The areas we visited were the Guangxi autonomous region near Guilin and eastern / central parts of the province of Guizhou. We were amazingly fortunate and had great guides to help us many places but most of all had the wonderful experience of meeting many many local people.
We met people from 5 different ethnic minorities often living in very remote areas. We were invited into many homes and got to see their way of life. Even more luck – several times we were invited to stay for meals! Everyone treated us so well and not just the folks visited, but everyone around towns, in cities, everyone. The people of China in our experiences are so amazingly wonderful, so warm, so helpful.
I’ve started learning Mandarin and though that wasn’t the dialect spoken many places we went – folks I was trying to communicate with were super great and helped me along. We had a lot of fun with shop owners – one in particular who put me in a few traditional dresses and then wanted to take my picture. 😀 And a couple of ladies who were super tickled to help my husband find a shirt one evening. All sans English, all super fun experiences with smiles and laughing from all parties.
I could write a novel about how much I love the people there, but still feel like that wouldn’t be enough. I’m eternally grateful for the experience of having gone and am very thankful for my husband opening this door for me in the first place many years ago. Hope very much someday to return to this ever fascinating place.
Here’s some pics of people on our trip. Next blog, pics of places, after that, back to art!! 😀