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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Guo Moruo Former Residence Memorial Hall

Guo Moruo Former Residence Memorial Hall

Guo Moruo (1892-1978) was an outstanding Chinese writer, poet, dramatist, historian, archaeologist and paleographer. He wrote several historical plays and one of them is "Chu Yuan" (1942), telling the story of a dissident poet of the 4th-century BC. He also wrote lots of studies on Chinese archaeology, history, and literature. He worked as a government official from 1949 until his death. The courtyard where Guo had lived for 15 years, from November 1963 until his death, was formerly a prince's garden during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). It was listed as an important cultural relic under state protection in 1982, on Guo's 90th birthday, and officially opened to tourists in 1988.

It was in this small courtyard that Guo wrote his theses, monographs, poems and other works. Many manuscripts, books and documents are still kept there.

Guo loved nature. The flowers and plants Guo and his wife planted continue to flourish. On the lawn in north end of the courtyard stands a gingko tree, which Guo called "the national tree of China" and "a living monument to Chinese culture." There is a short story behind this tree. In 1954, Yu Liqun, Guo's wife, left Beijing for medical treatment. Missing her very much, Guo brought a tree seedling from a forestry center and planted it in his courtyard at 5 Dayuan Lane in Xicheng District. He named it the Mother Tree. Guo taught his children to water and trim it and asked them to pray for the early recovery of their mother. When the family moved in 1963, they also moved the tree to the new courtyard. The Mother Tree is flourishing to this day and is heavy with fruit every autumn.

On the lawn is a bronze statue of Guo, a work by Situ Zhaoguang, a well-known sculptor and professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, on the 10th anniversary of Guo's death. The shining statue of Guo gazes forever at the Mother Tree.

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