Jiang Men (江門) – Part II: Once upon a time in Liang Qi…

To Liang Qi Settlement

Farmer in Liang Qi

Farmer in Liang Qi

Liang Qi Settlement

 

People in Liang Qi

(Back to Part I)

The second day/last day of this trip was a mini-tour to an ancient farming village (Liang Xi Settlement 良溪古村). It’s about 20-30 minute ride from Jiang Men City. No preservations were done to many structures, more or less has to do with the property ownership. There’re people still living in those old brick houses! The history of this settlement dates back to 1131, that’s well over 800 years ago.

Liang Qi

Dog in Liang Qi

Liang Qi village

What makes this village famous or I must say ‘different’ from other villages is that there’s an old saying “唔使問阿貴” “No need to ask Mr. Luo” that originated from here. “No need to ask Mr. Luo” came from the journey of this famous leader/scholar Luo Gui leading a total of 97 families migrate to the current site, due to natural disasters and disturbing bandits. And during that journey as you’d imagine back then, everyone was not educated and worried just about anything. They kept asking Mr. Luo Gui questions that anyone could answer. Since then when anyone spoke of something that they have the answer in mind, we use this phrase. Even in the modern days we often it

“唔使問阿貴” – “No need to ask Mr. Luo”.

That’s how this settlement began. Luo Gui was credited as a leader or even hero to this village.

Rice

Lady in Liang Qi

Sun drying the rice

The elders

Pond

Watering crops

Door

I’d visited similar settlement like this in Hong Kong. In terms of scale, it’s nothing like in Liang Xi. Not much has been done to this place giving me that traveling back in time feeling. Farmers are still farmers, not a four wheeled vehicles I saw. There’re rice fields and many other crops (garlic, white reddish, cabbage…)

Well

Brick wall

Shadow of tree

My relatives guided us through the village although none of them had visited this place. That’s because they were all born in such place. Maybe not so special to them. They all experienced the farmer or village lives when Jiang Men was not developed. I remember their hometown was in a village. A village with lots of fishing ponds, cattle, farms, bumpy roads, bicycles, and bugs. I vaguely remember those scenes while I was a kid 20 years ago. Now, the entire phase of their former village except the grandma’s ancestral house and a few neighbors have all been developed. The pond right outside of my grandma’s house has become a badminton stadium.

Cow dropping

Liang Qi

For a city boy, this Liang Xi Settlement was quite a special trip to remember regardless of the duration I spent there. I hope many more villages like these with historic values can be kept untouched and preserved.

Part III of my visit inside the temples and ancestral houses will be coming tomorrow.

5 thoughts on “Jiang Men (江門) – Part II: Once upon a time in Liang Qi…

  1. Beautiful photos. It’s always a difficult thing, with the world changing and no reason why people who live in a village should not benefit from more modern amenities, it’s easy to lose some of the things that come with the values we are nostalgic about.
    I find the photos of the drying rice the most fascinating. So simple, so beautiful and orderly. I always admire the skills of people who are still doing things with their hands unlike now, when we who live in cities often either ask someone else to do things, or use machinery.
    So happy for you that you could spend some time in a place that holds so much meaning for you!
    Happy New Year🙂

  2. The dinner i had after this visit made me appreciate crops and not to waste any, including rice. It’s a great reminder that our food requires a great deal of care and effort behind the scene before coming to us. We must avoid ordering too much, eating too much, wasting too much. It’s inspirational. Thanks Lemonade and happy new year!!

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