In Nanjing, our first destination, we visited the Nanjing Hall Hill Cemetery to pay respect to our ancestors. There, we honored our great grandfather's tomb and learned about some of his many virtues. We learned that Liu Guo Jun was a powerful figure, and an important pioneer in the 20th century Chinese textile industry. His most influential qualities were his philanthropic habits and his altruistic aspirations.
Liu Guo Jun was born in the Guangxu reign of the Qing Dynasty. Raised into a poor family, Liu Guo Jun sought to make his fortune when he was a child and did whatever it took to realize his dream. Eventually, Liu Guo Jun would climb the social ladder and find success in the Chinese textile industry. With his fortune, Liu Guo Jun expanded China's identity as an international industrial power and gave back to his community by creating thousands of jobs and donating great sums towards education. Today, many vocational schools are named after Liu Guo Jun, making Liu a household name in certain parts of eastern China.
On our second excursion, we returned to Liu Guo Jun's former residence on Qingguo Lane and visited the home where he and his family once lived.
(TOP): Construction on QINgguo lane
(TOP): LIU GUO JUN'S Garden
(TOP: liu guo jun's former neighborhood.
(BOTTOM): FORMER SITES OF LIU GUO JUN'S DACHENG TEXTILE FACTORY.
Later, we would visit an exhibition donated by Liu Guo Jun at the Changzhou Museum. We also attended the opening ceremony for a documentary named "the Diaries of Liu Guo Jun."
(top): view from our hotel Lobby.
(TOP): Father taking daughter on walk.
On the third day, the bus drove us to the Couple's Retreat Garden and Cultural Area in Suzhou.
Here, Liu Guo Jun vacationed and spent time with his wife.
(TOP): Boys chilling.
(TOP): Man Chilling.
(TOP): Twins chilling.
(TOP): LOCAL WOMEN IN JING JIAN.
Later in the day, we would drive to Jing Jian and visit the birth place of Liu Guo Jun in Shengci. We would also see Yue Fei Temple and a middle school founded by and named after Liu Guo Jun.
After visiting the school, our trip would come to an end and my cousins and I would say our final goodbyes on New Years day in Shanghai.
Although our time spent in Shanghai marked the end of our trip, the lessons we learned in China would stay with us for a long time. I learned what it meant to be a ‘Liu.’ As Liu Guo Jun would say, "If you achieve a fortune, give it back to those who helped you along the way."