Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival in Zhejiang, China

YUYAO RED BAYBERRY FESTIVAL IN ZHEJIANG, CHINA

One of my students invited me and my collegues to Yuyao red bayberry festival…Yuyao is the land of red bayberries…The second week of June is the official start of Yuyao red bayberry festival and we’re going there to pick our delicious red bayberries…

In this article you’re gonna find:

  • Background info on Yuyao
  • How to go to Yuyao from Shanghai(SH)?
  • The Hangzhou Bay Bridge, the world’s third longest trans-oceanic bridge
  • Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival
  • Lunch at a traditionalChinese restaurant
  • The Historic tour at Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site
  • Visiting the little village in Yuyao

BACKGROUND INFO ON YUYAO

Yuyao is one of the cities in Zhejiang Province in China. It is between the cities of Ningbo and Hangzhou. It has a population of 1,5million.  As it lies in the subtropical moonson zone, there is no way we could run away from humid this time of the year(June).

The Neulithic Hemudu Culture which is the earliest sites of human civilization was formed in Yuyao about 5000 B.C. Findings at the Hemudu Culture Site showed that the ancestors started to eat wild red bayberries. Why I mentioned red bayberries because Yuyao is the land of the best red bayberries. I am gonna share more interesting stuff about red bayberries once we start picking them.

HOW TO GO TO YUYAO FROM SHANGHAI?

This time you won’t see any train or metro information as my student’s parents will take us with a minivan and here is our route…It will take around 2.5 hours to arrive Yuyao and we’re gonna cross the Hanghzou Bay Bridge, you’ll see why it is one of the important bridges in the world. Stay with me!

MAP Shanghai-Yuyao

MAP Shanghai-Yuyao

THE HANGZHOU BAY BRIDGE, THE WORLD’S 3rd LONGEST BRIDGE

Hangzhou Bay Bridge which connects Haiyan in Jiaxing City and Cixi in Ningbo City,  is currently the world’s 3rd longest trans-oceanic bridge with a length of 36 kilometers . The first longest bridge is Jiaozhou Bay Bridge with a lenght of 42kilometers  in Qingdao, China.

Hangzhou Bay Bridge is not only the third longest bridge but also one of the most important bridges in the world as it stands on one of the most complicated sea environment with one of the three biggest tides on Earth, the affects of thyphoons and the content of the difficult sea soil.

Hanghzou Bay Bridge was designed as an “S” shape considering the pyshology of the drivers. It makes sense when you think of yourself driving straight away  for 36km when you can’t see anything around you other than the road and the fog, so boring! I am’m gonna tell you more about the fog thing in a second.  Besides, the rails of the bridge are in rainbow colors and every color covers 5km which also helps cheer you up.

On top of everything, there is a big environmental issue about the Hangzhou Bay Bridge.  As it connects two of the 10 most developing cities in China, on both sides there are a lot of factories causing the bridge to be surrounded by heavy fog which includes dangerous chemicals for health. Just to give you how heavy the fog can be around the bridge: one time because of the haze, Hangzhou Bay Bridge was closed to traffic for more than 13 hours. You see what kind of fog I am talking about.

The time we were crossing the bridge, I was like “are crossing a river?”…After 10 minutes “are we crossing the sea?”…after40 minutes “are we crossing the ocean? yep and still going…There was a heavy fog that made it difficult to see around…We were going with 80km per hour and with no traffic jam…It was a real long bridge journey…

Let’s keep going.

YUYAO RED BAYBERRY FESTIVAL

Me and Jessica, we’re at the factory of our student’s parents to get our baskets for Yuyao red bayberry festival.

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Passing through these people who are getting ready for Yuyao red bayberry festival… The last picture below shows the hill we’re gonna climb up to pick red bayberries…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

I am definitely ready with my basket…Here is a typical conversation when I am having my picture taken:

Jessica: Look out! The car is coming!

Evrim: Yeah, first take the picture!!!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Hiking in the hills of  Yuyao red bayberry festival…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao red bayberry festival rocks with these guys! Here is our group!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

The view from the hill…Keep climbing up…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Do you remember “Me in the nature! ” from Mystical Valleys of Xinchang? I laugh out loud when I see my pictures taken in the nature, being so passionate about exploring around like a kid…By the way, can you see the red bayberries?

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Here are the lovely ladies with their baskets full of red bayberries…

Red bayberries look so delicious! You’re gonna hear me saying this a lot…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Samuel is showing  the “Yes, we ate two red bayberries, so what?” face, haha…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Already tired, no way?

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Nice basket…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Here are my cuties…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

The action starts for Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Have a look at this tree full of red bayberries!

There are four types of bayberries: red, pink, white and black.

