We'd just recently arrived in the village and were aimlessly wandering in the old stone alleyways. Baoshan is a remote village nestled amongst steep terraced fields overlooking a deep Yangtze River gorge. Half of the village's 200 families live in the older part of the village—in homes constructed on a large and sheer stone outcropping. Traditionally, the stone was carved to form benches, beds and stoves inside the homes. Today the stone serves as the steps and alleyways that interconnect the cluster of residences.
We made our way through these alleys falling into step behind an old gentleman. He turned to see who was behind him. Our presence in the village was already widely known. (Evelyn was known as "the girl from America whose parents are from Sichuan and had left for Taiwan during 'liberation'".) The man greeted us warmly and invited us to his home. This is not unusual. The people in Baoshan are Naxi and like village people most everywhere they are quite hospitable.