• Kaisern Chen

Xiapu, Ningde and around Putian - Fuzhou

Updated: Jan 13

Xiapu and around August 24 - September 5, 2019


Xiapu is a charming coastal county in Ningde, Fujian province of China known for its mountains and coastal cities of diverse culture. I will be leaving from Bangkok to Fuzhou then speed rail to Xiapu in a couple of day for shooting between August 25 through September 4 with some good photography friends, the great Steve McCurry, Eolo Perfido, Marco Casino and my wife Kanjana Chaiwatanachai, photographs from the trip to follow.


Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, PRC. 3D Map



August 24, Huyuao Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


reading newspaper, Huyuao village, Xiapu, Fujian, China August 24, 2019

on reading bible : 1 Kings 16, Huyuao Village, Xiapu, Fujian, China August 24, 2019

This fishing village, like many other villages along the coast of Fujian province, China, were visited by early Christian missionaries and many still faithfully believed in God after the cultural revolution.


Church goer, Huyuao Village, Yentian, Xiapu, Fujian, China August 24, 2019

The coastal region of southeastern China was the area visited first by Christian missionaries and believe in God is still a widespread practice by the local village people. By comparison, the rural village receives less suppression on religion practice by the communist Chinese government than the metropolitan areas and bigger cities.


sunset nap, Huyuao village, Xiapu, Fujian, China August 24, 2019

August 25 Sansa, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


workers at Sansa shipyard, Sansa, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 25, 2019

the house of 5 generations, Sanau Village, Sansa, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 25, 2019

fisherman working on maintenance of fishing nets, Sanau Village, Sansa, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 25, 2019

cigarette butts seeker, Sajiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 25, 2019

village banquet chef, Shajiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 25, 2019


August 26 Dajing Fortress, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


A seaweed factory inside the Dajing Fishing Village in the ancient Dajing Fortress built back in the Ming Dynasty against Japanese aggressors and now mostly in ruins.


Yes, we all have a different appetite for good, not so much interests to know how the food processed.

Seaweed factory inside the ancient Dajing Fortress, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 26, 2019

Seaweed factory inside the ancient Dajing Fortress, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 26, 2019

Napping, Dajing Fortress, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 26, 2019


August 26, Fahua Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


the farmer and his duck, Fahua Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 26, 2019


August 26 Zhujiang village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


the village girl, Zhujiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 26, 2019

a fisherman prepares his fishing ropes, Zhujiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 26, 2019

August 27 Sansha Township, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian

Sansha Township, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian August 27, 2019

August 27 Liuyun Temple, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian

Liuyun Temple 霞浦留雲寺 Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 27, 2019


August 28 Banyueli "She" Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


A "She" elderly, Banyueli "She" Village, Xiapu, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

Not all, but many Chinese photographers practice the art similar to calligraphy - by copy the maters (or so-called masters) they admired - often with the meticulous approach - the exact spot, angle, time of the day, sometimes that exact day of a year, some may go even further to use the exact lens and setting.


One good example here: with this elderly She tribe people, who dressed in the traditional costume, works more or less like a photo model, do the pose in slow motion, day after day, year after year when her picture took by a Chinese photographer that grasped the public's attention and photographers flocked to the small village to try to make the "exact" image. Millions after millions of copy each year!


She is of not the purpose of my travel to the village, of course, but seeing so many traveling photographers trying to take the same picture and sometimes see photographers tried to squeeze into the exact spot in order to get a perfect "copy", I can't help but snapped a few shots just to entertain the moment! And walked away...


Banyueli "She" Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

Banyueli "She" Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019 Fujifilm GFX100 + GF 32-64/4R LM WR f/9.0 1/320s ISO 200 Aperture Priority

August 28 Shajiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian


Shajiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

Daily entertainment, Shajiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

Shajiang Village, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

August 28 Duo-Duo Dancing School, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian

the lovely ballet teacher attracted all the attention from the visitors except the man on a mission, Duo-Duo Ballet School, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

from a corner at the Xiapu night market, Xiapu, Ningde, Fujian, China August 28, 2019

Evening exercise session, Xiapu, Ningde, Fijian, China August 28, 2019


August 29 Sutee Village, Fu'An, Fujian


Noddle is one of the original Chinese inventions with archaeological evidence found in Laija site (in nowadays Qinghai Province, China) over 4,000 years ago! It became a staple food for the people and in written history back in the Eastern Han period (25-220 CE).

