This China trip was mainly to reconnect with my roots and to experience life of Chinese ethnic minorities, who tend to have the closest relationship with Nature. Many of these 55 ethnic groups congregate around Yunnan & Guizhou, but finding a Workaway/HelpX host in these 2 poorest provinces has been challenging… Instead of staying at Xi’an before my Yunnan family trip, I gave Sichuan a try despite of my spicy-food intolerance. Afterall, China is a huge country with vast diversity to be experienced, and Walden farm turned out to be a very pleasant surprise!
It started with a rather uncomfortable bus ride for 10 hours from Xi’an, with swifts of faecal smell and our driver honking every 5 minutes. But I was happy finding fruits to be a common snack option at highway rest stops, and even happier to be offered the sweetest pear by a fellow passenger!
As I arrived Walden farm, I was warmly welcomed by the big Lin family over dinner, for a luxurious 2-weeks stay in the bamboo strawhouse built by old local craftsmen, spending after-work time in the swimming pool, and most surprisingly, having access to a clean sit-down toilet.