Guangzhou and Samsui: Visiting MuiMui’s Birthplace

By , September 15, 2010 4:20 pm
MuiMui In Front Of Her Very First House

MuiMui In Front Of Her Very First House

My parents are originally from the south of China and they left shortly after I was born. This is their first trip back since they immigrated to the United States so it’s been over 25 years! We flew from Shanghai to Guangzhou and while in the cab ride to the hotel, my parents were astonished how much the city has changed.

Shopping In Guangzhou

Shopping In Guangzhou

We took a boat cruise and walked around the city but I admit to spending most of my time shopping. There were just malls of everything you could think of. On top of that, I was speaking Cantonese again. Guangzhou is formerly known as Canton, so while Mandarin is the main language of China, there are a lot of Cantonese speakers here. It felt great to be bargaining in Chinese.

Tiger Claws In Streets Of Guangzhou

Tiger Claws In Streets Of Guangzhou

My parents wanted to take me to where I was born so we hopped on a two-hour bus ride and were greeted by some of my parents’ friends. They drove us to Samsui (literally translates to ‘three rivers’), which was another hour and half. It’s been a long time coming, but we finally arrived at the village where I was born. As we were walking around, my parents were so ecstatic to show us the house where my grandparents lived, our house that was a few doors down, and the hospital where I was born.

Samsui: MuiMui's Birthplace

Samsui: MuiMui's Birthplace

As my father spoke about how it used to be back in the day and explained why it was so important for us to leave, I was very proud of him for all that he achieved so far and for successfully getting us and other family members to the United States. But as I was staring straight at my birthplace, something I wanted to see since I could remember, I was surprised to feel no connection to it.

Walking Through Samsui

Walking Through Samsui

Hospital Where MuiMui Was Born

Hospital Where MuiMui Was Born

Cute Little Pig

Cute Little Pig

Local Fishermen

Local Fishermen

Local Animals For Sale

Local Animals For Sale

Lunch In Samsui

Lunch In Samsui

Looking At Old Documents

Looking At Old Documents

Another Nearby Town With Great Seafood

Another Nearby Town With Great Seafood

Restaurant Where You Pick What You Want To Eat

Restaurant Where You Pick What You Want To Eat

Eel, So Yummy

Eel, So Yummy

Fish

Fish

Small Clams

Small Clams

Entire Chicken

Entire Chicken

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5 Responses to “Guangzhou and Samsui: Visiting MuiMui’s Birthplace”

  1. Yvonne Lin says:

    Wow… Mui, I had no idea you are born in Canton, just like me. I
    was born in Guangzhou. Even though we go back frequently, ie. once
    every two years or so, or two times last year, Guangzhou changes
    with every trip back. Can’t believe it. I’m sure you feel the
    purchase power and the “Human Power” when you go to the shopping
    center or eat in a McDonald’s or KFC. Have fun on your trip.

  2. Anthony says:

    J’aime bien les photos progressives ou on se rapproche de la ville
    de Mui-Mui , avec le pont , la ville au loin , puis enfin l’hopital
    . Photo suivante ?On attends la chambre, mais on voit un immonde
    porc se lecher les babines en gros plan ! Billet sympa en tout cas
    !

  3. Boris says:

    Ahahaha! Merci pour le commentaire. C´était pas voulu d´avoir les
    photos dans cet ordre 😉

  4. Charles Chan says:

    Hi Muimui, my parents left samsui about sixty years ago and went to
    Malaysia. Both have died long since. I am trying to locate their
    village at Samsui. Is there a province called Lok Ping and a
    village named Nam Kong? I really hope to trace their origins as I
    have been trying for a long time. Thanks!

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