Chinese poem in Cambridge
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Chinese visitors seek out poet's farewell to Cambridge

Forget Cambridge's punts and the colleges - a piece of China's cultural history is the main attraction for many Chinese visitors to the city.

Xu Zhimo, a renowned 20th Century Chinese poet, is commemorated in Cambridge with a stone of white Beijing marble which was installed at the Backs of King's College in 2008. It bears the first two and last two lines from Xu's best-known poem - a farewell to Cambridge where he studied in the 1920s.

The poem is taught to every child in China. Chang Liu said studying for her doctorate at the university is a dream come true - because of the poem.

  • 12 Nov 2013