The cities in the Bay Area that will live the most life are too low-key

The cities in the Bay Area that will live the most life are too low-key

Among the cities in the Greater Bay Area, Huizhou is one of the rare and balanced ones: no matter how you look at it, Huizhou can achieve equal rain and dew, and fight steadily. The reason why it is called the “City of Benefiting People” is probably because in this city, everyone can find the fulcrum of the balance between career and life, and they can understand the fun of traveling and “stuffing” time. .

When asked what kind of city Huizhou is, old artists find it difficult to define in two or three sentences.

Speaking of hard power, she is listed as a second-tier city in the “2021 City Business Charm Ranking List” and ranks fifth in Guangdong Province’s GDP strength all the year round. It seems to be a bit mediocre.

But perhaps you don’t know that petrochemicals and electronics are Huizhou’s pillar industries, and it is the “Mobile Phone Capital of China”. One out of every six mobile phones in the country is made in Huizhou.

In terms of soft power, Huizhou can completely jump from the middle-level student to the top-level student. Mountains, lakes, rivers, seas, springs, forests, waterfalls, and islands are all available. It can be called the spokesperson of tourism in Guangdong. It is also the first “national forest city” of the province’s first prefecture-level city. It is located in the urban agglomeration of the Greater Bay Area. It is an out-and-out ecological responsibility.

If you ask many people about their impressions of Huizhou, most of them will mention the long coastline, Luofu Mountain, which is full of Taoist culture and Chinese herbal medicine, and Huizhou West Lake, which is comparable to Hangzhou West Lake. By the way, there are also salty and fragrant Dongjiang dishes.

These are far from enough for Huizhou. Don’t go to Huizhou on impulse. You can’t finish it for two or three days, and the food is endless. You won’t want to come back by then.

1. Huizhou, probably brewed with mountain water

Many people always like to talk about the two cities of Zhongshan and Huizhou. They have a lot in common: they are like low-key middle-age students in the Pearl River Delta urban agglomeration. It is not as good as Guangshen Buddha and Guan in terms of prosperity and innovation, and inferior to the magnificent landscape. Qingyuan is not as famous as Chaoshan in terms of food.

They all have a very valuable feature-in the densely-covered road network and urban reinforced concrete in the Greater Bay Area, they still retain a considerable proportion of ecological resources.

However, Huizhou is also a city that regards “shanshui city” as its development target. There are also slight differences in temperament between the two. Zhongshan is like a small but beautiful Duanxiu jasper with infinite pastoral scenery; Huizhou is large and complex, with mountains, rivers, lakes and seas all available, like graceful ladies.

From the perspective of natural features, Huizhou can indeed stand proudly above the cities in the Bay Area. Huizhou, known as the “Gateway to East Guangdong”, is a large resource resource. It ranks second among cities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area in terms of land area. It is the combined area of ​​Guangzhou, Shenzhen, and Dongguan.

The landform types of Huizhou are diverse, high in the north and low in the south. The southwest is dominated by low hills and plains, and they are mostly distributed along the coast and along the Yangtze River. The Dongjiang, Xizhijiang and Longmen Rivers traverse the territory. South China Sea Daya Bay, the north-central ridges and valleys crisscross, Luofu Mountain, Nankun Mountain, Xiangtou Mountain, Lianhua Mountain…There are as many as 13 mountains above 1,000 meters above sea level.

The mountains in Huizhou are magnificent and magnificent, and Luofu Mountain, known as the “Lingnan First Mountain”, is located here. Strange peaks and rocks, famous waterfalls, famous springs, caves and wonders… When you are in Luofu Mountain, you can experience the shock of “the sky is one axis, the immortal and common heavens”.

Su Dongpo is the best spokesperson of Luofu Mountain. He once left here the eternal story of “At the bottom of Luofu Mountain in four springs, Luju Yangmei is the newest. Three hundred lychees are eaten every day, and he will grow up to be a Lingnan native.” The sung of Lingnan “Xianshan Responsible”.

Looking further north, there is the Nankun Mountain National Forest Park, known as the “Oasis on the Tropic of Cancer”. There are numerous mountain ranges, towering old trees, and green bamboos everywhere. The total area is 129 square kilometers, and the 60,000 mu of continuous bamboo sea is endless. It is not an exaggeration to say that it is “the summer garden of Lingnan people” and “Nan Yue big oxygen bar”.

Therefore, some people say that the main hue of Huizhou is green. It is the first “national forest city” in Guangdong Province, with a coverage rate of 62.42% and the green development index ranking first in the province.

