With beautiful timber furnishings dating back over 100 years, this Chinese medicine shop in the middle of Keelung’s shopping area is a marvel.
The owner arrived in Keelung (northern Formosa now Taiwan) in 1949 along with about three million others fleeing communists in mainland China.
His family has been traditional medical practitioners for several hundreds of years at Canton, (now called Guangzhou) passing the knowledge down to each generation.
My father’s famous ancestor was Swedish who made seventeen trading voyages between Sweden and Canton, each trip taking 18 months. It would be interesting if my ancestor (by the name David af Sandeberg (David of Sand Mountain) and admitted into the House of Nobility by King Gustav in 1772) had made contact with the ancestors of this Keelung medicine family 350 years ago.
My little personal quest is now complete. I found the answer in Keelung without going to Canton, China where nobody would have been at home.
Not impossible points. Stranger remote coincidences have occurred to me.