On Chung Yeung Festival, I went with my relatives to the cemetery to pay our respects to my grandparents. As I walked around the cemetery waiting for my relatives to arrive, I noticed that, in the old days, it was lawful and quite common for a man to have two wives.
Nowadays, in Hong Kong and most other places in the world, it is illegal to have two wives, or two husbands. (With the major exception of certain Muslim countries, of course.) Most people would consider this to be a sign of progress, the recognition of equal rights between men and women in marriage. This is also one of the many changes associated with the Xinhai Revolution and the modernization of China.
I also paid my obligatory visit to Cai Yuan Pei’s (蔡元培) grave. He was a successful scholar in the old Qing Dynasty. But he was deeply disappointed by the ruling class and turned into a revolutionist. He was studying in Germany when the Xinhai Revolution 辛亥革命 broke out. But he came back to China immediately to participate in the revolution. He was the first Minister of Education 教育總長 of the Republic of China.