But some people say that Huizhou is blue. From the perspective of sea area and coastline, Huizhou’s coastline is 281.4 kilometers long, surpassing Singapore, Sanya, and Xiamen. The peninsula and the bay are alternated with each other. There are more good harbors and there are 162 large and small islands. It is a well-deserved marine city in Guangdong Province.

The most famous of these is the Xunliao Bay, known as the “Maldives of China”, with its winding coastline, clear blue waters, mountains, seas, islands, reefs, and springs, as well as the 11-kilometer Xunliao “Platinum Embankment”. Called the best in the world. It takes about 15 minutes to get to Delta Island by speedboat from Xunliao Bay. It has always been famous in the South China Sea for its “clear water, strange rocks, and young sand”.

Looking further to the southeast, there is a bird’s-eye view of Double Moon Bay, which looks like two crescent moons because of its shape. There is the only sea turtle nature reserve in Asia-Turtle Harbor. The quaint and charming fishing village is fascinating.

If Huizhou is made into a documentary, the most appropriate cover must be Shanshui. The distant mountains are like daisies, the nearby waters contain smoke, and the city, lake, and rivers and ridges coexist and coexist.

It is said that “China’s West Lake is thirty-six, only Huizhou is foot and Hangzhou”. Needless to say, how intoxicating Hangzhou West Lake is. The mountains and rivers are beautiful, the twists and turns are quiet, the style is simple and elegant, and the natural beauty can be compared with Hangzhou. It is known as the “Ram Luo Xizi”.

Wu Yang, the prefect of Huizhou in the Qing Dynasty, had such an analogy in “Xihu Jisheng”: “The West Lake and the West Lake are comparable, and the Hangzhou Huidan makeup is applied thickly.” Although the scale of Huizhou city is much smaller than that of Hangzhou, it has the same root and soul-the context of a historical city of mountains and rivers.

The Dongjiang and Xizhijiang Rivers pass by the city, and Huizhou West Lake is definitely an indispensable C position in Huizhou. This clear water makes this city more delicate and spiritual.

2. The world dare not be small in Huizhou

At that time, “Let the bullets fly,” the film of fire, a lot of people remember Jiangmen, Guangdong Taishan is a place called “goose”, in fact , there are few known Huizhou, Guangdong called “goose” , do not think this is because Huizhou goose Many, the legend of “Goose City” is immortal.

It is said that this nickname comes from Fei’eling on the bank of the West Lake in Huizhou City. Legend has it that an immortal flew from the north on a wooden goose and saw the beautiful mountains and clear waters of Huizhou, so he landed on the West Lake and did not want to leave. The wooden goose lay on the lakeside and turned into a small hill, which is Fei’eling. To a certain extent, it can be said that Fei’eling was the lifeblood of Huizhou City in ancient times, and it has been a military powerhouse guarding the southern gate of Huizhou.

This “Lingdong Xiongjun” has been the political, economic, military, and cultural center of the Dongjiang basin since ancient times. It has a history of more than 1,700 years. When the Huizhou poet Jiang Fengchen wrote about Su Shi, he sighed from his heart- “From Po Gong In the South China Sea, the world dare not be a small Huizhou”.

As the so-called one side of water and soil nurtures one side of people, it falls on Huizhou, which is the infiltration of three regional cultures-the ocean culture that dares to take risks and the courage to open up, the river culture that adapts to the trend, the gentle temperament and the simple and frugal mountain culture.

Huizhou is the only place in Guangdong where Hakka, Cantonese, and Chaoshan three ethnic groups blended together. Since the Qin and Han dynasties, the geographical location of the “Tongya in East Guangdong” and the relatively convenient waterway transportation in ancient times have attracted a large number of immigrants from the Central Plains. Most of the Hakka who moved after the late Ming Dynasty lived in the mountainous areas, while the local indigenous people were mostly in the Dongjiang River. People living in various places on both sides of the strait, the Cantonese live mostly in Huizhou.

This is why the most popular language in Huizhou is Mandarin , which is extremely rare in the Lingnan region. The Huizhou National People’s Congress is fluent in many languages ​​such as Hakka, Cantonese, and Hoklo dialects. In the border areas of dialects, there may even be Huizhou dialects derived from the intermixing of dialects, that is, the product of two blends of Cantonese and Hakka.

The openness and self-confidence of the backers and coasts make Huizhou people very different from the Central Plains culture of resettlement. There are also many overseas Chinese who have floating homes and ventured across the oceans. There are nearly one million overseas Chinese who are originally from Huizhou. Ye Yalai, a well-known overseas Chinese leader in Malaysia and a developer from Kuala Lumpur, is a Hakka from Huizhou.

