Quotes by WZQers

Stephen「一個便民念,和平橋點,涉水渡河六日前, 鄉衆義工齊給力,同心立見。 球賽晚聚多,交流切磋,平靜村莊溫情播, 莫道我似爲人人,感恩是我。」
Mr Stephen Li
Bee「一個項目把我們帶到一起,大家由互不相識到彼此相愛, 更建立像親人一樣的情! 八個月過去,由籌備到施工,我們一起幷肩走過的路幷不容易,全因一份堅定不移的决心及信任,問題也得以迎刃而解!我爲因這份‘情’而産生出的默契感到驕傲!」
Miss Bee Leung, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Xuan「我珍惜此次志願活動的經歷:珍惜工作中的各種鍛煉、珍惜與每位志願者共事的愉快時光、珍惜與村民相處的每一天;我感謝能參與此次志願活動:感謝每一位志願者真心的付出、感謝有機會爲我國偏遠山區的基礎建設盡自己的綿薄之力,感謝有機會去體會一種不是親情勝似親情的溫馨;會銘記此次志願活動的點點滴滴!」
Miss Yang Yuxuan, Sichuan University
Jun「無止橋並不只是一座簡簡單單的人行橋,她結束了和平村幾十年下雨就短路的困擾,更爲大陸和香港的同胞們搭建了一座永無止境的通向自己理想,一座架設在現實與內心埋藏多年的澎湃之間的通道。經過這個活動,我想每個人的內心都不會那麽容易平靜,不只是因爲剛剛完成了一件多有意義的事情,更是因爲在慢慢人生中又找到了自己的價值和熱情。」
Mr Deng Jianjun, Sichuan University
Stephen一座無止橋,誌慶百年趣,清華港大攜手,善舉在山區; 兩地義工四十,千里迢迢仙源,調研經半載,五宵地上睡,齊心建所需。 「愛無止,橋有情」,是夢歌,祖國崛起,奈何貧富差距多; 這裡人均僅仟,還要淌水過河,苦中難作樂;汝我再參詳,和諧靠什麼?
Mr Stephen Li
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA「在從無到有,一點一滴組織建橋活動的過程中,我體會到付出的幸福感,也學會珍惜眼前所擁有的一切。」
Miss Pan Xi, Tsinghua University
Yannis「一座橋,一群義工,一條村莊。編織著一幕幕畢生難忘的故事。一切可能看似平凡,但其背後的確有血有淚。所有看似大學生都要過的生活,我從未參與過,唯有無止橋的種種深深打動我。能夠在大學時期完成了幾座橋,可謂不枉此生!」
Miss Yannis Hui, University of Hong Kong
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA「這道橋,融合清華的「愛國奉獻」及港大的「知識,傳承,服務」,體現全村上下和志願者的情意,跨越波濤洶湧的河水,綻放汗血匯流出的異彩。」
Mr Danny Law, University of Hong Kong
Chingnun「在這次活動中獲得了寶貴的經驗。雖然時間短暫,分配的任務也不是很重,但是讓我真切感到了愛的力量。她讓我們所有人的心維繫到了一起,彼此付出,彼此關懷。從某種意義上說,我們奉獻的力量讓孩子們、村民們感到愛的同時,他們反饋的熱情、感謝的話語、幸福的笑容也讓我有莫大的滿足與感動,我的心在這西南秀美的山川、淳樸的民風里獲得了無比的純淨與平和。」
Mr Chen Zhengneng, Xian University of Architecture and Technology
Kingnan「這次活動讓我感觸最深的就是無止橋團隊們的辛勤勞動的成果所帶來的變化。因爲我們所有人的勞動使我們有緣走到了一起,包括我們志願者與村民們以及志願者之間。讓我們彼此之間相互分享快樂相互瞭解相互成爲難忘的朋友。以前說建築是容納生活的容器,這次我有了真正的感受。這也許也就是無止橋存在的理由:改變人們的生活,讓生活更美好,讓友誼長存。」
Mr Chang Jingnan, Xian University of Architecture and Technology
Stanley"這趟旅程讓我明白香港真是一個福地,生活條件都很好,我會更加珍惜;亦讓我察看世界之大,只要離開香港,踏出這個comfort zone,到處都有需要我們的地方,我們能為社會做的事其實很多。另外,原來生活可以很簡單而快樂。"
Mr Stanley Cheng, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Wei「最大的意義在於爲他人做出了實實在在的奉獻,在他們的生命裏留下了自己的痕迹。還有就在於自身的組織能力、策劃能力、交流能力都得到了很大的提升,社會實踐的閱歷也更加豐富了一個層次。」
Miss Qian Wei, Chongqing Jiaotong University
Chingming「感謝父母給了我們生命,感謝無止橋給了我們汗水,感謝父老鄉親給了我們泪水。」(剪綵儀式上感言)
Mr Cheng Ming, Chongqing Jiaotong University
