George, a China’s German son-in-law: Our children’s native language is Chinese

At 7 o’clock in the morning, driving from home in Changping (a surburb area in Beijing) to the downtown, George first sends his children to the nursery school, then his wife to work and finally reaches his company near Jiuxianqiao and begins a busy day of work. After work, he goes to pick his children together with his wife and then drives 65 kms back to their home in the suburb. It is already 8 o’clock in the evening. It seems George Hoffman’s life has no much difference with many other office workers in Beijing.

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

Ten years ago, as luck would have it, George got a job in China branch of one German health and rehabilitation enterprise. So he came to Beijing from Germany, while his brother was also working there. Under his brother’s guidance, George has adapted to Chinese lifestyle quickly.

Even so, George came across a big problem that is the Chinese language. He spent two whole years on learning Chinese, in order to cope with his living in Beijing, but he can’t read and write Chinese texts. His Chinese wife becomes his “interpreter” when he sees any Chinese characters. Talking about his wife and family, George shows a speech full of happiness. He told, “At the beginning she helped me a lot, such as booking tickets for me etc. So I invited her for dinner to say thank you. Later we slowly get to know each other.” Four years later, they got married. Now George has a pair of lovely children. Like many parents, he sets his children’s pictures as WeChat avatar.

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

George is on business trip during his most working time. As technical director in China and Philippines branch, he is not only in charge of product designing, also travels frequently to other areas to conduct technician training and assists patients in rehabilitation training.

In spite of the busy work, George tries to spare some time to play with his children. They together set up the toy train track, play puzzles and games. Many of George’s leisure-time activities are carried out with children. He and his wife take them to the parks, to do swimming, horse riding, to watch the shadow plays and to listen to music. “Now the children’s native language is Chinese, and they also speak German and English. I hope they can lay a firm foundation in Chinese reading and writing in the future.”, said Geroge.

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

Two years ago, George and his wife moved from downtown to the mountain area in Changping. Although it takes a lot of time to work every day, they enjoy very much the fresh air there.

When it comes to their “large wooden house”, George said with a look of pride, “The house is our own design. No matter where we move to we will not sell it. Even though we will not live in Beijing later, I hope there is a home every time we come back.”

George, a China’s German son-in-law: Now, our children’s native language is Chinese

Having been to Beijing for ten years, George is delighted and worried when talking about the changes of this city. “The construction speed in Beijing is really fast, and Beijing is getting more and more clean and organized. There are more and more places for shopping. At the same time, some traditional elements are vanishing due to the lack of protection, but now it is gradually recovering, that is a good part. There are lots of traditional things in Germany, such as some music which have been spread for more than three hundred years, and we still love it very much. People should learn the value of their own traditions and cherish them.”

Chinese swimmers’ romantic moment in 2016 Rio Olympic Games

On August 15 (Beijing Time), Chinese swimmer Tingmao Shi won the Women’s 3-meter Springboard Competition with a score of 406.05 points, gaining for Chinese team the eighth champions in this event. Chinese swimmer Zi He picked a silver medal in her second participation to the Olympic Games.

Chinese swimmers' romantic moment in Rio 2016 Olympic Games

After the award ceremony, Chinese famous male diver Kai Qin, in love with the silver medalist Zi He for six years, appeared with gifts at the site, in front of the spectator, kneed down with the ring and proposed formally to Zi He.

Chinese swimmers' romantic moment in Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Kai Qin kept speaking to Zi He. It was a pity that there was no microphone at the scene. Only Zi He heard what he said.

Zi He shed tears and accepted Kai Qin’s proposal, who then put the ring on her hand. The whole spectator and opponents hailed for the pair of lovers with cheers and blessing.

Chinese swimmers' romantic moment in Rio 2016 Olympic Games

The opponents hugged Zi He one by another and had yet looked at her engagement ring. CCTV’s commentator Mengmeng Zhang and the guest athlete Na Li were choked by sobbing and could not say anything more.

Chinese swimmers' romantic moment in Rio 2016 Olympic Games

At London Olympic Games of four years ago, when Kai Qin didn’t obtain good scores, Zi He sent him a big hug to warm up his disappointment. Four years later, Kai Qin paid back his girlfriend with a wholehearted wedding proposal.

Zi He told the reporter later in an interview that she hopes Kai Qin can make her happy for life!

Chinese swimmers' romantic moment in Rio 2016 Olympic Games