Ping Anping, Briton, graduated from Queens' College of the Cambridge University, is now a doctor of the United Family Healthcare Beijing. [Photo provided to Qianlong]
One summer afternoon, Pei Anping went on foot as usual under strong sunlight from where he works to the place ten-plus minutes away to train doctors at the Center for Family Medicine and Integrative Health Care of the United Family Healthcare.
Pei Anping, Briton, is now a general practitioner member of Royal College of Physicians. In 2000, he and his family moved to Beijing. His wife works at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and he becomes a doctor of the United Family Healthcare Beijing.
In the 17 years of life in Beijing, walk and public bus are his favorite means of transport. “first, they are safe, second, they are environment friendly plus they save me the troubles of parking and buying insurance,” Pei Anping said, he also found out some tricks, “I won’t choose to get on a bus at the doorstep, but walk to another bus stop around the Fourth Ring Road, I get off the bus some distance ahead and walk to the hospital for both saving time and avoiding the crowded carriage.”
For these years, he leads a life of almost three points and one line: home in Beijing, hospital, home in UK. Even though, “I ever had an illusion that it was out of China as soon as I arrived at the hospital, because, it was an international environment where colleagues and patients were all foreigners. But now it is not of much difference, my Chinese colleagues are increasing, and 70 percent of patients are Chinese too, in addition, it is full of high-rise buildings out there of the hospital and internationalized department stores, ”Pei Anping said.
He takes most responsibility of taking care of their children because his wife is too busy with her work. His love to his children makes him have an extra favor about China. “Chinese pose great attention on children, they are very nice to them. My neighbors often remind us of putting on more cloth for the children. The oldest child of mine often leaves behind his cellphone, when he looks for help to people around for something emergent, they all help him with pleasure,” Pei Anping said, “The children are very safe living here, and that makes us at ease.”
Enrolled in China’s local kindergarten and primary school since childhood, the two children of Pei speaks fluent Chinese, they even make grammar mistakes that a Chinese often makes when they speak English. During 2008 Beijing Olympics, the two children took Chinese national flag to the Bird Nest when they watched a match, shouting: “China Jiayou, China Jiayou!”
Even Pei Anping himself becomes more “Chinese”.
“About five to six years ago, I went back to UK to apply for a fix-line telephone, but I was told by the staff it could be arranged as early as three week after! Back into China, we needed to install broadband, out of my expectation, it only took 40 minutes before a worker dropped in,” Pei Anping said, in UK, most things have to be planned one to two months in advance, even for visiting a friend.
Once, Pei’s family planned to go back to visit friends and relatives in UK, before they set off he asked his friend when he was free, his friend thought for a moment and said, “About next month.” Pei Anping felt awkward: “Later, we switched to “Chinese” way, asked my friend directly after we went back, ‘Are you free this evening? We will visit you and bring something for a meal. ’”
Getting used to the rhythm, work, delicacies in China, Pei Anping said it makes him feel cozy here.