How is Chaozhou's "tide"? Why do Chaoshan people, who are so rich in world, worship Han Yu so much?
I wonder if you've heard of a place called Chaozhou in south? This name is very interesting, at first glance I want to ask, but here people are very fashionable? Interpret this surge as a trend surge. If you think about it other way around, could it be because weather here is very humid?
Not really. The name dates back to Sui Dynasty. The specific development will be discussed later. Well, this Chaozhou is beautiful, there are rich people everywhere, and these are rich people who can be put on a par with world. But all these rich people have a common faith, that is, they greatly admire one great poet.
Firstly, name Chaozhou was given by first emperor of Sui and Tang dynasties, and it has been preserved for thousands of years. In long river of history, this name has also changed many times.
For example, today everyone often mentions word Chaoshan, which is collective name for Chaozhou and its environs. The name Chaoshan first appeared in early 20th century as name of a railway.
At that time, railway was financed and built by Chinese themselves, so name was well known to people in surrounding areas, but railway was eventually destroyed during war.
Later, with development of various administrative divisions, it was also called Shangzhou and Shantou. But in hearts of these people, they still most recognize that Chaozhou is their hometown.
(2) Wealthy businessmen everywhere
It can be said that there are many rich people in Chaozhou. Almost half of wealthy businessmen on list of rich people in China are from Chaozhou. Even if they leave China and take it as a comparison with Asia, they still have to take their place.
In addition, people of Chaozhou are very patriotic, although they have money, but their investments and donations to country are in no way inferior. Especially some patriotic overseas Chinese, although they have immigrated overseas, donate large sums of money to country every year.
So, reason why wealthy businessmen in Chaozhou can prosper is because they still think about society. In fact, she is inseparable from her ancestors. In fact, people of Chaozhou are not pure southern natives, but migrated from Central Plains. In early days they had name Hakka.
However, due to war and other reasons, after Hakka people moved to Fujian, they were not accepted by local aborigines, and violent wars often took place. In addition, Fujian has been occupied by a large number of native and foreign residents, and amount of land owned by people is actually very small.
So, in order to survive, some people started to expand to other places and finally came to Chaozhou. This is true ancestor of Chaozhou people.
Therefore, people of Chaozhou have more of an exploratory spirit than Hakka people who stick together for warmth. Compared to people of Central Plains who follow rules, people of Chaozhou have a spirit of innovation. It is this spirit that drives locals to boldly explore and opens up many avenues for entrepreneurship.
During Qing Dynasty, when trade flourished, there were many business factions. Among them, Shanxi merchants, as a kind of domestic business gang, are very strong. But later, with development of maritime transport, it was gradually defeated by Chaoshan people.
This is also first step towards getting rich for people of Chaozhou. Thanks to swimming, they exchange goods from different countries, getting difference in price and earning a lot of money.
(3) Worship Han Yu
If there is any ancient official that locals respect most, it has to be Han Yu. In fact, Han Yu was an official in Chaozhou for only eight months, and it is not for nothing that locals are so convinced.
Firstly, he came here to be an official, because he was demoted, not promoted, so mood on way here should not be too good, and his daughter died of an illness on way there. So, Han Yu was able to come here and maintain his original intention to actively benefit people, it was really because of his personality.
Since his arrival, Hanyu has actively participated in various activities that benefit local region, improving local life through measures such as building roads and lowering taxes. According to local legend, crocodiles flooded river and injured many people. Han Yu actually wrote article after learning about this incident while standing by river and reading aloud to a crocodile. This actually scared crocodile several miles away from area and didn't hurt people anymore.
Although legend is miraculous, there really is such an article in history. This article is not only to scare away crocodiles from river, but also to ridicule venality and darkness of rulers of that time. Because of his outspokenness, he can be called a god in hearts of locals.
The current Chaoshan area is developing very well, and there are many local delicacies such as meatballs and so on. If you are interested, you can go and see this place with your own eyes. If you go there during Spring Festival, you can take part in Wandering Gods conference, it is a very lively traditional festival and you can feel festive atmosphere with locals.