Pangyu「讓我最爲感慨的是回來之後,一個網名叫“無止橋”的朋友聯繫我。當時以為是基金會的官方QQ,後來發現不是,是當地的一個小男孩。他居然把自己的網名改成了叫“無止橋”,在某一個範圍代表自己的符號。我很難想像這次活動對他來說有怎樣的影響,在他這個年齡接觸到一群充滿活力與理想年輕人,和一種服務和奉獻的思想,是否對他人生觀的形成都產生作用。我們都那樣不經意,却傳播了一種名叫愛的柔軟的東西。對于我們志願者自己,何嘗不也是一種品行的提煉,在用自己的義舉幫助他人的同時,也悄悄的在自己的心中立起了一種德行之碑。“助義立行,播愛無止”。」
Mr Chen Pengyu, Chongqing Jiaotong University
Chai「在甘肅, 最後一天,擠出了一些時間,爬了上山。 山腰整齊的被切開了一層層的梯田。 走進其中一塊梯田, 和坐在田邊的老農夫開始傾起天來, 我問他:「這一條橋真的有用嗎?」 他說,當然有用啦,我們數代人都在等待著單位為我們建橋,等了數代人也沒有。 心裡面會心微笑一陣子......我決定了以後有機會,只要走得動的話,我都會繼續參加無止橋, 走不動的話,也麻煩團友也將我從山邊推去吧。 橋是活著的憑證,我不要活著數十年後,回憶裡空無一物。 再多犧牲也是值得的。」
Mr Chow Ting Kwan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Jayne"Villagers as well as volunteers from both sides of the China border came together to tie up the cages with wires, pass rocks, move rocks, work on the bamboo planks decking on the bridge as well as the railings. I have experienced such tasks for several times already but nonetheless feel happy each time, and never got bored of it, owing to the fact that the people whom I work with is different every time. I find it especially cool when the ‘strong men’ lift the bridge girder and the upper level of the bridge pier. However, what really impressed me in this particular trip was each time when Yang laoshi stood on the bridge to give clear instructions to those lifting the bridge girder, in order for them to place it at the exact position. As an outsider, I really admire how he can just stand on the bridge and measure with such preciseness with the naked eye to either move the girder a few centimetres left or right......Through being involved with Wu Zhi Qiao in the past year, it has changed my life. Most importantly, it taught me principles in life. I have learnt to appreciate what others do and be thankful as to what I have, as well as treat others genuinely......It is with such pleasure and honour to get to know people from Wu Zhi Qiao, or some may call this fate. My ‘family’ has grown now, and I can find friends from several cities in Mainland China. Also, it is great news that quite a few of the volunteers from the project this time are actually post 90s as this echoes the Wu Zhi Qiao spirit: there really are even younger volunteers to be endlessly involved (with Wu Zhi Qiao)."
Miss Jayne So
Stephen甘肅柳灘有條河,村民過渡極坎坷; 兩地義工齊參與,建橋項目意義多。 四天勞動同生活,甜酸苦辣為什麼; 只為略盡公民力,你好我好笑呵呵 !
