China started to change 30 years ago! The Communist revolution began with the Long March led by Mao who spent his life inspiring the Chinese. There were of course a lot of sacrifices and millions died for the cause they believed in. There were political upheavals. There were betrayals. That's part of history and part of a country's politics. then China closed its doors to foreigners.
Today 30 years later after the opening of China we see a new throbbing China. See for yourself a new Pingnan and an old Pingnan.
This post is dedicated to my ex-colleague Madam Tiong Ping King...or Ping King Jia.
While a large part of Pingnan is already re-developed there is one traditional village that is well preserved for tourism and for posterity. There are two distinct homes which have been reserved for conservation and preservation. This is indeed very admirable and inspiring. Even though the work is still in its initial stages I can see that the officials are truly dedicated to these two historical sites.
The people here continue to use wood for cooking in their very well preserved historical homes.
A very scenic alley between the houses. A natural stream full of koi (fish) meanders around the village.
Another alley with river by the side.
A village shop.
Pork continued to be sold in the afternoon by a mobile hawker.