China re­mem­bers grass­roots he­roes in 2016

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - PAGE TWO - Cul­tural tours By LIU XIANGRUI li­ux­i­an­grui@chi­nadaily.com.cn Wang Feng, Wei Jian, Zhi Yuey­ing, Guo Xiaop­ing,

are feasts for the eye and the mind.

In 1982, vis­i­tors (above) ap­pre­ci­ate paint­ings in a long gallery in the Sum­mer Palace in Bei­jing.

But Chi­nese tourists now want to see world cul­tural her­itage as over­seas tours have be­come more ac­ces­si­ble.

A group of Chi­nese tourists (right) at the Lou­vre in Paris in 2014 learn about Western cul­ture and art as they hol­i­day abroad.

More are mak­ing such choices for trips to art mu­se­ums and sim­i­lar cul­tural sites.

years, China has at­tracted lots of global at­ten­tion by push­ing the bound­aries, mak­ing the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble and con­quer­ing hu­man and tech­no­log­i­cal lim­i­ta­tions. Visit our web­site to see how the coun­try per­formed in science and tech­nol­ogy in 2016.

From bil­lion­aires to ath­letes, many Chi­nese made it big in the news in 2016. But like pre­vi­ous years, there were some who made a dif­fer­ence to so­ci­ety in their own ways — of­ten qui­etly. Here is a re­cap of me­dia cov­er­age around four such grass­roots he­roes.

died age 38. The late res­i­dent of Nanyang, He­nan prov­ince, first hit the head­lines in May af­ter he risked his life to res­cue his neigh­bors from a mas­sive fire that broke out in their three-story build­ing. Wang, who lived on the ground floor with his wife and daugh­ter, was the first to no­tice the fire.

Af­ter he took his fam­ily to safety and sounded a fire alarm, Wang saved two chil­dren and an adult on his first try. Then he ven­tured into the burn­ing build­ing again to get oth­ers out but was se­verely in­jured in the process. Thanks to his ef­fort, fire­fight­ers could res­cue 20 other res- idents of the build­ing in time. Wang died from third-de­gree burns in Oc­to­ber. police of­fi­cer, 44.

The head of a Shang­hai police unit was re­cently voted as China Cen­tral Tele­vi­sion’s “le­gal fig­ure of the year” by view­ers on­line. Wei has been fight­ing tele­com fraud since 2001. Over the years, he has gained ex­pe­ri­ence through fre­quent meet­ings with vic­tims and by up­grad­ing his knowl­edge of tech­nol­ogy used in such crimes.

From Oc­to­ber 2015, he led in­ves­ti­ga­tions into more than 600 such cases, which helped re­trieve eco­nomic losses to­tal­ing 200 mil­lion yuan ($28.7 mil­lion) for the vic­tims. school-

teacher, 55.

Zhi Yuey­ing came to public at­ten­tion in Oc­to­ber af­ter CCTV fea­tured her for pro­mot­ing ed­u­ca­tion in re­mote Fengxin, a ru­ral county in Jiangxi prov­ince, where she has been teach­ing since 1980. She be­lieves ed­u­ca­tion gives the moun­tain­ous county’s chil­dren — who have lim­ited ex­po­sure to the out­side world — a tool to dream about their fu­ture.

Though she has reached the re­tire­ment age for women in China, Zhi has de­cided to con­tinue teach­ing in some ca­pac­ity as long as her health al­lows. health

ac­tivist, 53. In 2006, he de­cided to es­tab­lish the Lin­fen Red Rib­bon School, ded­i­cated to chil­dren with HIV, be­cause Guo felt that such chil­dren found it dif­fi­cult to get nor­mal ed­u­ca­tion while re­ceiv­ing treat­ment.

Guo, who was pre­vi­ously the di­rec­tor of a hos­pi­tal in Lin­fen, a city in Northwest China’s Shanxi prov­ince, ini­tially opened a “love class­room” for the chil­dren. In 2011, the school was for­mally in­cluded in the na­tional ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to me­dia, it is one of a kind in China, where stu­dents re­ceive free ed­u­ca­tion and treat­ment.

Guo’s work got him nom­i­nated to this year’s CCTV list of peo­ple who “moved China”.

But de­spite his best in­ten­tions, Guo has faced crit­i­cism that he is “seg­re­gat­ing chil­dren with HIV from nor­mal so­ci­ety”. Set­ting up a spe­cial school for such chil­dren, many of whom are or­phans, is a tem­po­rary so­lu­tion, and he hopes they will in­te­grate into so­ci­ety in the fu­ture, he said.

JIANG DONG / CHINA DAILY

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Zhi Yuey­ing teaches her stu­dents in Fengxin, Jiangxi prov­ince, in Oc­to­ber.

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