In November 2017 a new exhibition room commemorating Kathleen Hall was opened in Baoding City Centre. Honorary NZCFS member Ma Baoru encouraged this initiative, and got strong support from National People’s Congress Director Ma Yufeng. The room contains pictures of Kathleen at different stages of her life, and also includes pictures of Rewi Alley and Tom Newnham, and recent visitors to Baoding from Kathleen’s family and NZCFS.
For the opening ceremony, a letter of congratulations was sent. In it, I stated: “I heartily congratulate Baoding City, and in particular National People’s Congress director Ma Yufeng for the vision and commitment in bringing this worthy project to fruition. Kathleen Hall will live forever in the hearts of future generations, and the spirit of Kathleen Hall will continue to play an important role in the friendly relations between the people of our two nations.”
In early April, I had the chance to visit this centre with Ma Baoru and took some photos.