Robin Wang’s journal pages come from a 3 week trip to the southwestern part of China, including Yunnan and Guangxi, with villages that still have matriarchal societies, and people “ignoring the outside modern world.”
Two Naxi women were dancing in Lijiang Old Town with the music played from their tape recorder. One of them was carrying a baby at the same time. I wonder whether thatâs how Naxi people learn dancing at the first place.
Architecture in Lijiang.
After eight hours bus journey over five mountains with sheer precipices I finally arrived in Lugu Lake at 2685m above sea level- home of Mosuo people.It's also called Girls' Kingdom since it still retains a matriarchal society. Women operate production and management. Children are brought up in the mother's family. Men work for their maternal home and help raise their sisters' children.
The hostel I stayed in is located in Lige Village, which faces to the lake.I liked walking along the lakeside in the evening, waiting to see the afterglow coming down to kiss the mountains, the roofs and then the lake...I took a "pig trough" boat ride to watch the sunrise. It was a quiet 7AM morning. Every being of nature was going to be woken up by the sun soon. Last moment for sleep was so serene. I felt very peaceful with the boating lady's singing and the sound of the waves.
A Mosuo family planting potatoes. Behind them there lies Lion Mountain. I had a short conversation with them during their rest. They told me because of the drought this year, they could only plan potatoes. And the natural condition here doesn't allow much fruit or vegetables growing. They could only pay some drivers to buy those kind of food from outside towns when there's a chance. It was also sad to hear the family's children had to go to school on the other side of the mountain-the only one in this area.
In Xingping Old Town of Yangshuo. Xingping is a small town with over 1300 years' history by Li River.Wandering on its old street, I escaped from being chased by some "business" locals asking me if I needed a boat ride.
The people living here keep themselves in the wooden houses of 300 years old,with big boards as the door and the windows. Most of them sat around a table to play cards which is an usual scene here.They just ignored the outside modern world full of tourists.I guess they've got used to that just as the mountains and the river here.Life remains the same to them.