China Trip 2017 - Shunde

I was glad I got a chance to visit my ancestral home, which is Panyu in Guangzhou. In fact, my parents hailed from there and I never felt so good to be able to step onto the city. Though it was just to visit some jade factory on a shopping itinerary,  I was excited to be there and was on a lookout for some 'Au' (my surname) family kampung, just like a kid...LOL

I was surprise too to see some of the home-cooked food served there are quite similar to those that my mom cooked. So, there's a history behind my mom's cooking, she inherited the local food there and brought over to Malaysia. And, I guess the same too for all the moms who came from there.

I bought this milk candy from a shop there nearby. I have opened it before I snap the pix..LOL It tasted like those 'ting ting' candies sold in the peninsular.

Next the tour bus took us to Shunde, which was nearby Panyu, and a district in Foshan City.  We visited FengJiang Village, which was an old village with a river cutting through it. I heard this place was turn into a tourist attraction recently, and the riverside was busy with lots of stores and hawkers selling food and souvenirs.

Greeted by salted fish hanging over the cold , dry air to be dried

Beautiful statues at the river side

You can pay for a boat ride along the river 

Ginger Beancurd...I love it. There was a lot of ginger in it!! 

A part of the river with boats waiting for the customers to board

A walk around the village. It was an eye-opener to visit old villages there compared to those bustling cities 

Kids and teens painting along the river while adults relaxing there

Love this herbal pork meat. It tasted really good, I want to try again! Yummy!!

Yours truly ready to spar ... LOL


  1. Salted fish cheap? I would want to buy that home, freshly salted, must be good.

    1. Yes, I think it’s good too ! The fresh cool air sure makes it better!

  2. Hello Mr. Au! Do all the men in the ancestral village look like you and so cheeky? Muahahaha
    I don't even know exactly where is my ancestral village and need to crack my head now. What native dialects do they actually speak there? I am waiting for the milk candy.

    1. You can start investigating your family tree. Hahaha... For me, my dad has relatives there and it’s easier for us to trace our root.

  3. That is really nice, to be able to visit your mother's hometown, to see a glimpse of her life before she got settled in Malaysia.

  4. I also curious, Au in Chinese is what? I think most people/youngsters nowadays also don't know where is their ancestral village, me too, I only know I am hokkien, hokkien came from Fujian? Not sure.

    1. I’m lucky to have some documents of my family roots. My dad visited the ancestral hall there before.

  5. Good to visit our ancestral hometown. It feels like walk back in time.

    Ginger tau fu fa! I like that. Ginger goods for warming up your body on such cold day.


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