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Meicheng fish head
Every six into one
Zunyi sour soup fish
Yishan tofu dumpling
Chanyuan tofu soup
Su’s mixed coarse cereals
In November, 1937, on the way of the Westward Move, ZJUers arrived at Meicheng, Jiande. Meicheng, located at the meet of Fuchun River, Xin’an River, and Lanjiang River, is where the government office of Jiande County, Yanzhou Prefecture, lies. It is famous for freshwater fish, bighead in particular. Bighead there, boasting a large head and delicious taste, took the fancy of Zhejiang University teachers and students.
When Zhejiang University settled in Zunyi and Meitan, ZJUers led an extremely strenuous life. Mildewed tofu is the specialty there, and it became the dish of ZJUers. The ZJU students and teachers had a convention---only having eaten 6 mouthful of rice can one dig in a little mildewed tofu. And they called this convention as “every six into one”.
In January, 1940, on the way of the Westward Move, ZJUers arrived at Zunyi, Guizhou. At that time, Zhejiang University owned faculty of arts, faculty of engineering and arts of normal college. During the seven years in Zunyi, Zhejiang University achieved significant development. Sour soup fish is a famous dish of Zunyi.
In September, 1938, t Yishan, Guangxi. In February, 1939, the school building was ruined by Japanese fighter plane. Feng Zikai, the artist taught the fine arts, was living in Longgang Garden there, and was fond of Yishan tofu dumpling. Once he mistook tofukasu for tofu dumpling and bought it home. ZJUers conducted this affair for laughingstock for a time.
In September, 1937, on the way of the Westward Move, ZJUers arrived at West Tianmu, Lin’an, and contemporarily lived and studied in Chanyuan Temple with the monks. At that time, bean products were the most common food. Moreover, it was at that period and that place that China’s first tutorial system was established and practiced.
Su Buqing, born in Pingyang, Zhejiang, is a famed mathematician. In 1940, Zhejiang University moved westward to Meitan, Guizhou, where the teachers and students led an extremely hard life. Though Su Buqing was employed as a professor, he often ate coarse cereals. Strenuous life did not prevent Su from pursuing the truth of science. Encouraged by the spirit of “seeking the truth”, his achievement on differential geometry won worldwide attention.
Here is a poem describing Su’s life at Meitan. Half an acre field he reclaimed in the south, is where the Su’s provisions lies. Twisting canal dredges rain water away, dense fence separates chickens and pigs. Who can guarantee the harvest? Just plough and weed diligent. The life’s better than a hermit’s, he shoulders the moon after the night falls.