Mr Stephen Li
Siufaat「這現代化,高科技的城市,對於我來說是給予還是剝削?活在這個環境中是否有另一種貧乏? -這趟旅程提醒了我去思考這個問題。......在未開發的農村裡,人要解決問題就只能靠與生俱來的生活智慧。是低技術高創意的生活。......如果說設計就是解決問題的方法時,那麼這些農村居民比我們這些所謂的設計學生更有創造力。然而令我最感動的,是他們面上那份最真摰的笑容。這讓我們知道,即使他們活在低科技的農村中,心靈卻遠比我們富足。 」
Mr Lo Yun Faat, Hong Kong Community College
Mok「這次義工活動就如一支強心針,令我離開喧嘩的都市,呼吸大自然的空氣。香港的生活節奏實在是快得要命,每天充斥著繁瑣的事,不知不覺地,時間就會流走。在雲南建橋的程中,雖然每天都要進行建橋的工作,生活環境又差,但頭腦卻很清晰,環境清靜得可把時間捉住了,所以我覺得我過了漫長的九天。 」
Mr Mevlin Mokiss, Hong Kong Community College
Johnny「這次建橋活動除了是為體驗、磨練自己意志外,更重要的是這道橋表達了我們的關愛。雖然,當地村民並非如我們想像中的熱情奔放、好客款待,但經過連日來與他們的相處,我們與當地小孩遊山玩水、拍照唱歌。慢慢地,他們亦流露出真摯的一面,為我們送上雞、羊,與我們分享生活之點滴。何生跟我們說:「體力不能留,時間不能留,留下的只有我們的回憶。」可見,我們為當地村民建造了屬於他們的一道橋,更重要是與他們建立了一份情,留下一段珍貴的回憶,讓他們知道,原來在遠方無論是中、港、台,甚至是美國,都有關心他們的人。 希望他們能夠為我們守護著無止橋,讓他們追尋自己的未來。 」
Mr Johnny Chan, Hong Kong Community College
chun「雖然幸福是一種主觀感受,不用來比較,但是,面對這些孩子,卻令我深深觸動。身在香港的我,幸福嗎?想起他們燦爛的笑臉,我知道,我擁有的東西或者他們沒有,但對於他們擁有的,他們懂得珍惜,幸福 — 其實也不過這二字。其中帶給我感受最多的是探訪一戶老人家,甫入門內,便看見幾塊木板歪歪斜斜地堆砌在一起,如此殘舊又簡陋的屋子,無論是人或屋,都好像隨時會被風吹走一樣。人們就是在這樣生活的。屋主是個老婆婆,七十多歲,患有心臟病,她說「有錢的時候便買些藥吃,沒錢就算了吧。」 聽了這番話,心頭不禁酸了起來 — 貧窮,如此真實又鮮明呈現在我眼前。我在心底無聲嘆息,人老了,是不是就看化了?我們又可以做些什麼呢? 來到這裡,在這個地方起橋,我們帶來的,我知道不只是單單的一條橋,而是一點點的改變,還有一種希望,給這裡的人,也給自己。」
Miss Chan Hau Chun, Hong Kong Community College
Dom「在起橋的過程裡, 縱使施工環境日曬雨淋, 盡是勞力和汗水, 但教人明白每座建築物背後的辛勞都不是一朝一夕的事。.......村民樸實的生活,如放牧、耕田、玩樂,那種做每一樣事都貼近生活的本質,沒有額外的虛華浮實,格外迷人。」
Miss Chung Wing Sze, Hong Kong Community College
Ada「雖然建橋過程中我受傷了,回來香港後身體又感覺不適,不過我從來沒有後悔過自己參加了這個活動。因為當中我得到的實在太多了,有來自各地義工和當地小朋友的友誼,以及有苦有樂的無價回憶! 」
Miss Ada Lau, Hong Kong Community College
Lichuan"The Wu Zhi Qiao experience is something a typical university student does not come across. The opportunity to see people living in beautiful places and yet are challenged by harsh conditions is invaluable, let along being able to be part of the solution. The Dees Family Wu Zhi Qiao Bridge in Paomaping is the first to involve students across the globe, and it certainly will not be the last. What moved me most has been to see how dedicated many of the volunteers are to this great cause. To many first time participants, this project is the ignition of a spirit they will carry throughout the rest of their lives – the spirit of benevolence and giving. To veterans of Wu Zhi Qiao, this project is another step in educating and inspiring future leaders who will ensure the continued success of Wu Zhi Qiao in generations to come."
Mr Li Chuan, Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Jayne"It rained almost everyday while we built our bridge. However, this did not affect us. The burning heat, the icy rain, injuries caused by rocks over fingers, skin peeling off from being under the sun for too long, we have tried it all. Yet, my most unforgettable scene was still when we all worked together regardless of identities. This project really transcends nationalities, generations and genders. Numerous volunteers and villagers were lifting rocks, passing rocks and putting rocks into the cage at the same time. It was such a touching scene! Particularly, when it was raining and we were all wearing rain coats, I thought it was very cool. The world seemed to have become a lot smaller all of a sudden because we all had the same goal......A US volunteer from UIUC let me translated his thoughts/reflections which he wanted to share at the bridge opening ceremeony. I reckon he gained a lot from this project. The part which really touched me was along the lines of the following: ‘when the bamboo planks were nicely fitted, and I saw how villagers did not have to wad across the river anymore but walk on the bridge, I could not help but smile. From studying the maps of the bridge site and its surrounding area in a country halfway across the globe last semester to actually coming to the actual site to build the bridge, he felt the distance between Mainland China and the USA suddenly decreased a lot’. Indeed, he built a lot of ‘spiritual bridges’......I have put in a lot (of work) this summer, and gained a lot more. I now finally understand the reason why an experienced volunteer persevered whenever she came across challenges as a student project co-ordinator which she shared with me previously. I am back at home now, back to reality. However, as I look at the albums of other volunteers, I can only see faces with exceptionally big grins, and our bridge and the breath taking view of the village!"
