Monday, September 17, 2012

On our way from Fo Guang Shan monastery to Meinong Hakka Folk Village, our tour guide was telling us some fascinating stories about the older generation of Hakka women. He said, "Hakka women are known for being extremely hard working, thrifty and great cooks. If you want to marry a wife, marry a Hakka wife!"

My sister and I looked at each other for a moment, and then burst out laughing. The question is, are "modern" Hakka women like us still the ideal wives to marry?

Anyway, this 'village' was quite a pleasant place to stop off!


We walked around, looked through the stores selling tidbits, traditional crafts such as oilpaper umbrellas, fans, bamboo baskets, and hats even though I'm not interested in traditional crafts.














#15 Lei cha, or pounded tea, is a traditional Hakka beverage consisting of a mixture of peanuts, sesame seeds, rice, and green tea.

#16 It was actually my first time trying lei cha! However, I couldn't drink anymore of it after one big sip. It just tastes weird to me.


When we got back into the coach, the tour guide informed us we would be going to a store selling pearls and jewelries.

#18 We walked in there (photography is prohibited inside the store) and a few shop attendants immediately brought us to a room and introduced us the products they were selling.

We were all being suckered into buying expensive pieces of jewelry, and the next thing I knew my mom bought some pearl powder for NT$3000! Smiley

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