District Cultural Trip Enjoyed by Expats
Invited by the Futian district government officials, expats from different countries enjoyed the cultural outing that brought them to several cultural sites in Futian. The expats first visited Guan Bochun’s workshop that is known for his micro calligraphy works that is etched in stones, then the group went on a hiking and cycling trail then capped for the trip with a visit to Xiasha urban village.
Micro calligraphy is a unique skill that Guan was able to perfect as one expat said as Guan taught them the basic techniques for writing calligraphy on stones. Others were impressed on how Guan was able to etch more than 6,000 Chinese characters on just a single stone.
Other were delighted on the greenery that they seen on the Furong hiking and cycling trail which was more than 3 kilometers long and had abundant foliage and several recreational facilities. The Furong trail won the Idea King awards for featuring a healthy ecology and user friendly system.
After the visit to the hike and bike trail the group made their way to the museum in Xiasha was they saw the wide collection of exhibits that showcased the history of the Huang clan with the village. The group was highly impressed that the urban village was able to keep the history in such as good way and hope the Shenzhen will be able to do the same and create more efforts to keep its own culture.
But the best part of the trip was saved for the lasts as the expat group was given the rare chance to observe how basin dishes are made. Known as poon choi which means food served in a small basin is popular in Hong Kong and the group was able to join in the tasting and even in the frying up of the ingredients that made the dish. A basin dish consists of different layers of ingredients and is usually served during festival, religious rituals, wedding banquets and special occasions.
The cultural tour was part of the districts efforts in increasing the expats knowledge of the district to help it become a more international urban area.