women hold up half the sky


My party walked for about eight hours through the mountains of Guilin and this woman offered to carry my backpack which had heavy supplies and all of my camera equipment in it. With aching back and throbbing legs I desperately wanted someone to carry it, but being a guy I just had too much pride to let a lady carry my bag! I know that in China they have a saying that, "women hold up half the sky," but those gender roles get me every time. Although I carried my own pack the woman walked with us the entire eight hours telling us about the history and traditions of the “minority people” who live in these mountains.

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