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.
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.
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…)
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.
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.