Before I got the idea where London is, Cambridge was already on my mind. Thanks for the Chinese class I had in primary school, there was a famous poet Xu Zhimo had written an outstanding poem. “Saying goodbye to Cambridge Again”. In 1928, he visited Cambridge again and was reluctant to leave. Till now, I can still find the books about him and his poems in Cambridge. My friends visited me from China this week, and I took them to Cambridge. Because I think Cambridge is a must visit place in England.
If you have ever asked a Chinese what Cambridge is, he or she will tell you that Cambridge is where the university is and recited the famous sentences of this poem. “very quietly I take my leave, as quietly as I came here.” I have attached the full poem in Chinese and English below.
University of Cambridge
Cambridge is rich in its academic atmosphere, in fact, the university is taking care of the environment around. You may see students playing cricket, reading books and discussing on the lawn.
The University of Cambridge is one of the world’s oldest universities, within 800 years, there are more than 60 Nobel laureates graduated from it. Newton was in Trinity college, and so were more than 20 Nobel laureates and 6 British Prime Ministers. The university has 9 museums and collections which are open to the public. For the reason of providing peaceful study environment for students, the university has guidance for visitors, you can have the information from the tourist information centre.
If you are going to have a look at the apple tree which inspired Newton, here’s the information of Trinity College. Outside of closure periods, Great Court and the Chapel are open daily during the summer months. From 10am to 5pm, with last entry at 4.30pm. Tickets priced at £3 for adults, may be purchased from the visitors’ booth inside Great Gate. Alternatively, Great Court may be viewed from beneath Queen’s Gate, on Trinity Lane, from 10am to 5pm every day, free of charge.
King’s College was founded in 1441 by Henry VI, so you may find his status standing in the middle of the courtyard. The spectacular Gothic style made King’s college special. Chapel is a landmark building of the College, personally designed by the King.
The River Cam is the main river flowing through Cambridge, its original was the Granta as it derives from the city of Cambridge (Old English: Grantebrycge). You might encounter many punting sales in town, it cost £10 each person. A punt is a flat-bottomed boat which does not have a keel, and it is one of the most popular way to see the famous bridges “Bridge of Sighs”, “Mathematical Bridge” and colleges along the river.
The Corpus Clock is a large sculptural clock at street level on the outside of the Taylor Library at Corpus Christi College, in the junction of King’s Parade and Benet Street. It’s really easy to spot, because there will be lots of visitors watching or taking picture of it. This beast’s name is “Chronophage”, means time eater. Taylor designed it to be “terrifying”, “Basically I view time as not on your side. He’ll eat every minute of your life, and as soon as one has gone he’s salivating for the next”. The clock has been unveiled by Professor Stephen Hawking. This golden chronophage lifts up stinger every 15 minutes, it stings every hour and makes sound. I love the idea of this clock, it reminds me of seizing the time. No wonder the students here are one of the best students in the world. Not only does the academic atmosphere help them involve, but the clock keeps chasing them up.
Memorial stone for Xu Zhimo is definitely the spot Chinese people are seeking in Cambridge. Xu Zhimo is a modern Chinese poetry and made tremendous contributions to modern Chinese literature. According to the story of Xu Zhimo, I actually dislike his affairs issue, but I highly respect his first wife—Zhang Youyi. (Her story is very interesting and inspiring to read)
There’s one more spot for memorial Barbara Yung Meiling, Acted as Huang Rong in The Legend of the Condor Heroes. You can find her in the central cemetery of Cambridge. “Lonely Is The Home Without You，Life To Us Is Not The Same，All The World Would Be Like Heaven If We Could Have You Back Again”.