Apparently I'm the same height as an extended tripod. Nate figured this out and now,sometimes before I know it, there's a camera on my head. He takes a steady picture while I hold my breath. I know we look a little strange, but I think it's a good idea. We've been on the go so much lately- planes, trains, and automobiles- that it's practical. In just under two weeks, we've travelled from Beijing to Nanjing to Shanghai to Xiamen and now to the Hakka village of Yongding. Nate biked in this Hakka region of China last year and chose to have us return because of its extraordinary architecture and great food.
Getting to Yongding in itself was an adventure. We rode on a bus to a town in the mountains and then hitched on the back of a motorcycle the rest of the way. All along the road there was a fruit called Yangmei set out to dry. Its sour flavor mixed with the salt sprinkled on top was very refreshing and made me curious to see what other odd fruits and dishes awaited us in Yongding.
The Hakka minority that live here live in clans within large, round building made of earth. These "Tulou," or earth buildings, have withstood the test of time, some dating back to the 13th century. During Nate's last visit, he made friends with a local chef and his family. We hope to get a cooking lesson at his restaurant this week.