Preface
I think I am getting more lazier and tend to take a more laid-back approach to update my travelog.

In fact, this paragraph was written onboard the flight to Swatow (Shantou).

My mind was absolutely blank, and the only concern was am I able to get access to those social media applications online that have already been part of my life (as we know some of major social media sites are OFFLINE in China)?

前提
这次并没那么积极地撰写日志的心态。接下来这几行也是在飞往汕头市的途中闲着没事而记录下来的。

这次出游主要是看一看祖籍地是各什么样的地方,更关心的是在限制性的条件下,能否可能上 FACEBOOK 或 TWITTER。

Shantou
It's one of the four earliest economic zones designated by China in its 1980's "open door" policy, although it's in its stagnancy as compared to the other three zones (namely Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Xiamen).

The origin of Shantou can be traced back to 8,000 years ago with records of its first inhabitants being documented.

In the early days, it was considered the "backward" area of China with frequent civil disturbances until a general from Henan province led a troop made up of soldiers comprises 48 clans who not only suppressed the uprising and eventually settled down in this area (I suspect my ancestry roots shifted to this part of China during this period)

汕头市
汕头市是早期中国政府最先开发的四个经济特区的其中之一。但下对来说跟其余的特区(即:珠海,厦门及深圳)发展比较汕头市的发展似乎有点"停滞不前的状况。

根据记载早在八千年前就有人落户在汕头。但山高皇帝远,潮汕这一带就是民反为患的地方,只到一位从河南来的将军帅领了一支由四十八个姓氏所组成的军队来平反这一带的版乱。

平反后,这支军队也于此落地生根,开枝散叶。

汕头机场 Shantou Airport 从龙泉寺眺望汕头市景Bird-eye view of Shantou from LongQuan Temple
 LongQuan Temple (literally means Temple of Dragon's Spring) 龙泉寺
Scene of Shantou 汕头街景
汕头大学是由港富商李嘉诚出资开办
The University of Shantou is founded Li Ka-shing, the world richest Chinese
三轮车至今还是潮汕一带的主要交通工具
Trickshaw is still a common transportation tool in this part of China
Appreciation of Tea 品茗

Only here in Teochew area, I realized what it is called "GongFu" Tea (literally means "Martial Art" Tea).

While the fact is one need not to master martial art in order to brew a pot of tea, but it is the process of brewing that is considered a skill to be mastered for a lifetime.

来了一趟潮汕,才真正体会为何老人家们时常聚在一块所喝的茶叫做"功夫茶"。果然,经过解说员的解释和示范,才知道要泡一壶好茶,果真地是考大家的耐力和多年经验的累计才能达到这种成果。

Han Yu
The city of Chaozhou and its surrounding areas owe what it is today because of this man Han Yu, a once high ranking Tang dynasty official who was demoted to this part of China for being critical on the Emperor's lavish spending on a religious procession.

Despite spending over eight months in Chaozhou district, Han's legacy is strong enough to last to this day for his effort in introducing agriculture to the peasants and probably his greatest deed was his effort in droving away the crocodiles from the main river of Chaozhou, which was renamed as "River Han" in his memory.

韩愈(潮州韩文公祠)
今天的潮汕区域之因为有今天的发展全部功劳莫过于唐代时的刺史韩愈(韩文公)。

韩愈原是朝廷大官,但后来批评唐宪宗过于沉迷于宗教礼节事务,被贬下于此当地方官。

虽说韩愈于此只有任职八个月,但他由中原所带来的农耕技术使得这里原以打猎和捕鱼为生的百姓学会耕田来谋生。

但他最大的功劳应该属解放奴隶和为这带百姓驱走鳄鱼,也为纪念他而将原本鳄鱼滋生的河流叫做韩江。

The Han Yu Memorial Shrine is a designated heritage site gazetted by the Chinese government in 2006 韩文公祠是2006年中国政府规定的一个重点文物保护单位
吾潮道师 - "The Mentor of Teochew" 供奉韩文公的人物像 A huge statuette for praying respect to Han Yu
壁上挂各路名人满赞扬韩愈诗词石刻
The wall adorned with tribute from many dignitaries to Han Yu

韩江也因韩文公得名 River Han is named after Han Yu

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