Miss Jayne So
Wen「到了駐地,條件比我想像中的好。這是災後重建的第二年了,這個村子的基本條件已經得到了改善。大家住在室內的地上,鋪席子。老鄉家能洗澡。厠所是改良後的生態厠所。每天有厨師做大鍋菜。每天都有定時定點的體力勞動,雖然日頭强烈,汗流浹背,但是心卻是在休息,在放鬆。而且每搬一塊石頭就有一塊石頭的成就感。一天最幸福的時刻就是放飯,睡午覺,收工,收拾東西去老鄉家洗個澡,到田野和橋上歇著,晚上看星星,和人們聊天,真實的面對面的交流。這簡單的不插電生活,是我在這一周得到的禮物,騰出了很多的時間來面對大山原野河流星空,和本來你應該更親近的人。我沒有刻意把這樣的生活浪漫化,當你體會到不同的生活的時候,你才可能反思你一直持續的生活狀態。......一天晚上終於完工了。來了位吹笛子的老者,村民們圍著他在我們修好的廣場上跳舞。我打小就不怎麽喜歡跳舞這個運動,但我覺得他們都很開心,就上去牽著老婆婆的手,小妹妹的手,跟他們一起跳。跳得我洗的澡算是白洗了。至此我完成了想跟別人一起跳舞的願望。這實在有些美妙,這裏有一種全身心的喜悅。要是哪天我厭倦了想太多說太多的現代文明,我就去,再跳一支舞。 」
Miss Wang Bowen, Sichuan University
Lily「8天的旅程,4天用來乘飛機坐車,另外4天用來搬石頭、鋪地、運沙、插沙、刷油......一個充滿未知與挑戰人體耐力的旅程。......「緣於橋、繫於人、心無限、橋無止」, 我們這群人之所以會走在一起,無它,不過緣於心橋罷了。我總相信冥冥中 自有安排。這些日子我所遇過的人和事,活像一本故事書在我眼前展現, 我甚至成為了書中的角色,一同與他人去反思,去感受。 熱情,一旦燃起了,便會愈燒愈旺。它會像星火燎原一樣,高速擴展開去。」
Miss Lily Chan, The University of Hong Kong
Jayne"Looking over the paved community centre from the place where we mixed concrete and sand, I saw how everyone was working non-stop. Those who were moving rocks moved rocks, those who were filling in the gaps between rocks filled in the gaps, those who were transporting the mixed materials of concrete and sand transported the materials. Villagers and volunteers worked hard together in a tight knit team regardless of identities. These scenarios really appeal to me: everyone having the same goal to work towards, like using different blocks to complete a model, or different pieces to complete a jigsaw puzzle......As time passed, we progressed from being behind schedule to on schedule to well ahead of schedule, which was beyond expectation. Yes it was tiring, we were absolutely exhausted. We were sweating under the scorching sun each day like buckets of water were being poured down our head, which slowly dripped down. However, I was particularly impressed by a few volunteers. On the first day of work, two male volunteers (from Mainland China) caught my attention: skinny, “white” and rather“girly”, presumably they do not normally do strenuous exercises or ‘hard labour’ work. I wanted to fill their buckets full with the mixed materials at the beginning but they said softly: ‘please don’t, I can’t carry that’, and so I listened to them. However, in the next few days, perhaps they developed their mental and physical perseverance, without noticing. The frequency of coming back with empty buckets increased rapidly, and they did not complain anymore. Of course, this applies to other volunteers too. Bee never uttered a word of complaint despite repeating the motion of taking photos all the time. Yannis was ill the whole time but insisted to work. Needless to say, Wanli’s attitude in the whole project is just purely admirable. Some volunteers worked during breaks, some girls even stated ‘more please’(of mixed materials) into their buckets. At that moment, tt was very comforting to witness all this, as if these‘little kids’ have all grown up. We all worked beyond our limits. As such, I am extremely touched by all of what you have achieved......To stand on the second floor of the community centre and to look down at our completely paved community centre, that moment was just spectacular. From the empty (bare) ground to a properly paved one, such was the hard work of sweat and pain from 30 odd volunteers and villagers. I was so proud of and happy for Yannis, her ‘baby’ was finally born! Of course, this is in a much larger scale for Wanli as she designed the whole community centre and my utter respect and admiration for her! When the ground of the community centre was completely paved, the view of the whole centre was just stunning!"
