|<< BIOGRAPHY << XU ZHIMO|
Zhimo was born in a town called Xiashi in Sichuan province on
January 15th, 1895. At that time, China was experiencing economic
slowdown. The lives of the Chinese people were very hard. Zhimo was
born in a well off family where life was better off. Zhimo's
mother, Mrs Qian, liked Zhimo very much.
Zhimo was very clever as a young boy. Many people liked Zhimo, especially his grandmother, who always told him stories. Zhimo's father hoped Zhimo would become a businessman when he grew up so that he would have a fortune. However, Zhimo aspired to be the Hamilton in China, to save all the poor people in China.
Zhimo started to study at a tender age of five. He was very bright and had good understanding ability that his teacher praised him as the cleverest beginner in the world. In old China, people preferred those children that were quiet and polite. However, Zhimo was a very naughty boy who always asked questions, so he was often scolded by his father for being disobedient.
Zhimo liked nature ever since he was born. He often went to forest alone to explore the mysteries of the nature. He loved life and regarded it as art.
In 1907, Zhimo, who was twelve at that time, went to Kaizhi School to continue his study. He was very clever and excelled in every subject. His essay was excellent and often praised by his teachers. He studied there for two years and went to Hanzhou Secondary School in 1909.
In Hanzhou Secondary School, Zhimo gradually widened his communication circle and acquainted many more friends including Yu Dafu who later became a famous Chinese writer. In Hanzhou Secondary School, the most excellent student would be the level monitor. Zhimo was elected as the level monitor for six years. Zhimo wished to fly. He once said, "the greatest mission for all human beings is to invent wings". In 1915, Zhimo graduated from Hanzhou Secondary School.
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