. He has a recording of someone repeating ‘tofu fa, leung fun’ blaring over a loudspeaker mounted to his tricycle.
I find this interesting as I used to hear stories about how my father when he was still alive along with some of his brothers going around the villages selling wanton noodle soup. No recorded messages and loudspeakers those days…
That was decades ago but it seems this aspect of life in rural Zhongshan is alive and well.