Miss Jayne So, Education and publicity Committee Member, Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation
Mujun"I have a very special feeling tonight. I took a video of this paved community centre from different angles. I was very touched, not (only) because I have seen the completed product, but more importantly, the success of the project was far more than I expected. The 30th August marks the second anniversary of the 6.1 earthquake in Panzhihua. I do not know if you (villagers) remember how it was like then. However in these 23 months, we are almost like a family. We built houses and the community centre together, although perhaps some villagers did not understood the reasons behind our actions/what we do. It then dawned on me, had we not come, what would this village be like now? Volunteers, this is an unforgettable moment. I hope you all remember how you feel now. Whether it is happiness, ecstasy or unwillingness to leave etc. Because in this world, there is only one Ma’an Qiao village, one Ma’an Qiao Village story and one kind of Ma’an Qiao villagers. Just think of how none of you knew who the other volunteers a few days ago, as you came from different universities. It was one project which brought you altogether."
Dr Mu Jun, Project Manager, Wu Zhi Qiao (Bridge to China) Charitable Foundation
Jayne 120"I am pleased to let you know that the 120km (70km Lantau Trail and 50km Hong Kong Trail) challenge was successfully completed on 15-16 May 2010 under 29 hours 52 minutes by 4 (support runners) and myself. Initially, as stated on the sponsorship form, the personal challenge is regarded as my sole personal challenge only and other runners would be support runners only. However, that all changed on the actual challenge date. Including me, there were five runners who ran the full length of 120km, one who did 70km and two who did 50km. We ran as a team-Team Nutter (and lived up to our name!) for the whole time and supported each other the whole way through. I would like to share with you our journey below. We started early at 0515 on 15 May opposite the ferry pier in Mui Wo (the start of the Lantau Trail), when it was still dark and walked the next 2.5 hours in rain and thunderstorm. We ran down the slippery slope in Tai O to be welcomed by our lunch, then continued our hike under the scorching sun in the next few hours. After completing 66km of the Lantau Trail, we managed to stick to our Lantau Trail schedule by running the last 4km to catch the 2230 ferry to Central. It was rather tiring but sweetly satisfying. We resumed our challenge at 0008 on 16 May at the Peak (start of the Hong Kong Trail), missed a turn at Peel Rise, then basically sleep-walked from 0200 until 0500. We even gave up once on our 30 hours target as it almost seemed impossible to finish by then. However, we suddenly woke up after breakfast at Parkview at 0630 and picked up our pace again. Our energy somehow miraculously all came back. This allowed us, the whole team of eight, and perhaps more importantly, all the 120km runners, to complete the last 16km in 2 hours 15 minutes to reach the finish line at 1112 on 16 May. It felt beyond magical crossing the finish line, most of all because the whole Team Nutter crossed it together in high spirits! It was a personal challenge for the whole team, runners and support team members, but arguably especially for all the five full 120k runners as none of us has completed such a long distance challenge officially. I have never come across such a strong and tightly knit team bonded together with such high morale. We sailed through together, ‘not one less’. We were afraid a few hours previously that it would not have been possible to break the 30 hours limit, yet perhaps it was that sheer determination and perseverance that got each and every one of us through. We had an inspirational leader. One of our 120km teammates was injured after 50km already yet his inner strength got the better of him and he continued. We fought through the adverse weather conditions, we fought through exhaustion, we fought through our own vulnerability and just aimed for the finish line (secretly) within the targeted time. Spending 30 hours together with the Team was very special: it reminded me once again of my fond memories in my bridge building projects, because this felt very similar. We all encouraged each other from the start until the end, the end was our ‘bridge’. Throughout the 120km challenge, many spiritual bridges of friendship and care were built, transcending genders and generations. I am out of words to describe how I feel-that hug, that smile, that pat on the arm/shoulder, that hand-squeeze and the few lines from your teammates are perhaps the best encouragement you could ever find! Certainly, the (nutty) support team in preparing our meals and supplement must not be forgotten. They were so perfect, which undoubtedly helped us immensely to get through the gruelling 120km. Without them, it would clearly not have been possible! The whole challenge has been tough at times, but it has been an amazing ride. This challenge, however, compared to the villagers who have to walk endless miles each day to only get out of their villages, is nothing. I will definitely miss the challenge now but when I look back, that indescribable feeling of ‘victory’ will always have a significant place in my memory. If you would like to know more about my challenge, please visit my facebook group at the link below: http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=396401397565#!/ group.php?gid=110275722328301&ref=ts So, once again I would like to express my sincere appreciation for all donors' generous support. The donations have made a profound difference to the villagers in remote villages in rural China. Please help spread the word to your friends and relatives to sponsor us in such a worthy cause if they are interested, it will be well worth it!"
