Back to My hometown – Part 1
Searching the root of Teochiu

Chaozhou (Chinese: 潮州; pinyin: Cháozhōu; Wade-Giles: Ch’ao²-chou¹; literally “Tide Prefecture”; usually spelled Chiu Chow in the US and Hong Kong), also widely known by its Postal map spelling Teochew, is a prefecture-level city in eastern Guangdong province, People’s Republic of China. It borders Shantou to the south, Jieyang to the southwest, Meizhou to the northwest, the province of Fujian to the east, and the South China Sea to the southeast. It has an area of 3,614 square kilometers and a population of 2,500,000


After being far away from my hometown, Chao Zhou nearly for five years,  I suddenly have a will to find the root of myself. And thanks to one my good friend Galacy wanna to take a tour to my hometown, Chaozhou , I have a chance to review my “profile” and look at this place at another point.

location of ChaoZhou

location of ChaoZhou

Teochew can be romanised in a variety of schemes, and are known in Mandarin as Chaozhou ren and Cantonese as Chiuchao yan. In referring to themselves as ethnic Chinese, Teochew people generally use Deung nang (唐人; Mandarin: Tangren), literally Tang Dynasty people, as opposed to Hang nang (漢人/汉人; Mandarin: Hanren), which means ‘Han Dynasty people’. Teochew people of the diaspora would generally use Hua nang (華人/华人; Mandarin: Huaren) to indicate Chinese heritage in a cultural sense.

Teochew people also commonly refer to each other as ga gi nang (自己人; Mandarin: zijiren) which means ‘our own people'[1].

To situate the term into a contemporary sociocultural context, Teochew people in Chaoshan of today refer to themselves as Chaoshan people, rather than Teochew people.

Teochiu always like to say “If you speak Teochew, you are one of us. ” This phrase shows that people from Chaozhou are all friendly to those who come from the same hometown. And as the matter of fact, Teochiu are really united and faithful to each other.
In myopinion,  Teochiu stands for the spirit of bravery, brightness, and hardworking.  Many  Teochiu leave from hometown to the other cities even the other countries for a better life. They are brave, built their own home and chasing their new life by their hands.
Teochiu are so smart that they created numerous artcrafts, such like chinaware, tea ceremony,stitchwork and also the fantastic food(Chiuchow cuisine).

Nobody can deny that Teochiu are very harkworking. They have brave sprite, smart brain, and the most important, their untired hands. We all know that who is the richest Chinese in the world. We make our lives better by keeping our industrious character from one generation to another generation.
Just as the name of Chao Zhou described, (Chao means the Tide in Chinese )we have the spirit of Tide, never stop, never give up. Fight on for our dream forever.

Apr 1st, 2009 | Posted in Tour
  1. galacy
    Apr 2nd, 2009 at 12:41 | #1

    yep~~~bravery, brightness, and hardworking, others always call me like that 😆
    Chaozhou is not a big city but has his long long history. maybe that is the reason why Teochius always help other Teochius…

  2. Apr 2nd, 2009 at 17:30 | #2

    You? bravery?brightness? hardworking?

  3. galacy
    Apr 3rd, 2009 at 09:59 | #3

    what do you mean? are you doubting me?!

  4. Apr 3rd, 2009 at 10:21 | #4

    @galacy – Of course~~~~not :mrgreen:

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