It was in 2005 when the 23-year-old college student, Hong Zhanhui, was honored during China Central Television's annual Touching China awards as his story about raising an abandoned child for 11 years had moved millions of Chinese people.
When Hong Zhanhui was 12 years old, his father was seriously ill and his mother ran away from home. He had to support the family by taking part-time jobs and brought up the young child by himself.
Upon graduation, Hong Zhanhui has been committed himself to education. When the solicitation for songs for the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games was launched, he was so interested in and decided to use music to tell the story about "youth" and "struggles" to encourage students around the world.
As for the inspiration for the song, Hong Zhanhui kept talking about "young students". "I hope that students could understand the meaning of love and tolerance in this international platform. I wish that singing songs could hearten students and help them understand: when you are grown up and need to take responsibilities, keep in mind that adequate knowledge is not enough, and it is crucial to stay healthy both physically and mentally," said him.
Arranger Wang Haoyuan
As the co-creators of the solicited song, Wang Haoyuan composed the music and Liu Shengsong was responsible for the lyrics. All of the three think that the Chengdu 2021 FISU WUG provides a platform for young players from all over the world to make friends and compete with each other. They hope that the spirit of the Universiade can be expressed through music.
Recalling his early experience in Chengdu, Hong Zhanhui said what impressed most him is the city's diversity and inclusiveness, which also inspired him for the song's creation.
Hong Zhanhui (left) and Liu Shengsong (right)