Good morning Shui Yu, today is October 26th, 23 degree Celsius and the weather is amazing. No smog, unlike in Beijing.
This is, In China.
I'm Jordan C. Terrell.
I can't believe they let me do this stuff.
If you head to the Fang Shan district in south west Beijing and follow it deep into the mountains, it will take you to Shui Yu village. Our first day at Shuiyu we were literally the only outsiders in the entire village. On the second day, they came.
Hords of retired rocket science professors flocking to a village which was once typical of China.
We are here at Shui Yu village. People told us it was an ancient trading road. It took forever to get here. So I believe that, I don't know if people back in the day had cars.
They probably didn't. But um, now there's a lot of old people here. Taking photos and, what now?
Guest1: There are over one hundred old stone rollers here, right? I saw it on the directory.
We watched a traditional dance in the village, it reminds me of some kind of lumber jack competition.
I guess it's the only thing you have to do when you're up in the mountains.
Oh, OK. I got it.
I don't know, I won't balance it on my head though.
Guest2: It's our habit. When the village governor asked for participation, we signed up for it.
Guest3: Once we mastered the skills, we were good to go performing at other places.
Guest2: Zhong Fan has being passed down for many generations. I just like Zhong Fan. It's like a sport to us. The captain keeps saying that he needs new crew members, but he can't get anyone to come. It pays so little and the training is too tough. I used to go for the training everyday. Now I don't have that much time for it, because I have to take care of my family. I go for performance when there are visitors, but I come back to this store for business when there are customers. My children need to go to school... The Zhong Fan team only pays six hundred Kuai per month for full time workers. Not going to pay-off the family's debt like this. You see, most of crew members are gone to other places for jobs.
Jordan: Hello. What's in here?
Guest4: This is Yang's Si He Yuan. It is one of the biggest attractions in our village.
Jordan: This is cool.
Guest5: People come quite often. Lots of them come with traveling agencies. I've only met foreigners three times.
At first I thought this guy was too old to live in the mountains by himself. But then, his dad showed up.
Guest6: Please sit. Move over, please. This house is more than three hundred years old. I've been living here for fifty years. My family name is Yang.
Life in the mountains doesn't appeal to everybody, especially those who grow up there. The youth have been fleeing for the big city, and alternative lives.
Director: Mr. Yang.
Guest6: She fell a few months ago, and broke her hip.
This house is the biggest in the whole village. Some parts were reinforced. Here and there. See that room. For tourism, less visitors come. What's good about this village? Even the government stopped collecting money from it. People don't want to pay for it. If I sit at the door, no visitors want to come in. They thought I was trying to collect tickets. The Zhong Fan team, they only have two members left now. They can't make a living with it. A German-British couple came in June.
Guest5: Will President Obama make war with China?
Jordan: Oh! No!
Really old house, really old village house. Taken over by the government. They let people stay here. Old people stay here for free, so... They said a German and British couple came in and gave him some things, like medicine, for the old woman's leg. She broke her leg, falling. There's only a clinic right down the street. She can't go get her leg fixed, and plus, she's ninety-six years old. So, I mean, it really could be the end of her. Um, you know... It's not a bad retirement place, not many people...
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