The Hakka people originally came from the northern provinces and settled in the south mostly to get
away from persecution and to find agricultural land to develop. The Chinese characters for Hakka literally
mean "guest families" There were five major migrations of the Hakka people over the centuries from the
north to the southern areas and around the world.
|The upper photo was taken between 1951-1953. There's not a rice paddy to be seen|
anywhere in Hong Kong today!! The new school will be built in this area where once
there were rice fields on the mountain sides.
|Garden on the outside of the village.|
|This guy was practising his sword drills in the garden!|
|You often see groups of people practicing together in the mornings with swords, fans, and|
doing Tai Chi.
|View from above of the layout of the village.|
|Entrance to the village. There were a group of University students touring the museum, and they|
insisted they get pictures taken with us!!
|Try lifting this pot!! It was used for storing grain.|
|They were considerably shorter back then!|
|Tea pot resting on a small heating element. Fire was built in the bottom of the orange pot.|
|Kitchen oven. It must have been unbearably hot in the summer, because there was no breeze coming|
through the walkways between the various rooms.
|Typical eating area.|
|Above the eating area is the sleeping room.|
|Winnowing machine. Hand cranked! Probably quit an innovative invention in its day.|
|Long narrow walkways.|
|Checking out some of the various foods that were made.|
|Fried rice cakes.|
|The name itself would make you want to pass these by!!|
|Kitchen utensils. The wire mesh strainer is still used here all the time.|
|Typical head gear for Hakka women. The Hakka people refused to participate in the practice|
of binding woman's feet.
|I just liked this big tub!|
|In front of each door is this square depression which was used to collect rain water for the homes use.|
|The coolies were paid according to how many sacks of rice they hauled. For every one or two sacks|
they were given a bamboo stick and then was paid for the appropriate amount at the end of the day.
|Rice was kept in these barrels.|
|Look at the highchair on the right!|
|Although is looked rather spartan the beds had beautiful carvings around them.|
|Ancestral alter with flower shaped lanterns. The main place of worship for the clan. Little alters|
like the one under the bench are all over the place here, sometimes sitting on sidewalks beside
doors or built into the outside walls of the buildings.
|Child's chair and swinging baby cradle.|
|Wedding palanquin. The bride sat inside and was carried to her wedding. Wine jars are behind it and |
the hamper in front of the jars were used to carry food by brides returning for visits to their
|Don't fall into the water reservoir as you go to the front door!!|