Expats Invited on a Cultural Outing in Futian
The first stop for the invited expats will be at the Huanggang urban village were one can find the workshop of Guan Bochun the creator of micro calligraphy works on stone. A native of the Heilongjiang Province Guan has amassed a collection of more than 2,000 stones and has also written the epic tale of Xibe an ethnic group that is living in the western and northeastern parts of China. His works is most popular with foreigners and locals and Guan has been invited to several places overseas to display his works.
After visiting Guan’s workshop, the group will ride their bicycles along the Furong hiking and cycling track which is more than three kilometers long and will feature greenery and sports facilities. The track has won the gold prize in last year’s Idea King Awards for its healthy ecology and user friendly environment. After visiting the track the expats will then proceed to the ancestral hall and museum at Xiasha urban village.
Constructed during the Qing Dynasty, the Xiasha ancestral hall is one of the traditional venue of the Huang families living in the village that comes to offer sacrifices to ancestors. The museum boasts of a wide collection of different exhibits that showcases the history of the Huang family and the village.
The end of the cultural trip will be highlighted with the chance to taste poon Choi or pencai which means food served in a small basin. Pencai has layers of different ingredients and is usually served during festivals, religious rituals, wedding banquets and special occasions in large open areas. The expats will also be participating in the making of these special dish learning its ingredients and its preparation process.