Do you know that the flowers of red bayberry trees bloom at midnight? It’s a pitty that we’re missing a real beauty.

June is the perfect time to pick red bayberries…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

What do you think about my alive brooch? Yeah, as you can guess I had no idea he was there, otherwise I wouldn’t be able smile while shouting and running a mile away probably with him still on me…It is hard to get rid of them as they can be really sticky…Still a good combination as he is the same color as my skirt…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

According to the famous legend, the beautiful fairy of fruits who married a hunter but was killed by a demon was turned into the red bayberry. She wanted to leave sweetness to people and also wanted people to remember the bitterness of having to be separated from her beloved husband. It is believed that this is the reason why bayberries taste sweet and a little bit sour. That’s a really sad story…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Picking up red bayberries from the branches…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

It looks amazing!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

OMG! We’re at the heart of red bayberries…A perfect spot for Yuyao red bayberry picking day!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

I need to pick more…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao red bayberry festival is going so good! I loved this place!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Red bayberries make your hands red too…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Here is a lady bug…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

They look like flowers so I can do that…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Samuel is having a “are we really here?” moment…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

We’re checking the bee picture and surpised by the details my phone caught.

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Here is Mr.Bee..

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Finished? Noooo, not that early…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Good, keep picking guys…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Everyone is happy to be here…Do you remember this sign from Peaceful Clouds, Yunhe Rice Terraces? It means luck for Chinese people…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

“I am confused about from which tree to pick red bayberries, they all look great!”, I definitely agree with you!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

The view from the top of the hill…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Look what I found? A ladder!

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

All happy and baskets are full…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

The lady picking the red bayberries from the ground…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

The first basket with dark red bayberries belongs to professional fruit pickers and the second one is mine…What is the difference? The darker one is sweeter and the red ones which are mine are definitely sour…I hope they taste sweeter after a couple of days…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

He is in the tree break…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

The trees full of red bayberries…To be here and not to eat the bayberries is not acceptable…But after we’re done picking and eating, I got a text message from my friend Nancy saying “wash the red bayberries before you eat, cause there are a lot of tiny bugs on them and they are not seen with the naked eye”…I wish I knew it earlier as we already ate tones of them…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

It’s time to go back…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Waiting to go to the town to save the red bayberries from milllion bugs dancing on them..

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

LUNCH AT A TRADITIONAL CHINESE RESTAURANT

We are in a traditional Chinese restaurant which has many rooms for different number of groups of people…

What do you see in the picture?  A lot of leftovers on the table, right? This is a picture from another room. It is also special to Chinese culture. Most wealthy Chinese people order many food and again generally leave most of them on the table. It is a way of showing their life style and generosity. As there are many people waste food at their own will, there are still many people in China who do not have enough food.

I’m going to share with you some insane figures…A study conducted by a Chinese university reveals that the annual amount of food thrown out by restaurants in China is enough to feed 200 million people for a year… Statistics from the State Council Leading Group Office of Poverty Alleviation and Development show that China has 128 million people living on an annual income of less than 2,300 yuan (US$368), a poverty line revised in November, 2011…

It doesn’t matter where we are but it is important for us to understand how our behaviours can put others in a bad situation, even not doing anything about it makes you on the wrong side…Sorry but that’s a harsh fact! When I was a kid, I remember my grandma once told me “you’re not eating your rice? imagine what a kid in Africa would do to get your plate!” this hit me so bad that ever since I eat what I get and if I can’t, I try to take it away and give a homeless person or a kid begging…

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

Here is our table…Everyone has chop sticks, a small plate, a little soup bowl or you can use it to put food in it and a small glass to drink tea or other beverages.

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

Here is what my student’s parents order for our group:

Seeing the chicken dish served with its head looks weird for me…

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

 A special kind of vegetable…

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

More food is coming…

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

I couldn’t even take the pictures of all the food we got…The other food on the table…

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

I gave the sea bug on my plate to Samuel…Look at my plate and Samuel’s plate…I am happy with the potato and fish dish…

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

A traditional lunch at a Chinese restaurant

After taking away all the leftovers, we are ready to go to Hemudu Culture Site…

A man who has been lost…Have you seen him?

A man who has been lost...Have you seen him?

A man who has been lost…Have you seen him?

Clothes left to dry outside…

Clothes left to dry outside

Clothes left to dry outside

People getting ready for the red bayberry festival…

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

Yuyao Red Bayberry Festival

We’re off  to the Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site…Here is the view along the way…

the view along the way - Yuyao

the view along the way – Yuyao

Ghost buildings..They are all over China…

Ghost Buildings

Ghost Buildings

A chinese covboy woman in flip flops…

A chinese covboy woman in flip flops

A chinese covboy woman in flip flops

Here is the paddle boat that will take us to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site…

The paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The captain of the paddle-boat…

The captain of the paddle-boat

The captain of the paddle-boat

We’re all on the boat…

The paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Selfie time…

On the paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

On the paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

What’s happening over there?

