Man Kam-hop, 91, (left) and Leung Siu-ha, who sang bridal laments as they recalled being wed to strangers in arranged marriages in Hong Kong for a documentary. The women are from the Weitou minority that moved to Hong Kong 1,000 years ago. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong arranged marriage heartbreak: the bridal laments women sang before leaving home

  • Young women, often unschooled, were found husbands by matchmakers, and last days before marrying strangers were spent crying and singing songs of sadness
  • The laments these Weitou women sang, passed down through generations, have been recorded, along with the stories of their lives, in a documentary film
Topic |   Old Hong Kong

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Man Kam-hop, 91, (left) and Leung Siu-ha, who sang bridal laments as they recalled being wed to strangers in arranged marriages in Hong Kong for a documentary. The women are from the Weitou minority that moved to Hong Kong 1,000 years ago. Photo: Xiaomei Chen
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The concrete and brick buildings of Majia Zhai, a remote village in China’s Guizhou province that kept its heritage under wraps for hundreds of years. Photo: David Leffman

A remote Chinese village kept a courtesan’s secret for centuries – now its founding mother takes centre stage

  • One of China’s great beauties, Chen Yuanyuan was born to a peasant family, orphaned and sold as a prostitute
  • She later became consort of Wu Sangui, a great general and despised traitor, what eventually became of her was never known
Topic |   Chinese history

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The concrete and brick buildings of Majia Zhai, a remote village in China’s Guizhou province that kept its heritage under wraps for hundreds of years. Photo: David Leffman
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