“Liujiaping Bai Ethnic Township, in Sangzhi County, Zhangjiajie City, is a red land, where the second front army of Chinese Workers’ and Peasants’ Red Army started its long march. On November 19, 1935, 17,000 Chinese people started the Long March from this village and embarked on their revolutionary journey. The memorial marking the departure of the Long March by the second front army of the Red Army presents the outstanding merits of the second front army of the Red Army, which is also a provincial demonstration base for patriotism education and a provincial demonstration base for national defense education.” This is how Gu Xiuqin, deputy head of the memorial, describes this land.
On the first day when Gu became a narrator, she made the decision to devote herself to her work. Once, after guiding a tour group into the last exhibition hall, she found there was a young man, who was in his thirties, wearing a navy blue leisure suit and a pair of glasses. He listened to her with rapt attention, made eye contact with her through nodding and even shed tears when he heard that He Long, a marshal of new China, died uncleared of a false charge.
When she said thanks and goodbye to all the visitors, the young man walked over and asked, “Could you tell the stories of the first few exhibition halls for me?”
“I felt that this man knew a lot about red culture and had a deep feeling for He Long. I had no reason to refuse him, when looking at his desired eyes,” Gu said.
Therefore, Gu started from the first exhibition hall again, but explained in a quite different way, which was more like a talk. This time, she added more details, which took them almost two hours, but finally she felt fulfilled without any fatigue.
More than 20 days later, Gu received an email of thanks from the young man, saying, “I was greatly inspired by the great heroic deeds and noble qualities of He Long as well as your enthusiastic guide service.”
This is just one of the examples. Gu has received more than 600,000 visitors with her service time exceeding 9,820 hours.
Besides, she has provided over 10,000 times of reception and guide service for 9,000 government agencies and public institutions holding Party day theme activities from Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan and Guizhou provinces.
Over the past decade, Gu has conscientiously studied relevant books such as He Long, The History of the Second Front Army of the Red Army and The Civilized Etiquette, so as to provide better services for tourists.
In addition, she has also participated in a variety of explaining and speech contests, in which she won some prizes. Meanwhile, she has written some academic papers about the guide service. Besides, her several theme speeches have been listed as provincial excellent courses on Party spirit education. She has also won the titles including “Young Tourist Talent” of Zhangjiajie, outstanding Party member, etc.
After ten years’ persistence and devotion, Gu becomes the deputy director of the memorial marking the departure of the Long March by the second front army of the Red Army.
“Although my title has changed, my responsibility remains the same. Telling and spreading the revolutionary martyrs’ stories requires efforts of more people than a single person,” Gu said.
As a staff of the memorial hall, Gu has designed innovative Party courses for different groups who come for Party learning and education activities here. Since March, she has given a special Party lecture of “listening to the red stories and learning the revolutionary history” for the Party members of more than 50 government agencies from Hunan, Hubei, Sichuan and Guizhou, which gained great popularity.