"I am alone in this world, with no melancholy or burden. I am content."

Mr. Che



Mr. Che was born in poverty in a small farming town in Anhui Province in the 1930s during the Chinese Civil War. His parents were farmers, and they struggled to get by throughout his childhood.

He has lived in Shanghai for seven years, telling fortunes in the Temple Square in Zhudi every day. He is a trusted member of the community, and the people of Zhudi come to him for advice and guidance when dealing with matters of great importance.

Fortune Telling in China

In Chinese society, fortune telling is a respected and important part of social and business culture. Thus, fortune tellers often take on a role which is equivalent to management consultants and psychotherapists in Western society. As management consultants, they advise business people on business and investment decisions. Many major business decisions involve the input of fortune tellers. Their social role allows decision risks to be placed outside of the organization and provides a mechanism of quickly randomly deciding between several equally useful options. As psychotherapists, they help people discuss and resolve personal issues without the stigma of illness.

More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_fortune_telling

Anhui Province

Anhui ([ánxu̯éi̯]Chinese安徽pinyinĀnhuī) is a landlocked province of the People's Republic of China located in the eastern region of the country. Located across the basins of the Yangtze River and the Huai River, it borders Jiangsu to the east, Zhejiang to the southeast, Jiangxi to the south, Hubei to the southwest, Henan to the northwest, and Shandong for a short section in the north. The provincial capital is Hefei.

The name "Anhui" derives from the names of two cities: Anqing and Huizhou (now Huangshan City).[4] The abbreviation for Anhui is "Chinesepinyinwǎn" after the historical State of Wan, Mount Wan, and the Wan river.

The province was formed in the 17th century. Before then, there was no coherent concept of "Anhui". In terms of culture, Northern Anhui was firmly a part of the North China Plain together with modern-day Henan province, northern Jiangsu and southern Shandong provinces. Central Anhui was densely populated and constituted mostly of fertile land from the Huai River watershed. In contrast, the culture of Southern Anhui, bordered mostly along the Yangtze, was closer to Jiangxi and southern Jiangsu provinces. The hills of southeastern Anhui formed a unique and distinct cultural sphere of its own.

More on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhui