Hong from Zhiyuan Coll上海千花坊hai Jiao Tong

Now, highways have been built to link the downtown to the suburbs, and tea-

processing plants have been built in the village so that buyers from across the country can come to purchase the products regularly.”

上海千花坊品茶微信Liu Haoran, an undergraduate majoring in chemistry, says his mother

often tells him about the stories behind the stamps she has kept for decades.

“It includes various types of stamps, such as anniversaries of the founding of the People上海千花坊

‘s Republic of China and special ones decorated with theatrical masks, Chinese zodiac animals and horses,” says Liu.

“They present the history and civilization of China since the reform and opening-up, and I a上海千花坊m impressed by the country’s development and its culture.”

Wearing his bright red armband and speaking fluent Mandarin, from a

上海千花坊品茶微信distance 62-year-old Gao Tianrui could be taken for any regular Chinese man.

But on closer inspection, things are not quite what they seem: Gao’s real name is Terry and he i

s from the United States. Having lived in Beijing for more than 20 years, Terry Crossman has上海千花坊

inally fulfilled his Chinese dream: becoming a public security volunteer. Life as a “Xicheng Dama” has even made him an online celebrity.

Xicheng Dama are volunteers, usually women in late middle-age, who roam the streets上海千花坊

of downtown Beijing’s Xicheng district. And now Crossman has joined their club.

In video footage that recently went viral, Crossman said that he initially

saw the group as busybodies, but his opinion changed once he was on the inside.上海千花坊品茶微信

“Gradually I saw that it is a good thing for retired seniors to come out and help others,” he said.

In the footage, he is seen giving tourists directions, getting water for a baby and even helping a neighbor sell yogurt.

“I like helping others,” he said. “I live in the hutong and my neighbors and I us上海千花坊品茶微信

ually help each other … This is where I live, where my friends are and where I call home.”

Crossman became interested in Chinese culture as a teenager when he read the Tao Te Ching by Laozi.

www.fhgwe.cn