The singular most important...
The singular most important historical person in Guangzhou's long history seems to the the revered Sun Yat Sen. He is best know, perhaps, for being responsible for developing the Kuomintang that eventually changed a long and ancient history of this country.
A very small part of Sun Yat Sen's history is his earliest exposure to the United States of America and especially his years on American soil in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was one of very few Chinese to come to Hawaii for the express purpose of going to high school. He began his familiarization with the concepts of American education at an Episcopalian private school which I discussed briefly in my HAWAII pages and completed his final year at another non denominational private co-educational school, largest private school in the United States, and the school started by the Missionaries, Punahou.
When Dr. Sen attended the school, it was known as Oahu College, though it did not go beyond 12'th grade. At some later point this was changed to PUNAHOU,
Many years later, shortly after World War II began, I attended Iolani. Even then, in the early 40's, they still spoke fondly of China's great leader. Later on, I was to complete my high school years at Punahou. It is doubtful that I will be instrumental in overthrowing a monarchy and setting an entire country on a different course.
Though he returned to China to fulfill his desire to make a New China, it is my feeling that his dreams were never fully realized. He was but one man and had to rely upon others, all men and women whose names also are extremely prominent in the History of China. The postwar leadership of this country were part of Sun Yat Sen's legacy as is Taiwan, another of Sun Yat Sen's earl y supporters starting that country.
So said, with all due respect, I would rather spend another day at the Guangzhou Zoo in search of a Panda. This is a large and expansive zoo, and they too have a Night Safari similar to that of Singapore. We were on a mission to see a Panda. Where have all the Pandas gone? We went to every Zoo, in every city, at every stop in China. Where's the Panda?
How many of you have seen a RED PANDA? Amongst the rarest animals in China or the World. Stick around, there's one waiting in my computer. He or she is asleep right now, like the rest of the Panda Bears in China.
There is an unbridled enthusiasm amongst the young of China. A brightness in the eyes, an extra bounce to their step, something extra........
Dr. Sen, I think your dreams will come true.
ON THE CAMPUS OF ZHONGSHAN UNIVERSITY
This University was a commemorative to Dr. Sun Yat Sen and among the memorials is this building. a place for quiet meditation.
The University has an excellent program for International Students who wish to learn Chinese. Their tuition levels are far below those of the USA, dormitories are around $200.00 per month, tuition for full time classes a bit over $2000.00. Anyone interested?