"If you wear short sleeves and slippers in summer, it won't be so hot that the air will distort the floor and fry eggs; if you wear a coat and scarf in winter, it won't be too cold to wear three layers inside and outside."
Asked about his impression of Sichuan, Xie Zhigong (Adi Wirawan Tjahjono) from Indonesia said humorously that, "There are four distinct seasons here, and it is picturesque all year round. You can enjoy the wonderful natural scenery after work and study, which makes people addicted. This is Sichuan."
Xie Zhigong has been in China for 14 years. He graduated from Chongqing Medical University with a bachelor's degree, majoring in Clinical Medicine.
Later, with curiosity and interest in traditional Chinese medicine, he came to Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine to study Acupuncture & Moxibustion,Tuina.
From then on, he fell in love with Chengdu deeply and wanted to stay in this city very much. Fortunately, after being recommended by his teacher, he stayed to teach at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
According to Xie Zhigong, he settled in Chengdu because of the comfortable life and strong cultural heritage here. For him, Chengdu is really a city that he does not want to leave when he comes.
What he envied most was the optimism and contentment of the Sichuan people. He said: "In my opinion, my Sichuan friends don't pay too much attention to the things that should be worried about. Everything comes naturally and they just go with the flow. They live happily, even if they encounter difficulties or get in trouble in life, they can relax their minds quickly.”
As a foreign teacher, Xie Zhigong said: "Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine is the cradle for cultivating talents of traditional Chinese medicine, and I am honored to be a teacher at my alma mater.
At Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I can not only convert the knowledge of traditional Chinese medicine I have learned into teaching results, but also pass on the traditional culture of my country to more people.”
During the teaching process, Xie Zhigong was most impressed that every time he taught the basic theory of Chinese traditional medicine to foreigners, he would describe to the students what "qi" is.
Qi is a very important concept in traditional Chinese medicine and one of the important substances that keep the human body running.
He would compare "qi" to electricity in a mobile phone, but this electricity cannot be seen or touched, just like wind, but it does exist and can be inferred and felt through changes in other substances.
"At the beginning, the students may have difficulty understanding, but when they experienced Acupuncture and Tuina, they suddenly realized. They all said that Chinese traditional medicine is like magic." He said with a smile.
Recently, at the Sichuan branch of the World Youth Development Forum, Xie Zhigong said: "As a foreign teacher, I can see that more and more students from underdeveloped areas enter the university through special programs to obtain higher education, improve themselves, and then repay the society. I am very happy."
He said that China has built a large-scale education system. With the development of the Internet, young people here can obtain more and better educational information and resources through the Internet. "As long as you want to study and can study, China will give you the opportunity to realize the Chinese dream.”