Another aspect of smaller Chinese towns that I love are the handmade objects, especially the baskets. Baskets are everywhere in Chaozhou: carried on shoulders of farmers & attached to both sides of a motorcycle. The density of the weave changes with the function. For example, baskets meant to use as a cage for chickens or to hold large items are a very large-scale open weave, while baskets meant for holding small items have a very tight weave. The patterns created are beautiful.
After a six-hour bus ride from Guangzhou, I wasn’t sure what to expect from Chaozhou, but was very happy to be there to visit my good friends and their newborn baby. Chaozhou is a fairly small and quiet city (by Chinese standards), and I was grateful for the chance to visit the farmland and old village within the city that may soon be demolished in China’s push to modernize.