After I returned from our recent trip to China, I found that many of my favorite photos were of people. There were many fantastic landscapes, and I’ll be sharing those as I have a chance to go through them. But so many photos we took and had the most fun taking were of the wonderful people in China. On our first morning in the Yulong River Valley it was raining. We arranged to visit the home of Mr. Pan. It happened to be the morning of the Qing Ming Festival that day, so the extended family was busy preparing loads of food, getting ready to visit the tombs of their ancestors in the surrounding countryside. This is a photo of Mr. Pan’s sister in law. Her husband, Mr. Pan’s brother, died some years ago, but she still lives with Mr. Pan in the ancestral home, as is traditional. The family has lived here for hundreds of years. There were deep holes in the stones below the roofline where rain dripped off the roof tiles over the centuries in certain spots, wearing holes in the limestone steps. Mrs. Pan here is using a grinding stone that is God knows how old, to grind soy beans, which will be pressed into tofu for the family. The Pan family is well known in that area, as Mr. Pan’s ancestor from 11 generations back, during the 18th century, left the family home and the farming life, became a general in the imperial army, and went to Beijing, where he protected the Qing Lung Emperor. Mr. Pan is very proud of this to this day.