Updated: Dec 13, 2019
At the Backs of King’s College there is a memorial stone in white marble commemorating a former student of the College and renowned Chinese poet Xu Zhimo. Moving to the UK in 1921, Zhimo spent a year studying at King’s, where he fell in love with the romantic poetry of English poets but also with Cambridge itself. His poem translated as Second Farewell to Cambridge, is perhaps his most famous poem, and every year thousands of visitors flock to see the stone and experience the Cambridge he loved so much. The poem paints an idyllic portrait of King’s and the River Cam, and serves as a reminder of Xu Zhimo's love of Cambridge. To celebrate Xu Zhimo and his life in Cambridge we have produced a number of full colour bone china Xu Zhimo mugs. Available to order now.