Friendly Faces and Places of Daxu, China

Most of the charming people in Daxu Ancient Town were very willing to have their portrait taken. They considered it a compliment we were interested in their lifestyle. Daxu borders the famous Li River, which has been a major lifeblood for the people here for more than 1000 years. This town is one of four ancient towns that have served as the trade centers of this region in the Guangxi Province.

I adore travel / lifestyle and street photography with environmental portrait opportunities like this because you can learn so much about the culture and way of life.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

This friendly shopkeeper was all smiles as she allowed us to photograph her shop. She was talking to our guide and posing for Jim Harvey, another photographer in our group.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

This man sat near one of the many narrow alleyways down to the Li River. He was offering to sell cigarettes to anyone who walked his way.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

Daxu was home to a beautiful Buddhist temple. This entrance revealed the careful symmetrical design to the inner courtyard.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

Statues lined the perimeter walls, each with their own offering.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

Large central statues loomed over the temple’s main building.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

Intricate circular windows let in natural light in key locations.


Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

We started our tour by lighting candles and incense for good fortune and happiness.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

A friendly woman relaxed on the shady side of the stone street.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

At the end of each block, narrow alleyways led to the Li River and allowed for hauling of goods to each area of the town.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

While the younger people worked, the elders sat to watch visitors, or played games in the streets or open doorways.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

A woman spread her herbs to dry in the sun.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

This woman moved to Daxu 20 years ago, but is still treated like a foreigner and newcomer.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

Most people leave their doors open to allow air flow through their homes. This helped fight the extreme heat and humidity of summer months.

Daxu, China, Guilin, Lifestyle, Street, Photography, Environmental, Faces and Places of China,Guangxi Province

The stone streets were narrow, but adequate for the bicycle and motorcyle delivery carts.

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