While China is famous for its booming metropolises of Shanghai and Beijing, many people still live in rural communities. A&S Hive members Dana Rogers and Cheyenne Hohman traveled to Yiwen Chen's hometown in Yongja, China.
Yongja natives have a distinct culture and dialect. In the past, their rural society was isolated from the rest of their country because of the mountainous area on one side of the town and the river surrounding the other side. However, in the past few years, China has created a High Speed Railway system making it easier to travel to these rural landscapes. This video shows a grandmother's daily trip to the markets of Yongja.
Filmed & Edited by: Dana Rogers
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Driving was one of the most chaotic experiences in China. In this video we are driving to the Waterfall Temple, where we will play Mahjong, an ancient Chinese game played with cards or tiles. Mahjong is a game of skill, strategy, and a certain degree of chance. A&S Hive member Yiwen Chen and her friends taught us how to play the game of Mahjong in a cave which is behind a waterfall.
A&S Hive members Cheyenne Hohman and Dana Rogers visited Yiwen Chen's home in Yongja, Wenzhou. Wenzhou was a prosperous foreign treaty port, which remains well-preserved today. It is situated in a mountainous region and, as a result, has been isolated for most of its history from the rest of the country, making the local culture and language very distinct not only from the rest of China but from neighboring areas as well. View this video to see A&S Hive at Karaoke Television.