The result of the fusion of various cultures has formed Huizhou’s diverse folk culture. The folk saying “Hakka landlord” can be said to be a true portrayal of the openness of Huizhou culture.

Huizhou is known as the “post-Hakka culture” zone. The biggest characteristic of the Hakka people in Huizhou is “fusion”. For example, the Hakka people in Huizhou can sing not only folk songs but also fishermen songs. The local architectural style not only retains the Hakka enclosures, but also usually It combines the cultural characteristics of Chaoshan and Cantonese.

With the traditional lion dance project alone, Huizhou can derive many types. There are not only the popular Dongjiang “unicorn lion” in the folks, but also the popular “big-headed dog lion” in the Canton area, the “bull lion” in the Hakka mountains, the “flat-nosed lion” on the seashore, and the “white pigeon lion” of Fuluo. .

The natural attributes of farming civilization and marine civilization going hand in hand give Huizhou an open-minded and eclectic culture. Not only does it absorb the three major ethnic cultures, but a single county can overlap the cultures that blend with the locals.

There is an ancient city of Pinghai resembling an ancient swallowtail bell in the southeast of the Renping Peninsula in Huidong County. This is a military guard station that originated from the Ming Dynasty more than 600 years ago. It has always been an important coastal defense town and a battleground for military strategists. Officers and soldiers from all corners of the country and their families have been stationed for a long time and gradually integrated into the local community.

The “Military Voice” of Pinghai dialect is like a mixture of Beijing dialect, Cantonese, Hakka, and Chaoshan dialect. It is now classified as an endangered dialect in China for protection and inheritance . Carp dance is still circulated among the people of Pinghai. 5. On days such as the birthday of the Chenghuang Temple, the local people danced with carps and prayed to the gods for good weather.

Between the two mountain ranges of Jiulian and Luofu, there is also Longmen County, which was selected as the “2021 China’s Most Beautiful Village”. There is not only the first ancient fortress in South China “Xiangxi Fort”, but also the simple and elegant traditional ancient villages such as Luocun, Huawei and Shuikeng Village. At the foot of Yaoshan Mountain in the north, there is still a rare Yao settlement-Lantian Yao Township. The original flavors of traditional customs such as “dancing fire dog” and “male and female antithetical songs” have been preserved.

If you see brightly colored, lively and interesting landscape paintings on the walls of every household, it goes without saying that you must be in Longmen County.

They have long been accustomed to exaggerating the rural life of the working people in this intense and colorful way. The farmer paintings that can be seen everywhere are like the strongest local folklore pictures, known as “the wonder of Chinese modern folk painting.”

3. Huizhou, the state of Huimin

Many cities with heavy industries as their economic pillars will somewhat sacrifice the environment at the expense of the environment, but Huizhou is an exception.

Huizhou is both soft and hard. Many people don’t know that Huizhou, which is so livable and suitable for travel, is still a ” rising petrochemical digital city” and “China’s mobile phone capital.” TCL, Desai, Huayang, and Qiaoxing are the four major local companies. Among them, TCL Technology and Desai Battery are also shortlisted in the 2020 Fortune China 500.

Huizhou, which has such a strong industrial hard power, has always placed the ecological standards of a “shanshui city” on the same position as the economy. Although among the nine cities in the Greater Bay Area, Huizhou’s brilliance is covered by the surrounding cities, GDP has always hovered in the middle of fifth place.

However, Huizhou’s economic growth rate and residents’ income growth rate have ranked first among them for several consecutive years, and the air quality, happiness index, and green index have long been in the forefront of domestic cities. The land development intensity is only about 9% , while Shenzhen and Dongguan have approached 50%. They are considered to be the most potential echelon in the cities in the Bay Area.

Perhaps in the current climate of using GDP standards to measure a city, we should have a more interesting and more dimensional perspective. For example, in the Greater Bay Area city cluster, we can not only feel the economic environment that benefits the people, but also see it. The best location for mountains, water in sight, and homesickness, is probably Huizhou.

Huizhou people love green mountains and green water, and ecological resources are also a treasure house-at the foot of Baisui Mountain in Luofu Mountain, there is the world’s largest mineral water production base “Jingtian Baisui Mountain”; and the seemingly humble bamboo forest is also in the hands of Longmen people. Can play with flowers, from toothpicks to corks, handles and bamboo and wood crafts, the bamboo industry has long been exported to overseas countries such as Italy and Japan.

