Faces and Places of Daxu, China
Up Close and Personal – Typical Chinese Home
One of my favorite experiences in Guilin, China, was roaming the streets of Daxu, in Guangxi Province. This ancient town was an important trade center for the area, since it borders the Li River. Spending time in this thousand-year-old village was like a walk into the distant past.
The people here were friendly and extremely open. Most of them were very willing and patient while we photographed them in their everyday environment. Several friendly folks invited us into their homes and were flattered we were curious to see how they lived, in an up close and personal way. Our guides Andy and Mia, used their fluent Chinese to explain we wanted to learn about and photograph the real Chinese people. It was humbling to see how happy these people are with very limited material belongings.
This man stood in his doorway and watched us as we walked by with our cameras. We nodded in a questioning manner and he smiled, so we knew it was okay to take some photos. Then Andy asked if we could see inside his home and he was very happy to show us around!