Miss Jayne So
Jayne"Perhaps what struck me the most was the villagers. The village representative’s speech highlighted how much the bridge meant to them, particularly after the 6.1 degree earthquake. Through visiting their houses, I realised the significance of the Village Rebuild Demonstration Project, where villagers were rebuilding houses at a wide range of prices and sizes. Their friendliness affected me. I would have never expected dancing with villagers with their traditional music and steps around a campfire could feel so refreshing. Indeed, happiness and music can break language and cultural barriers. Or the children’s pure innocence: I have possibly heard from time to time how “kids from villages” always have the most genuine personalities. However, it did not hit me until I have physically experienced it. It almost felt surreal when a bunch of children swarmed up to me trying to take my camera to take pictures with them, or told me “your hair is very pretty”. It then dawned on me: are “children from the city” actually equally, if not more, happy? To what extent does materialism play a part as the source of joy or to satisfy one’s need? How does one actually measure “happiness”? The primary school student’s representative from the village said “we are poor but we are happy” at the closing ceremony-perhaps this overtly indicates the tranquil country life, coupled with the basic values of love, warmth, care, may beat the hustle bustle of a day’s life in a city?"
Miss Jayne So, WZQ Volunteer
Ho"In that village far away, in the green grassland, we built a bridge with the villagers. When we worked hand-in-hand, I realised how simple the relationship between us was. It was as if there would be no conflict in the little village......I truly found happiness there. Helping people is very fulfilling because you do not calculate how much you give."
Mr Lui Kwan Ho, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Ming"I was overwhelmed by the Wu Zhi Qiao in this 8-day trip. It improved the village's living environment. It connected us. It founded our friendships. It aroused our sense of unity. It gave the volunteers precious memories. I find the trip unforgettable and this is the best reward for me."
Mr Lam Wai Ming, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Matthew"Everyone did their best to build the bridge to help the people. All of us were very responsible and never complained. It is such a wonderful thing that even though we had a different background, we still managed to cooperate smoothly with each other. I gave all I had to help to improve the environment in the village because the hospitality of the villagers motivated me to keep working. This very joyous trip was totally worth it."
Mr Matthew Lee, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Eli"When the nuts and bolts were done, I looked up to the hill where our camera man recorded the building process everyday. I wondered what we looked like from a bird-eye’s view – perhaps a colony of ants tottering with food twice our size? Ants are incredible. They can carry objects that outweigh them. As far as ants are concerned, however, the human fascination for their hard work is mostly just the romanticisation of a banal routine that sustains their life......The term wu-zhi translates as infinite connectivity. It refers to building physical as well as emotional connections between people. Now that I have taken part in building a Wuzhiqiao, I realize there is more to the sense of boundlessness in the concept of wu-zhi: the bridge provides for the opportunity to conduct daily tasks without the threat of floods. It is a means to sustain life."
Miss Elizabeth Fung, Durham University
Au"The troubled water rushed past, but fate will not stumble. We journeyed to Xi’an, reaching Taibai at the end of the rumble. The rain and wind depressed us, but we built the bridge. The hefty wheels rolled, the yonder shore reached. Devoted, through difficulties we plowed our way. After six days of toils quietly the new bridge laid. The inhabitants rejoiced, the volunteers rewarded. Taibai is forever gone, but our fellowship forever warded."
Poem from Mr Au Siu Kei, New World Development Co Ltd
Jayne"However, I have gained much more than I could have asked for over the nine days and thankfully my worries have somehow disappeared in one way or another. A lot of encounters were new, yet very exciting at the same time! As a whole team of volunteers, we all had different backgrounds, but shared the common goal of helping the villagers to build a bridge......Ultimately, a bridge too far/ “Wuzhiqiao” symbolises ‘endless’ education for the children in the village. That, however, would apply to me too. There is just so much more to learn in life!"
Miss Jayne So, University College London
Cindy"Living the simple life for a week had been extraordinary, and I felt very empty as I crossed the bridge for the last time on Saturday. As I stood on the other end – my feet dry – I looked back at the bridge, and eventually raised my gaze to our workplace that spread across the piece of rough muddy land that had once been full of the concrete wheels now sturdily lying on the riverbed. I knew I would not be back again – the village was way too remote. But I sought consolation in the fact that though I was leaving the bridge behind, I was taking so much more back to the city life with me. I have met amazing friends across Mainland China and Hong Kong, I have eaten very simple but wonderful food (with no MSG!), I have gotten to play with the kids in the village every day, and I have delightfully discovered that I am stronger than I thought. In more ways than one, tangible or not, I have taken the Wu Zhi Qiao back with me."
