On the way from Dazu to Zigong, we have the opportunity to get some small insights into the country life of Sichuan. (The pictures date from 2004 – Since then, the standard of living of the rural population has certainly significantly increased).
You can see that agriculture in China is in many parts, more like horticulture. The number of land areas available is very small, and thus every centimeter is cultivated.
Large scale agricultural equipment is practically unknown. Only now and then small tractors can be seen.
Noodles hung up like laundry for drying are part of everyday life. Animal welfare activists in the West would probably have a problem with this pig transport.
The life of an extended family takes place on the street. This does not detract from a good mood.
A brickyard blends in like a hill with the landscape.. Horses are still the most used transportation means.
In another village, we have lunch next to a small market. The fiery red chilis especially catch our eyes. Some days later, we try pork with chilies in Chengdu. There we get to know how spicy Sichuan food is!
At the entrance to Zigong, we first visit the dinosaur museum and then the salt museum.
Architecturally outstanding is the guesthouse of the salt guild, which today serves as a salt museum.
In vivid depictions, we learn more about the Chinese methods of salt production through the ages.
Zigong is also still known as a lantern city. A museum and a park show the lanterns and masks used in performances of the Chinese opera.
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