Hakka walled village, Swatow, China


We were invited to have lunch with a family in this little known Hakka walled village, about 40km from Swatow. I brought along a bottle of champagne that we downed with the man of the house (first time he drank champagne). We ate home-cooked fare such as spring onions with eggs, fried chicken and noodle soup but somehow the champagne still tasted right. Perhaps it’s the convivial village folks whom we were meeting for the first time. They even gave us a set of porcelain wares (Swatow is famous for this) when we said goodbye.

I caught the picture of these two girls playing cards, and the smile on their faces as they chatted with each other was so infectious. You could almost feel as if you were listening to their jokes.

Photographer: SJ

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