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Popularity 13Viewed 1657 times 2015-4-1 23:28 |Personal category:Life|System category:Life| lin, zexu, china, fuzhou, life

Having spent almost four years in fuzhou, I thought I knew a lot about this place I now call home. But, yet again, Fuzhou will never cease to surprise me. Every passing day in this city of fortune is a new adventure with a new lesson to be learnt.
A casual stroll today along the Fuzhou San fang Qi xiang - 三坊七巷- made me stumble upon a piece of Fuzhou's history. What made my discovery altogether more special and surprising was the fact that I came to know that this very city was actually the birthplace of a Hero some 2 or 3 centuries ago. 

Indeed! A hero! A National Hero! Most of us have heard about the First Opium War and like many of us, I too knew a few things about it until i entered the Fuzhou Memorial Hall of Lin Zexu. I was there, standing in front of the statue of the person who actually was believed to have triggered the first opium war. 

I believe that History helps individuals to actually rediscover their identity. Lin Zexu 's story really touched me because of the individual he was; a true patriot, a distinguished officer and a down to earth human being with lofty visions for his country. 

I felt proud to be roaming in the very city where such a Hero was born. Then again, I might sound " cliched" but i felt determined to achieve something while being in this very place. 

Lin Zexu might be known as a National Hero for his contributions. The day he confiscated chests full of opium, June 3rd, is celebrated as the Anti- smoking Day in China. His statue stands in the middle of New York city and a wax statue of his in Madame Tussauds. Personally, I look up to Lin Zexu as my personal hero because he aspires young people like me to develop the virtues of integrity, honesty, selflessness and undying courage and love for the country...

I would say Fuzhou has many more secrets to unravel to me... This is just the beginning...

Lin Zexu statue in New York city

statues depicting the opium war

Fuzhou Memorial hall

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Reply Report Igo 2015-4-2 09:42
Very good!
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 10:08
Igo: Very good!
thank you my friend
Reply Report eddieturkson 2015-4-2 10:09
Nice to see a Chinese statue in New York. How long has it been there? Is it a ploy to attract Chinese tourists or they just love Zexu
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 10:22
eddieturkson: Nice to see a Chinese statue in New York. How long has it been there? Is it a ploy to attract Chinese tourists or they just love Zexu
actually i have not done much research about the lin zexu statue in New york...  but what i know id that it is located in the chinatown of new york city
Reply Report Dr.Bill.Shen 2015-4-2 12:27
The opium war with english was 1840 in Humen, near Guangzhou.
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 13:39
Dr.Bill.Shen: The opium war with english was 1840 in Humen, near Guangzhou.
yes indeed! and lin was sent there as the imperial governor to take action...
Reply Report voice_cd 2015-4-2 15:35
we have recommended your blog.
Reply Report 财神 2015-4-2 15:51
Nice to read the post, well done!
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 16:40
voice_cd: we have recommended your blog.
thanks a lot...
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 16:40
财神: Nice to read the post, well done!
thank you...
Reply Report KIyer 2015-4-2 16:56
A true hero and patriot!
Reply Report Newtown 2015-4-2 21:06
Congratulations - for managing to live in Fuzhou for several years ! It cannot be the most pleasant city in China: the roads are a mess and often heavily congested, the drivers are very rude, loud and aggressive ( which is virtually the norm for Fuzhou males in many aspects of their lives, although they can also be excellent cooks ), there is a lot of pollution, the Min River is hardly picturesque, there are scores of high rise apartments, many of which are empty because they are so expensive, and Fuzhou city dwellers often look down upon those from the nearby countryside and other provinces ( especially Sichuan ).

Fuzhou may have produced some military heroes but a few years ago "Sanfang Qiqiang",part of an inner city suburb, was demolished and the history of that famous area largely destroyed in the process of redevelopment. It is now a tourist oriented "walking street" featuring new "old" buildings which displays more the commercialism of 21st century than the heroics of the Opium Wars.

Good luck for unlocking more of Fuzhou's secrets.
Reply Report lavanya 2015-4-2 21:25
I am really very happy and proud as you have written a very good piece.
Reply Report Kate008 2015-4-2 21:59
I studied in Fuzhou when I was in college, and I've been "san fang qi xiang" severals times, it has been renovated and it's a good place to stay, however, it's filled with more and more commercial elements instead of a place to respect historical heros.
Reply Report ColinSpeakman 2015-4-2 22:40
What can a Brit say about the Opium Wars? At least I am a non-smoker!
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 23:00
Newtown: Congratulations - for managing to live in Fuzhou for several years ! It cannot be the most pleasant city in China: the roads are a mess and often heav ...
you are right... fuzhou might not be the best city for a foreigner to be in... but i have learnt to like it... i believe there is something more in this city...
take care
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 23:01
lavanya: I am really very happy and proud as you have written a very good piece.
thank you
Reply Report poetic_phoenix 2015-4-2 23:23
Kate008: I studied in Fuzhou when I was in college, and I've been "san fang qi xiang" severals times, it has been renovated and it's a good place to  ...
you are right my friend. san fang qi qiang is full of shops and i should say most of the tourists who come there are told about the shopping not about the historical importance of the place.
but i am glad i managed to discover another facet of this place...
Reply Report claudeckenni 2015-4-3 01:50
I went to Fuzhou last Chinese New Year and visit Lin Zexu's residence. The letter he wrote to his wife ebfore he was executed was very touching...
Reply Report Newtown 2015-4-3 16:54
"Something more in this city" - I'd probably recommend the roads out of it to Xia'men ( a far more pleasant and civilised city ) and
Wenzhou, although the latter does have ostentatious displays of "tu hao" and many of its wealthy residents are desperate to gain face. Of course nearby to Fuzhou there's a steep mountain that takes a few hours to climb if you're fit and keen, and you can recover by catching the chairlift down. I would guess that you are already familiar with the night market in Fuzhou's "student street" ( part of the university district ) which is absolutely huge and full of bargain hunters and pretty girls !

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