Four Seasons in my hometown
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In the latest post Knickerbocker glory, Jennifer talked about her hometown South Shields in the north east of England. I enjoyed the scenes from the photographs, and it reminds me of my hometown, though it is not surrounded by coast and is a hilly land.
I came from a city called Anshan which is in the north east of China. It's awfully chilly in winter and that season lasts nearly 5 months of a year in my city! So in my memory I spent most of my childhood and teenage in snow - either in winter or in the preparation for winter-before I left my Anshan and went to university in another city.
Here are some photographs my dad recently took in my hometown (under his permission, I haven't been back to China for more than 1 year and a half!):
Have you noticed the snacks in the second photo? It's called "Bing Tang Hu Lu" and I don't know why it's translated as "Tomatoes on sticks" in English, it's not tomatoes at all, it's traditionally made by hawthorn with icing syrup, in recent days people also use strawberries and oranges as an alternative as well. Anyway, it's one of my favorite snacks when I was a kid, the taste of sour & sweet never failed to satisfy my taste bud, the only sad truth is my fingers always froze before I finished eating it on my way home after school.
So...yes as I said, most of my early memories were held in winter. I was born in winter, learnt skating before learning calculating, and was once addicted to snowball fight as most kids did in my region. People in my hometown always seem to be able to find some ways to enjoy themselves in winter season, we hold Ice Carvings Display in deep winter, and ice-sports are popular all the time.
I don't have a clear picture of global warming, but in Anshan I could feel the climate changed since my childhood. When I was in primary school my favorite sport is to jump into the snow cover by the roadside on the way home, with mom's angrily rebuking "stay away from that!", at that time the snow could reach my waist. But that's becoming rarer as years went by. Definitely I grew taller, but I mean the snow isn't as big as before, and the weather isn't that cold either these days.
Having said that, there are still springs and summers in Anshan, though they are really short for me. As you could see in the following photos, the land turns into a totally different view, I really love this time of the year!
There are some well-known temples on the mountain called Qianshan in the countryside of Anshan, pilgrims from all areas around made the place lively in the warm season.
Autumn for me is just an overture for winter, it's getting chilly in my hometown! The land is preparing for its look in winter- here are lotus on a lake near my home in autumn:
In the countryside, however, it is the most lively time of year- it's the harvest season! You always find something delicious and fresh to eat there in Septembers and Octobers. In rural region of northern China, commercial agriculture is developed, yet some peasants are still living on subsistence agriculture, selling their crops and fruits on the roadside near their houses.
I'm beginning to miss my hometown！ By the way, can you guess what the orange-color fruit is in the blue basket in the photo?