Miss Cindy Fung, United World College of the Adriatic, Italy
Carol"I am so proud of myself, right from making the gabions on rain-soaked mud, to moving stones and later tying straws, drilling, putting the poles in place and painting. I have witnessed, if not taken part in, each step. This bridge is the milestone of my career, and I will never forget the pride and excitement that struck me when I saw people walking on that bridge! I guess this is something truly unforgettable… "
Miss Carol Zhao, The University of Hong Kong
Iris"I am now looking forward to similar opportunities in the future as taking part in this Wu Zhi Qiao volunteering trip gave me an experience that I can get from nowhere else – touching the others’ hearts and being touched, changed in order to make changes."
Miss Iris Tsang, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Majie"To work with the intellectual, to achieve the meaningful."
Mr Majie, Chongqing University
Hoi Ching"We received neither wages nor any sort of fanciful compliments, but what we have gained was something so special that could never be substituted. The cordial reception and the hospitable attitude from the locals, the anticipating minds and the merry laughter from the children, the simple friendship between the volunteers and the villagers, each starry night and happy gathering, the festive barbecue after the work and the talent show, the reluctance and the mingled joy and sadness upon departure, each such detail was deeply planted in the hearts of everyone of us, and they flow like a river of golden memories. We might never see one another again, but this Wu Zhi Qiao will always keep our hearts together."
Miss Tam Hoi Ching, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Wing Yee"On reaching home after the eight-day Wu Zhi Qiao trip, the first feeling that struck me was, somehow unexpectedly, that “home is too far away”. The urge to return to Sichuan, and to be reunited with my teammates can only be relieved upon setting off for another such trip. Wu Zhi Qiao, I miss you so much!"
Miss Liu Wing Yee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Grace"During the course of the construction we have enjoyed good companionship and have achieved remarkable cultural exchanges, through working and playing together. I have spotted and developed a better understanding of the cultural difference between students from the Mainland and those from Hong Kong; since then we have become good friends. This experience will be the starting point of my participating in volunteer work, and I hope as I acquire more professional knowledge, my contribution to society will also increase."
Miss Grace Kwong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Daniel"The entire journey has been a joy, at the end of which we, who come from different universities, all became really close friends. This valuable experience has really widened my perspective; it makes me look further, makes me see the waving hands of those in need. I hope I can participate again, and build another, and another bridge of my life!"
Mr Daniel Ho, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Heidi"This trip to Malie Village in Sichuan has greatly benefited me with many blissful memories and a great experience. I am so glad to have met such brothers and sisters who are so committed to their homeland, and to have served, no matter how trivially, my country. Throughout the construction of the bridge, I was so touched to realise that this world was very much filled with love. I hope more Wu Zhi Qiao bridges will be built in the future, and we will once again receive the gratification of giving."
Miss Heidi Chan, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Chun Yu"The bridge was finally completed after days of hard work. During the opening ceremony, when I saw villagers using the bridge which we raised with our bare hands, the satisfaction was overwhelming. I am also glad that this holiday has been well spent, as I have accomplished a meaningful deed, and fulfilled my need."
Mr Chan Chun Yu, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Villager1

The bridge bears love and message.

The love is as deep as the sea.

Those who gave their love had left their shadows.

For a ride of a thousand miles.

Poem from Datan villager, Mr Mao
Villager5"It has been days since we said goodbye to each other on the bridge and in the village. We miss you so much. I watched your departure and tears started falling out of my eyes. There was pain in our hearts. The kids cried. The villagers were really grateful for what you did. I could not express my feelings in words. Let me and all the villagers in Datan wish you, your family and your friends all the best in the name of Islam."
SMS from Datan villager
Villager2"You are like a candle who gives all its light and warmth to the students. You are like a fire who lights up the heart of the students. You are like a stone step who allows the next generation to climb up. Your good character and spirit enlighten the lives of others. Your generosity is as wide and high as the sky. Your love is as heavy as the mountain. We will always remember you and your students. With my sincere blessings, all the best!"
SMS from Datan villager
Villager3"This bridge is actually a bridge of friendship that links up the hearts of the people in Hong Kong and the Mainland. Our cooperation was successful and gratifying. Your smile, your passion and your high quality really impressed us."
Mr Li, Head of Datan Village
YanHe told a village kid that "From now on, I am your relative in Hong Kong and you are my relatives in Datan Village."
