Matsu, Goddess of the Sea, and her Island Shrine

The woman sang and raised her arms while walking around in a circle outside the temple. In front of her was a small altar with plates of fruits and meat on it. No one could understand her words.

Unique Chaoshan Centipede Dance Creeping Along Despite Woes

A man leads the centipede with a golden ball, like a conductor directing an orchestra. Wherever the ball moves, a twenty-two meter long centipede starts to dance.

“Province Towns” Separate Migrants from Shantou People

Ten o’clock is the busiest time for the old market in Tuopu every day, when you should speak loudly in order to make yourself be heard in two meters.

“Cold Violence” Comes out of the Home, into Public Discussion

by Shirley Xue photo from mama.cn When it comes to domestic abuse, a common image is someone beaten with blood running on the body comes to mind. However,…

Different Water Price on Each Side of the Street

By He Shan Shan (Sammy) In the Tuopu general market, people living a few meters apart on the same side of the street can be charged different prices…

Steam Car Washing Brings Hope

By Bao Chengrong (Kate) photo from alibaba.com Five years ago, Zheng Kehong, a creative businessman suddenly came up with a fresh idea: a way to dry-clean cars that…

Paper factory waste harms the community

Tuopu Carries on Christian Tradition with Four Churches

Old Sewage System High Risk for Lower Parts of Shantou

By Zhong Jing Zhen (Tiffany)   photo from nianzhi.cc   He would put on the plastic boots, roll up his trousers and finally cover his nose with his…

Agriculture Weakened by Factory Pollutants

By Wang Xiuli (Lily) photo from dahuawang.com A little boy was playing delightedly near the water lock. “Go away, it’s so dangerous,” shouted an old man. As the…

Over fishing and Water Pollution Threaten Local Fishermen

By Su Dongxia (Evana) photo from e.news.163.com by Greenpeace Several ducks swim on the river surface. Sometimes they fight each other over small fish. Sometimes they play for…

Migrant Workers in Shantou

The Fall of the Baby Eel

By Xu Jiang Yun (Sunny) Photo from Baidu Xu Leiyong was smoking quietly, sitting in the bow of his boat. At his side, his wife Shen Xiaofeng was…

Once a Smelly Canal, Always a Smelly Canal

photo from tieba.baidu Trees line both sides of the canal. The water is green with yellow leaves and some garbage such as some white disposable lunch boxes on…

Clean Water Shortage in Shantou

By Ye Xiao (Nika) photo from baidu Dark blue, gray, purple, Shantou City is divided into different colors on the map, the most prevalent being dark blue and…