The seven counties and districts also have their own advantages in distribution-Huicheng is the big brother, and the West Lake is the biggest sign; Huiyang has a well-protected nature reserve, a hometown of Hakka overseas Chinese, and an old revolutionary base; Boluo is a spiritual place, with Luofu Mountain, a treasure house of Chinese herbal medicine; Huidong has the waves of Xunliao Bay and “the largest reservoir in the Pearl River Delta” Baipenzhu Reservoir; Longmen has verdant bamboo forests and Yao people’s “fire dogs”; Daya Bay is “urban upstart”. There are vast coastal beaches and islands with various characteristics; Zhongkai is a heavy industrial land, but there is also Tonghu Lake, which is rich in water and grass.

Shuidong Street, once the oldest street in Huizhou, has long been given a new look. Founded in the Northern Song Dynasty, it was prosperous in Shuidong Street in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It was once a commercial and distributing center in eastern Guangdong, with shops such as snacks, restaurants, department stores, hardware, and inns. In Huizhou, there is no street more legendary than Shuidong Street. The ups and downs and prosperity of Huizhou for hundreds of years are concentrated on this arcade street.

Nowadays, based on the original commercial arcades that combine Chinese and Western styles, the fishbone-like street texture of the ancient street is reproduced. Shuidong Street has been transformed into a cultural and creative center, cultural exhibitions, electronic theater, fashionable dining, leisure and entertainment and other themes. The new landmark of the integrated cultural and tourism business district attracts more than 20,000 tourists every day during the peak season.

Huizhou people are really good at playing. In this camping season, maybe you can often use the words “Huizhou xx camping resort” and “Huizhou xx camping guide” on a social platform. After all, Huizhou is a city brewed by mountains and rivers, and the mountains, rivers, lakes and seas of this place are everywhere. It is suitable for camping, especially the residents of the surrounding Guangzhou-Shenzhen first-tier cities, who have long regarded Huizhou as a back garden for traveling and vacationing around.

Of course, in addition to beautiful scenery, Huizhou’s food must be the most powerful magnetic field. The natural advantage of relying on the sea has given Huizhou people the freedom of seafood since they were young. In Huizhou in July, from the point of view of local foodies, it tasted of sea urchin.

The way fishermen handle seafood is often beyond imagination. Put the sea urchin in hot fry, then pour in the egg mixture, the sea urchin egg yolk will be integrated. The Huizhou seafood dish that the local diners impressed most is the sea urchin fried rice.

In Guangdong, the culinary scene of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in addition to Chaoshan School and Shunde School, there are of course Hakka cuisine, and Huizhou is a faction of Hakka cuisine.

Huizhou’s local traditional dishes are called “Dongjiang cuisine”, which is exactly the same as traditional Hakka cuisine. Dongjiang cuisine is “fat, salty, cooked and fragrant”, with heavy oil and salty taste. The essence of Dongjiang cuisine is “Huizhou San Pieces of treasure”-salt-baked chicken, stuffed bean curd, and Mei Cai Kou Po, you will surely see them every time you invite friends and relatives to feasts.

Even in places where you can eat flowers in Guangdong, Huizhou can still recruit enemies with “Dongjiang Salt Baked Chicken”, “Hakka Pork Belly Chicken”, “Tuyao Chicken” and “Huiyang Three Yellow Chicken”. The method has been very rustic. But the most folk characteristic is “chicken wine”. The locals use Hakka rice wine (a sweet rice wine made from sticky rice or glutinous rice) to boil chicken. It is mostly used to nourish the body of pregnant women at home and have relatives and friends. They will also entertain guests with chicken wine when they come to visit.

Huizhou people love to pickle plum vegetables, and their meals are not fragrant, such as plum pies, fried rice with plum vegetables, steamed pork scalp with plum vegetables… It would be no surprise if they put together a table of plum vegetables.

Not to mention brewing, the so-called Hakka people brewing the world, any ingredients given to the Hakka people, he can brew you a hundred kinds of tricks. I think the most distinctive stuffed dish of Huizhou people is “stuffed spring”. The pork neck is chopped until the meat is rotten, mixed with shrimp powder, fish sauce, mushrooms, and chopped green onion, stuffed into fresh eggs, wrapped in a thin film outside the yolk Minced meat, this delicate and ingenious brewing method, I don’t know how they came up with it.

If you look back at the essence of Dongjiang cuisine, you will find a very interesting Hakka cuisine- whether it is “baked”, “marinated” or “stuffed”, it seems casual, but it implies the fine art of time.

And this fits so well with Huizhou people who know how to live a life and are willing to spend more time and money to enjoy life. No wonder they all say Huizhou, Huizhou, the state of Huimin.

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