I was only one of two students who decided to wake up at 5 a.m. to see how tofu is made in Chengkan, especially hairy tofu, the village’s specialty.
The smell aside, it was worth it! For one batch, it takes about three hours, and this man woke up at 2 a.m. to work on two batches!
Since it was our last day in the village, after dinner and before our outdoor viewing of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the village chief invited us for a brief interview, where he asked us questions on our impressions and how to improve the village’s tourism while retaining its roots. Our trip coordinator told us this interview was especially valuable because we are the first group of this size to visit. Unfortunately, I didn’t feel that we were able to contribute much of our thoughts, being such a large group and with only ten minutes with the chief. Nevertheless, he appreciated our input and welcomed us to return in the future.