On the paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

On the paddle boat to Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

We arrived at Hemudu Culture Site…Pants left to dry on the sign welcomes us…

Hemudu Culture Site

Hemudu Culture Site

A lady is sitting in front of the small market …

Hemudu Culture Site

Hemudu Culture Site

HISTORIC TOUR AT NEOLITHIC HEMUDU CULTURE SITE

Hemudu Cultural Site Museum reveals the life of a tribe who lived 7000 years ago. This is not the typical museums you’ve seen before…There are some parts that will take you to those old times and keep you there for a while…

During the excavations in 1970s,  a depiction of a legendary bird of prey spreading its wings was discovered…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

People visiting Hemudu Cultural Site Museum…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Hemudu people used to live in houses like this…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Red bayberries are on the market…Thanks dear, we have a lot…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The entrance of the museum…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The chart that shows the part of the Neolithic Archaelogical Culture Distribution in China…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The cultural layers of Hemudu Site…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

A picture shows the old times….

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

What would it be like to live in those times?

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Animals lived in those times…They are the ancestors of elephants, buffalos, monkeys and deers…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Women collected leaves in the woods with their baskets. Different type of leaves they used while cooking…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Men went to the rice paddy with bone spades on their shoulder.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

An animation of the village life…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The Hemudu people’s villages were usually located on a slope of a hill adjacent to water. They lived in pile-dwellings made of posts, beams and wooden planks. They had a sedentary lifestyle, subsisted on rice and fish, paddled around on their canoes, made pottery, weaved and sew their clothes.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Harvesting tools…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The rice fields…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The chaorcoal tempered pottery of the Hemudu culture was made by purposefully mixing charcoaled plant leaves, stems and rice husks into clay. These pottery were hand-made by using coiling techniques.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The discovery of a large number of spindle whorts, weaving shuttles, weving knives and bone needles demonstrates that they were able weave their clothes.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Bone needles, bone weaving knives, weed mat, bone weaving shuttle and bone axis…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The large number of canoe paddles found in Hemudu Culture Site indicates that canoes already became important transportation tools.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

I know what you think, but it is not what you think! It is Camealia roots which is a typical evergreen tree in East Asia…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

One of the canoe paddles…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Totem was created by ancient humans when they worshipped natural deities. It is usually an animal, plant or other natural things that closely relate to people’s lives. It is believed that Totem has mysterious power. Bird and sun figures are the most frequently portrayed artistic motifs in Hemudu culture, reflecting the Hemudu people’s ideology and feelings.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The butterfly shaped ivory object decorated with two birds facing a sun…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The beauty of ornaments…Crystal rocks and sharp animal teeth were also re-shaped to personal ornaments…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The Hemudu people mixed the sticky translucent liquid from the lacquer tree with the red minerals, and then applied them on the surface of wooden vessels, making endurable and exquisite lacquer wares. This was the beginning of traditional Chinese lacquer ware dyeing techniques.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Bone hairpins…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Eternal Life…The Hemudu people buried their dead in clean cemetery or adjacent to their houses.

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Human skulls…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The souvenir shop at the museum…

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

In China, cyclists can come out from everywhere as you can remember from Peaceful Clouds, Yunhe Rice Terraces .

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Yuyao Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Waiting for the boat…

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Look at the umbrealla for the sun…

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

People on the boat…

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

Our communication with the captain works with just one look…Now we’re going…

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

The paddle boat from Neolithic Hemudu Culture Site

ONE OF THE LITTLE VILLAGES IN YUYAO

We’re off to one of the villages where my students’ granma lives to give her one of the red bayberry baskets.

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

People seen in the village…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

This is a really old village…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

I love this color…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

Look what I found while I was walking around the narrow streets of the village…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

A cute, cute and cute puppy…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

I am barely controlling my reactions… He is such a cute puppy!

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

This is a hilarious picture! It looks as if I am feeding Jessica and Jessica is feeding the puppy…Probably all I am saying is “can you hold my watermelon slice for a sec?”

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

I am literally not hearing orseeing anything other than this little puppy…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

Eating watermelon in front of an old house…

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

One of the little villages in Yuyao, Zhejiang Province

This was a great day in Yuyao…I had a blast thanks to my student, his parents  and collegues…For the record, the red bayberries I picked tasted better after a couple of days as they got sweeter…

When was the last time you picked fruits from branches instead of buying them at the groceries…Leave your comments on what you think about Yuyao…See you in the next article…

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