Jin Ji Cun, a rural village in Luoping. My first post

This is my first attempt at writing a blog.
This write-up is about a walk through a typical rural village in the region of Luoping, known for the picturesque beauty of the swaths of YuChaiHua that cover the plains and hill slopes.
Jin Ji Cun is a rural village of old houses. The walls are usually built of stones or bricks. Doors and windows are of wood with simple carved patterns. Roof tiles are of fired clay, sometimes of corrugated iron sheets. Doorways are pasted with red paper printed with images of Chinese characters for luck, for protection, to ward off evil, seasonal sayings……
Water comes off the tap while wood is used for fire.
Clothes (slippers too) are hung out to dry in the sun. Older folks and mothers stay home to do the household chores and to care for the children, while the able bodied go out to tend their crops in the fields; or to work in the big towns.
Some commonly used household items we saw when we peaked through the a doorway were an old tube color TV set, an electric rice cooker, a vacuum flask, a vacuum cup, an alarm clock, toiletries, china bowls, plastic pails, a Chinese wok and a water kettle covered black with soot.
Smaller children were seen in their homes, or in their courtyards, some cried upon seeing strangers, others eagerly but shyly accepted sweets and biscuits. School going children appear to be well fed and well dressed (by rural standards). They were generally happy and smiling and readily posed for our cameras.
It was an advantage to have a guide who could speak the local dialect.

An old couple obliged by allowing us to photograph them stripping the corn from the cob in preparation for the next sowing.

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Bullock carts for tourists at  the base of Jin Ji San

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Stripping corn from the  cob

Stripping corn from the cob

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An interesting view through a scavenged truck mirror

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Road signboard

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Bullock carts for tourists at the base of Jin Ji San

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Red paper pasted on the dooway, Many houses similarly pasted

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One of the larger house in the village, Note the brick walls and pillars, wooden doors and windows, and the tilled roof.

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Firewood lying against red brick wall, smoke from the kitchen.

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An outside washing area; clay water jar, aluminium basins, detergent, plastic cans,

cane basket and tray.

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A friendly smile. Note the electric rice cooker, assorted bowls, bottle of wine,

blackened kettle,  and wok, wooden table and “A” legged benches.

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A tube TV, vacuum flasks, teacup, truck mirror, alarm clock, energy saving bulb

 

 

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On her way home from the fields with cane basket and changkol

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5 Responses to Jin Ji Cun, a rural village in Luoping. My first post

  1. Pat Choe says:

    Wonderful blog entry. I love travel stories and pictures since I will not be travelling to these places on my own.

  2. Timothy Tan says:

    Wonderful!

  3. MAKAN ANGIN says:

    Hi, ankletoeknee…

    Is there any cheap guesthouse to stay overnight in Jin Ji Cun?

    I’d love to explore around Luoping next mid Feb 2015, and I need some suggestions and recommendations from you.

    Thanks very much!

    “It’s not just about the destination, but the journey”

    http://makanangin-travel.blogspot.com/

    • pngtony says:

      Hi Makan Angin,

      I’m sorry, I do not have any detail of cheap guesthouses. But I know there are guesthouses in Jin Ji Cun.
      For my group, This is part of an eleven day photography trip which includes LuoPing (Jin Ji Cun in in Luoping district), Red Land, Luxi and culminates in the terraced rice fields of YuanYang.
      Usually we have 16 participants to filled a coach. We book flights to KunMing. Our Yunnan guide picks us up at the airport, He arranges the coach, meals and hotel bookings.

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