Sutee village, Fu'An, Ningde - a place still produces the noodles by hand following the traditional way by stretching the noodles over 7 meters long and dry under sunlight. It is among the very best noodles.

The noodle signified the perseverance and long life of Chinese people.


Sutee village, Fu'An, Fujian August 29, 2019

Sutee village, Fu'An, Fujian August 29, 2019

Sutee village, Fu'An, Ningde, Fujian August 29, 2019

Sutee village, Fu'An, Ningde, Fujian August 29, 2019


August 30 Chongwu, Hui-An, Quanzhou, Fujian


Chongwu - one of the largest stone carving centers in the world!


Steve McCurry with the Leica SL2, Chingwu, Hui'An, Quanzhou, Fujian August 30, 2019

August 31 Hui'An, Quanzhou, Fujian


The Hui’An Maiden - Da Zha fishing village, Hui’An.


Hui'An Maiden, 81 years old, Da Aha village, Hui'An, Quanzhou, Fujian August 31, 2019

Historically the symbol of perseverance for woman, their husbands left the village for fishing for days, if ever return; therefore the woman stay behind doing works belongs to both sexes; as the farmers, labors for hauling heavy stones, father and mother.



Steve McCurry with the Leica SL2, Chingwu, Hui'An, Quanzhou, Fujian August 31, 2019 Image credit - Eolo Perfido

Steve McCurry with the Leica SL2, Chingwu, Hui'An, Quanzhou, Fujian August 31, 2019


September 1 Tienluokeng, Nanjing County, Zhangzhou, Fujian


Taxia Village, Tienluokeng Tulo Clusters, Nanjing County, Zhangzhou, Fujian September 1, 2019


September 2, 2019 Tienluokeng Yunshuiyao Earthen Building Cluster, Nanjing County Zhangzhou, Fujian


breakfast at the Tienluokeng Yunshuiyao Earthen Building Cluster, Nanjing County Zhangzhou, Fujian September 2, 2019

Tienluokeng Yunshuiyao Earthen Building Cluster, Nanjing County Zhangzhou, Fujian September 2, 2019

Tienluokeng Yunshuiyao Earthen Building Cluster, Nanjing County Zhangzhou, Fujian September 2, 2019


September 2, 2019 Tienluokeng Hekeng Village Earth Building Cluster, Nanjing County Zhangzhou, Fujian


Hekeng Village Earth Building Cluster, Nanjing County Zhangzhou, Fujian September 2, 2019

September 3, 2019 Fuzhou, Fujian


with Steve McCurry at the Xichan Temple, Fuzhou, Fujian September 3, 2019

Sanfang-Qixiang, Fuzhou, Fujian September 3, 2019

The McDonald's at Fuzhou San-Fang Qi-Xiang, Fujian September 4, 2019

“If we don't believe in freedom of expression for people we despise, we don't believe in it at all.” 

~ Noam Chomsky  

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings as eagles; They shall run, and not be weary; and They shall walk, and not faint.”- [Isaiah 40:31] Bible


Shall not forget what the five stars and the national anthem stand for!

Interesting time ahead, welcome true peace in 2020!


salute in front of the Fuzhou Fire Department, Fuzhou, Fujian September 3, 2019

A modern Chinese lady at the Sanfang-Qixiang, Fuzhou, Fujian September 3, 2019

Modern Chinese ladies at the Sanfang-Qixiang, Fuzhou, Fujian September 3, 2019

Steve McCurry at the Sanfang-Qixinag, Fuzhou, Fujian September 3, 2019

Sanfang-Qixiang, Fuzhou, Fujian September 4, 2019

Sanfang-Qixinag, Fuzhou, Fujian September 4, 2019

Fuzhou, Fujian September 4, 2019

Clouds above Fuzhou City, Fujian, China - the departure day from Fuzhou to Bangkok on board Xiamen Airline MF 837, September 5, 2019

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