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US filmmaker shares fond memories of China, Chinese people

2024-06-11 22:06 Last Updated At:06-12 00:17

U.S. filmmaker Bobby Moser, who studied at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in China's Sichuan Province, shared his fond memories of his time in China and his fascination with Chinese culture and history in a recent interview with the China Global Television Network(CGTN).

Moser recalled his amazing experiences of studying in China and the hospitality he received when traveling from Shanghai to Chengdu, the provincial capital of Sichuan.

"My experience in going to university in China was amazing. I went to Sichuan University of Finance and Economics, Xi Nan Cai Jing Da Xue. I studied Chinese language. I chose to go to China because this gigantic country that has such global impact and so many people and so much history. From day one in China, I remember I flew to Shanghai and then I had to take a train from Shanghai to Chengdu. A train car filled with people and everyone around me was so excited and welcoming," said Moser.

Moser said since he didn't speak any Chinese, he communicated with other passengers on the train by drawing pictures. And he still remembered the first Chinese word he learned, which is Daxiang, or elephant in English.

"Talking about China right now, I feel very nostalgic for my time there. I feel a little hungry for Chinese food. I was in Chengdu, Sichuan, and I think Sichuan food is the best food in the world - hot pot, all the family dishes," said Moser.

Moser still has a vivid memory of a small family-owned restaurant where the dad did all the cooking, and the mom waited tables, cleaned and did everything else, including remembering all of his and his friends’ favorite dishes.

Moser said Chengdu appealed to him with its relaxed vibe as well as its bustling, metropolitan environment.

"Chengdu is one of my favorite cities in the world. It has a more relaxed vibe. It is a gigantic Chinese city, so it's still a bustling and metropolitan environment. But I found it still to have all of these areas that felt so peaceful even within this gigantic city," said Moser.

He said he is also fascinated with Chengdu's culture and history and gets nostalgic for his time in the city.

"Having lived there for a couple of years, I'm even more appreciative of the complexity and the beauty of the culture and the history. I feel a lot of joy, excitement, so many great memories there of my experience traveling, learning Chinese. My friends who are there, who I miss, I do feel this sort of longing and sense of nostalgia," he said.

Another city that left a deep impression on him is Kangding, located in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Sichuan and close to China's Xizang (Tibet) Autonomous Region.

"A maybe less well-known area that I have a lot of fun memories of is closer to Tibet (Xizang), in Kangding. It's like a city. It's the gateway to Tibet (Xizang). That city I thought was really special, it's in this river valley. So the city is like, all the buildings are built along this very narrow river valley, and it has a very unique aesthetic. And the people there were amazing. And there's a big town square where there's dancing every night," said Moser.

He said he has plenty of keepsakes from his time in China to remind him of his experience while at home in the U.S.

"I brought a lot of mementos back. I had a lot of gifts. There was a lot of emotion when I left. I had such an amazing experience in China, so there was a lot of tears and emotion," said Moser.

US filmmaker shares fond memories of China, Chinese people

US filmmaker shares fond memories of China, Chinese people

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Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

2024-07-14 11:30 Last Updated At:12:07

The torrential rain that started to fall on Friday in central China's Hubei Province has left 754 reservoirs in the region exceeding flood storage capacities.

Due to increased discharge from the Three Gorges Reservoir and recent heavy rainfall, water levels in the Hubei section of the Yangtze River and in smaller rivers within the province are expected to rise in the coming days.

Multiple areas in Hubei, including Wuhan, Yichang, Jingmen, Xiaogan, and 11 other cities and prefectures, have also experienced heavy rainfall since Friday.

The heavy rainfall caused waterlogging in a low-lying residential area in Xiaogan City on Saturday, trapping several residents in their homes. Rescue personnel then used rescue boats to evacuate the flood-stranded residents to safety.

In Wuhan City, heavy rainfall accompanied by thunderstorms and strong winds caused multiple power line failures across the city. After nearly two hours of emergency repairs, power supply has been fully restored.

The heavy rainfall also caused the water level of Maojiahe Reservoir in Xingshan County, Yichang City, to rise rapidly. Considering the possibility of continued heavy rainfall, the reservoir started to discharge floodwater at 13:00 Saturday.

"We've quickly organized personnel to initiate emergency plans, notify every household, set up roadblocks on major transportation routes, and prohibit people and vehicles from entering the areas of flood discharge channels," said Cai Bishou, head of Pingshui Village, Gufu Town, Yichang City's Xingshan County.

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

Heavy rainfall in Hubei leaves 754 reservoirs exceeding flood storage capacities

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