Well salt harvesting, Zigong, China (自贡)

Posted by Ziren (Singapore, Singapore) on 24 June 2010 in Business & Industry and Portfolio.

Well salt is warmly welcomed and well-loved all over the world - in fact, most of the well salt harvested here in Zigong are exported to Japan. The Japanese prefer well salt over sea salt, and they import well salt from Zigong (Sichuan Province) in China where well salt is abundant. The well salt industry in Zigong has been running for well over 1000 years, starting since the Song Dynasty! *Zigong is a city rich in heritage and it nicely reflects the Chinese culture, just like other cities and areas in Sichuan.

I am Ziren Wang, a student from Raffles Institution, Singapore. I picked up a camera in January 2009 in my school's photographic society, and I have never looked back. Years later, I have explored various different forms of photography, from event coverage, to fashion, to documentary, to photography using DIY lenses, and most recently, to film.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

This is a fascinating picture showing salt pans on a smaller scale. Three hundred years ago South Shields had many salt pans and flats, long before it grew to it's present size.

24 Jun 2010 5:48pm

@Curly: i did some googling on salt pans in south shields and i came across some interesting images! *but there is a significant difference between the salt industries in zigong and south shields- zigong harvests well salt i.e. brine is extracted from over 1km underground and then heated through natural gas in one of these pans in the picture to acquire consumable well salt; south shields harvests seawater and evaporates them to acquire salt. hope i got it right xD

Kimberly from Singapore

OH WOW! I didn't know that salt can come from a well! I only know of sea salt :) And also... not edible salt from sweat xP

29 Jun 2010 11:17am

@Kimberly: LOL FAIL XD

k@ from Paris, France

Great sense of the atmosphere here.

2 May 2013 4:59am

Zhang Fangge from Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Hello, Ziren! I am Zhang Fangge, a student in the Chinese University of Hong Kong. I like your photo very much! As now I am preparing an WeChat article which is a part of an art project called Inhabitants(It is 居民 in Chinese), may I use your photo in my WeChat article with information of author, website and any other information if necessary? This article is about a food vendor's life experience, he mentioned salt factory. This is an introduction website of my research:

Thank you very much for reading my comment! If possible, hope we can communicate about this:)

31 May 2017 11:19am