Mr Yip, Project and Resources Committee member
Villager4「"The bridge you built in the midst of rain, wind and mud was a bridge of friendship, which realized our dream for years. We are moved by your contribution."
Mr Tuo, Datan villager
Villager6"You use your determination, love and action to build a bridge of culture, a bridge of health, a bridge of life and a bridge of ‘stars and moon’ for the villagers of the Da Tan Village. I hope our kids can in turn reach the stars in the world of knowledge by using this bridge of ‘stars and moon’. I hope they can use the light of the stars to brighten up the new face of this poor village."
Mr He, Head of Datan Village
Michael"We treasure that we have a chance to work for this project, to serve the children and the village in Mainland China."
Mr Michael Chan, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Christy"After this year’s cooperation and work, I can really feel what that kind of love is and I can understand what ‘family members’ as mentioned by Mujun really means. Whether we are from Hong Kong or Xi’an, we are like family members. I will love this big family. All the memories of building the bridge together will stay in my heart. I’m looking forward to our next family gathering."
Miss Christy Lam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Yanglu"Like what ‘Qiao Yi’ means, the process of building a bridge was a very invaluable memory for all of us. It was also a very invaluable experience for Wu Zhi Qiao."
Mr Yanglu, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Kwan"There were lots of tears and sweat during the time of building the bridge. However, we have gained a lot more than what we have sacrificed because we are working together!"
Miss Li, Xi'an Jiaotong University
Ho"This project was another very important contribution, indeed another very beautiful and touching one of the Wu Zhi Qiao Charitable Foundation. We are like the members of an orchestra with every one playing his/her part well and working hard for the needy, creating beautiful pieces of work. I believe our team will create more great work under the direction of Sir David and Professor Ng’s Work hard!"
Mr Ho, Project and Resources Committee member
Sir"We are building two kinds of bridges: one is a real bridge, while the other is a bridge of mind and spirit cementing peoples together. The latter is more important."
Sir David Akers-Jones
Edward"Managing the river has been a problem since ancient China. Not a single person could solve it. However, if each one of us does not contribute our share, it could never be managed."
Professor Edward Ng
Old"With this bridge, I can finally cross the river and reunite with my long-lost friend!"
A white-haired elderly, Maosi Village
Villager1"We don't have any knowledge or techniques, but I am sure we could show our passionate thankfulness by laying a few pieces of stones."
Mr Shi Yanqi, Maosi Village
Kid"Uncles and aunts from Hong Kong are most admirable. They worked ceaselessly to build the bridge for us. We are really happy that we don't need to take off our shoes and roll our trousers when we go to school."
A kid, Mao Zhilong, Maosi Village
Sir"There is much more to building a bridge than the completion of the structure. No matter how small or wide the water which has been crossed, or a gap which has been closed, there is always a lasting of surprise and delight at having removed a barrier separating places or people from one another. So it is with Wu Zhi Qiao! Our aim is to reach out to people living in remote places, to build the bridges they need, and to build bridges of the mind and spirit cementing peoples together."
Sir David Akers-Jones, Chairman
Leonie"The teachers and the students showed their love, care, determination and the spirit of helping each other. Their work enhanced mutual understanding between Hong Kong and the Mainland China. And it also let the blessed Hong Kong students experienced poor village lives by themselves. Working there was like learning a lesson: there is no border in learning, there is also no border in love and care."
Miss Leonie Ki, Honorary Secretary
Zhao Hui"Wu Zhi Qiao unites people in Hong Kong with villagers in China. It aims also to create a harmonious condition between human habitat and the natural environment. We believe that it is making real contributions to education and the environment; and it also coincides with the Chinese government’s plans for the villages."
Dr Zhao Hui, Chief Economist of Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, P.R.C.
Adrian"The project of Wu Zhi Qiao has improved livelihood of the poor from remote rural areas and enhanced the connection of the youth from Hong Kong and Mainland China. What is more, it has made us treasure what we have."
Mr Adrian Cheng, Chairperson, Fundraising Committee
Wang Yan Lung"Wu Zhi Qiao is a bridge which sets up hope and which leads to dreams. … Wu Zhi Qiao is a bridge which shows “Unity is strength”… Wu Zhi Qiao is also a bridge which extends love and care."
The Honourable Wong Yan Lung, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice of the HKSAR
Li Bingdi"Wu Zhi Qiao’s project is not huge in its size but it is a very meaningful project. It is a very pragmatic project which realizes our country’s long term strategic development. And it is also a very welcomed charity work. "
Mr Li Bingdi, Director of the Department of Village and Township Construction, Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, P.R.C.