Bringing in the Year of the 亥 Pig
Trip Start Jun 05, 2011
195Trip End Feb 28, 2013
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The two hour drive to the market town provided beautiful rice terraced scenery in the high mountains and then, lower down, through the tropical climate zone, acres and acres of banana plantations that covered the mountain sides. It seemed every family was prepping a whole pig for special New Year dinner. Hair was torched and scraped off with knives. Then pig cut from throat to tail, inners gutted, the body chopped with axes and then sliced with knives. Nothing gets wasted. We were welcoming in the 'Year of the 亥 Pig' after all. And no they don't slaughter dragons in the year of the dragon.
This town is Laomeng 老猛 and is the town in the area designated to have the Sunday market.
The town was bustling with colorfully clad Dai, Hani, Miao, Yao, and Yi women buying and selling; Miao in pleated skirts and black wraps on their calves. And the Yao women in black slacks and tunics and elaborate high narrow rectangular hats with hot pink tassels on each side. This was a great blend of local minorities.
Jacky shopped for vegetables for New Year feast his parents were preparing for our special dinner.
Two hours at the market was enough. We were back in Duoyishu village before 3PM.
NEW YEAR'S FEAST
Dinner was served at 8:00. Guest included:
-- Sho and Tomoko san, a Japanese couple working in M&A for a prominent accounting firm in Shanghai
--a Chinese couple from Shenzhen (didn't speak much English)
--a Philippine couple, Carlo and his wife, (http://www.carloguina.com/photography/china/yuanyang-yunnan-china/ living in Beijing; he is an interior designer and an avid photographer.
-- A Malaysian girl traveling alone
-- three young French women (Catharine, Lou, Chouchou) who recently moved to Hangzhou, south of Shanghai. Lou and Chouchou are project management interns and Cath works at a firm specializing in Intellectual Property law.
-- Dave the Scot, and