Cee’s Fun Foto: 50 years or older

When we visited Gulin last May, our tour guide took us to the countryside of the city to visit a traditional Chinese family. The house had been there over 300 hundred years and owned by the same family.

After giving us a grand tour of their house and courtyard, the gentleman happily demonstrated his daily workout:


While chatting with them in their living room (our tour guide was our translator), he said that they ate the organic vegetables from their garden and his wife made fresh soy milk and tofu daily with the aged stone grain mill. He then treated us with peanuts he grew and his wife roasted. It was the most delicious peanuts I had ever had.


Their family treasures:

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His wife said that he started his day in the early morning, working in the vegetable garden, walking, and biking for hours, then visiting friends, relatives, children, and grandkids, and taking care of the courtyard and the 300 hundred-year old house. Before we left, Peter, the youngest guy in our travel group (early 30s), asked to have a picture taken with the gentleman. IMG_2166

We thought the gentleman was at his mid 50s, actually, he was 72 years young!

More Cee’s Black & White Challenge: 50 Years or Older

Note: Traditionally, Chinese are proud of their old age since aging is a symbol of wisdom, fortune, luck, and/or happiness, thus elderly people are treated with respect. This tradition is well preserved in Guilin. See unique Li River of Guilin.

I enjoyed reading Anna‘s Istanbul posts. She has posted beautiful photos of this glorious city with great historical information.

48 thoughts on “Cee’s Fun Foto: 50 years or older

    • When I was working on the post, I recalled a wonderful post you did about your FIL. With low or no desire, they are able to enjoy lives much better than the rest of us. Thank you for visiting, Madhu!


  1. Reblogged this on Cooking Up the Cure and commented:
    In the West, this is the often neglected area of healing power..Connections:
    Our conscious connection with our community, our relatives, our ancestry and our earth.
    In Eastern cultures it’s the center core of life, without which one would feel less than whole.

    I think this post from Amy captures what we might wish to strive for.


    • He must be. His energy level was amazing, too. When I thanked him for the tour and the delicious peanuts, he got a bag of peanuts and put it in my backpack. I felt like to give him a big hug. 🙂


  2. Interesting subject and very convincing and detailed photo series !!! Loved the different life style and the hospitality of the family.No wonder he looks so much younger if you think of what they consume…
    Most interesting pageS from the book of your life,dear Amy !
    Have a great week !!!


    • It does look like a healthy lifestyle can make a difference. I particularly appreciate his contentment and energy level. Thank you for spending time to read the post, Doda!
      Have an enjoyable week!


    • Appreciate encouraging comment, especially from Paula! Even we want to, we don’t have the time to grow veggie, make soy milk, bike,… I’m sitting in my office for hours a day 🙂


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