It cannot be more true in my own experience. I had the best God given ten days of my life there. In the mountains you can only feel the warm love of friends and strangers ( Strangers are friends you have not met) and the presence of God. I would rather think that's my definition of paradise on earth!!
We were invited to a friend's housewarming in the mountains. The journey took just about a hour from where we were staying. Along the way we saw the beautiful and fascinating rice terraces and crops growing even on top of the hills!!
The Yi tribe and the Miao tribe can walk hours from one place to another. Cultivating the hills is part of their century old culture.
However the magical part of this area lies in their deep rooted culture and traditions. The women still turn up for parties in their traditional costumes. That day I was wearing their colour - orange and they were extremely warm towards their guests but remain very camera shy.
There costumes look good both front and back....And the women are very very close to each other. These ladies are waiting to place their gifts of an Angpow on the reception table.
Their tables are small and low and here we were seated eight to a table. (Eight is a prosperity number or a Blessing Number to Christians and non Christians).
|Happy Blessed Eight people eating a meal together ...Each house is protected by a good stone wall.|
|Young and old came to help a relative to celebrate the thanksgiving and dedication of her new mansion.|
|"Refilling" the serving bowls on the table is part of their culture . A guest's full stomach is a host's pleasure.|
|Twelve Dishes (our dish of water melon is under the table and Lisa is putting the dried meats away) A Good Feast is a Table Laden with Food . All the food on the table is from their own farm.|
My friends and I felt so blessed - an unexpected invitation and an experience in paradise.