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Zibo, a land with picturesque sceneries and heroes

2017/4/13 16:52:00   source:sdchina.com

Located in the central area of Shandong province, Zibo boasts picturesque sceneries with Mountain Lu, the second highest mountain in the province lying in the center of the city and Yi River in the north of Mountain Lu and Zi River in the south. It is also the home to numerous heroes including Jiao Yulu, Zhu Yanfu, Li Zhenghua, Sun Jianbo and Qi Qingliang.

Jiao Yulu

Jiao Yulu, a model secretary of county committee, was born in a poor family in Beigushan Village of Zibo City in 1922. He had experienced various hardships in his childhood and his father died when Jiao was only a teenager.

Jiao joined the Communist Party of China in Jan. 1946. After the War of Liberation, he came to work in Henan province. In Dec. 1962, he was transferred to be the second secretary and later secretary of Lankao county.

He devoted himself to the work in spite of his chronic liver disease, leading the local people to regulate rivers and watercourses, tackling desertification and improving land utilization. He was died of liver cancer on May 14, 1964.

People’s Daily has printed articles to call on people to learn from Jiao Yulu after his death. For years, people in China have never stopped to learn from this model secretary.

Zhu Yanfu

Zhu Yanfu, born in Zhanjiaquan Village, Yiyuan County of Zibo in 1933, is known as China’s Pavel Korchagin. He joined the People’s Liberation Army when he was 14 years old. During the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea, he got wounded for ten times, underwent 47 surgeries and lost his shanks, hands and left eye. However, his legendary life was just beginning.

Returning to his hometown, Zhu worked as the secretary of his village. In ten years, he successfully transferred wasteland into fertile fields and ended the history of kerosene lighting in his village.

After retirement in 1982, he started to write books with his mouth and residual limbs. Having been revised for 7 times, two heart-shaking autographical novels The Limitless Life and Man without Regrets were published.

Li Zhenghua

The 17-year old Li Zhenhua left his hometown Nanjing for Yiyuan County in 1953 where he worked as a teacher.

From the first month of his work, he donated a quarter of his salary each month to students with financial problems. It has never been suspended for 60 years. Li has donated a total of 1.02 million yuan to over 2,000 students.

After retirement, Li donated his only savings and the State Council Special Allowance to three schools he had worked with. Initiated by Li, the Zhenghua Scholarship has raised over 2.96 million yuan and aided over 8,000 students financially.

Sun Jianbo

Sun Jianbo, born in 1959, is an investigator of Zibo Forestry Bureau and the secretary of Yuanshan Forest Farm.

He got severely disabled in his right leg when he was 3. In 1996, Sun became the head as well as the secretary of Yuanshan Forest Farm.

In the 1990s, the farm was heavily in debt. Sun proposed to launch ecological tourism projects inside the farm. Thanks to years of struggle, Yuanshan Forest Farm keeps growing. Recently, Sun put forward to build recreational tourism, green industry, ecological industry and cultural industry, intending to forge Yuanshan Forest Farm the city’s first 5A level scenic area.

Qi Qingliang

Qi Qingliang was born in Yuanxi Village, Boshan District of Zibo City in 1952. He went back to his hometown after refusing his teacher’s advice to teach in Qingdao Medical College.

In 1997, Qi was an associate chief physician and one of the most prestigious doctors in Boshan District. However, he gave up the opportunity to work in municipal hospitals and applied to work in a remote township health clinic.

At the beginning of his work there, the working conditions was very difficult. The hospital owned only one microscope and a debt of over 500,000 yuan.

With 20 years of hard work, Qi has turned the remote township health clinic into a well-known secondary hospital. The business income of the hospital has jumped to the top of the district. Patients from other districts of Zibo also go to seek medical advice from Qi.

Liu Changfa

In Jiao Yulu’s hometown Boshan District, the name of Liu Changfa has become familiar to more and more local residents. As a “first secretary”, he has guided two impoverished villages out of poverty in five years.

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