She was just a primary school teacher, and she had retired
for decades, and even many of her students have retired from
work. Yet when she passed away at the age of 92 in early
May, the news promoted outpouring of grief among many Chinese
people. True, she was an excellent teacher, but there were
and are tens of thousands of excellent teachers in China,
why is she the one of few cherished so dearly by so many,
with her name certainly going down history as a noteworthy
figure in China's 20th and 21st century?
Here is the reason: she was the teacher
of Bo Xilai, the antagonist to the Western powers,
especially the Wall Street and Washington, and the challenger
of China's treacherous interest groups, former Premier
Wen Jiabao and current Premier Li Keqiang in particular.
In fact, she was more than just being Bo Xilai's teacher.
Since the boy's mother was pushed off a running train in
the early chaotic years of the Culture Revolution by a violent
organisation called the East
Is Red of which Wen Jiabao was an active member, she
became her student's surrogate mother and spiritual mentor
for the rest of her life.
After Bo Xilai's wife Gu
Kailai was detained on a framed murder charge of a
British citizen and Bo Xilai himself was placed under house
arrest, at a formidable age of 91, Guan Minqing (关敏卿)
went to his home to give him some much needed support and
And that was their last meeting.
The event of the past year clearly took a heavy tool on
her health. She wasn't able to wait to see his most proud
student walking out of his prison, and died as a concerned
teacher and an anxious mother. But one thing is certain:
her name will be favourably linked with a national hero,
The following are what some Chinese said about Bo Xilai
and his teacher immediately after they learned the news of
you Madam Guan, for being the mentor to a national
leader who put
the life of his own and his family on the line
in his pursuit of common prosperity for Chinese
I never met you in person, but I'm deeply touched
by your story ... I forward my sincere condolence.
who have a chance to attend her funeral, please help
us say goodbye to her.
for her soul in her journey after this life. We'll
still be your students in our next life.
light a candle for her.
her contribution in helping bringing up a national
hero, she will be remembered forever.
is not the end. Once Bo Xilai is cleared of the false
charges and return to his rightful position, the
nation will have a celebration and his teacher will
be informed of the good news wherever she might be.
you for offering a wonderful mentorship to a man
who becomes a true Communist.
of Chongqing thank Teacher Guan for looking after
Bo Xilai for so long. We miss him.
Guan, I'll see you off for my hero Bo Xilai.
Teacher Guan live a bit longer if Bo Xilai were not
framed up? He visited his teacher every year before
he lost his freedom.
great student from a great teacher.
remember the contribution that Mr Bo Xilai made
to our Dalian, I named my son after him. I hope
my son will become a man just like Bo Xilai whose
broad heart is connected to the entire nation not
just himself and his family.
never thought I would witness a sinister plot against
a national hero, tales like this we normally only
learn from history books.
now on my China Dream is to become a teacher
just like Madam Guan, and help my students become
someone just like Bo Xilai.
Guan, your best student hasn't disappointed you and
his people. He is like a white lily standing in a
Guan, we promise we'll carry out the task that
you haven't got time to accomplish.
regret that she hasn't got a chance to see the
day when he is freed from prison and restored to
his position, and how sad that he isn't able to
say goodbye to her at her funeral.
I admire Bo Xilai, who makes all people around
proud of him ... some opportunities may never reoccur
again .... Bo Xilai is a gift sent to China by history
.... Teacher Guan, please protect him from the other
A number of wreathes at the funeral were presented by people
from Chongqing, Beijing and other parts of China who knew
about her after her link to Bo Xilai was revealed last year.
Four men, among many, who were total strangers to Madam
Guan, bowed to her portrait at the funeral as a way to thank
her for looking after Bo Xilai like a mother would do to
Bo Xilai's classmates at their teacher's