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)?


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。

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
The University of Shantou is founded Li Ka-shing, the world richest Chinese
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.


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.





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
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