China is one of the world’s fastest growing major economies with a population of 1.4 billion and covering an area 73 times the size of England. In this month’s talk, Peter Brinsden gave members an illuminating description of life in China and how this has changed over the past 100 years.
Tell us a bit about yourself Peter
Peter was born in Peking in 1940. His great great grandfather moved to China in 1856 as an American Presbyterian missionary. His great grandfather Robert supervised the building of a university in Hangchow (now Hangzhou) in 1912. Peter’s father was taught Chinese by the tutor to the last Emporer of China (Puyi) and Peter, himself, has travelled and lectured extensively throughout China, including visits to Xi’an which was the start of the famous Silk Road and is now famous for its terracotta warriors. Peter had the honour of giving a lecture in The Great Hall of the People and has four Honorary Professorships at Universities in China.
Life in China
Life in China has changed dramatically over the last 100 years. Horse drawn carts have been replaced by bullet trains and shanty towns by modern skyscrapers. The Chinese people are generally very happy people – Peter’s presentation was notably full of smiling faces. China now contains one of the largest Christian communities in the world, possibly numbering over 100 million.
Members were also given an insight into modern China: the modern hospitals and the flourishing traditional medicine markets; the shopping malls and the many massive infrastructure projects. The Three Gorges Dam is an imposing example, towering to a height of 600ft.
Peter Lane, our Vice Chairman, thanked Peter for his most interesting talk. In July, the Tavistock Probus Club will hold its Club Lunch at the Bedford Hotel.
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