For bicycles, I even suffered in the Political Activities. In 1958, they made a poster of me with half my mind focused on teaching and the other half thinking about bicycles.
Although Wang Mingxi suffered a great deal for his bicycles, he never gave up his hobby and continued collecting bicycles. Among all his bicycles, Mr. Wang Mingxi is most proud of a Benjamin bicycle that was produced nearly 100 years ago. It is Mr. Wang's most valuable and prized bicycle. This kind of bicycle is extremely rare today and worth a great deal to collectors. At one point an English gentleman came to Mr. Wang twice asking to purchase the bicycle, he even offered to trade a car worth of 2 million Yuan for the Benjamin bicycle. However, Mr. Wang Mingxi declined his offer.
Wang Mingxi said I can't sell this bicycle because it is a part of the bicycle culture's development in China and should be used to remind people of this history. So, I'll never sell it no matter how much they offer me.
Due to lacking of funding, Mr. Wang maintains his bicycle exhibition hall in an underdeveloped suburb of Beijing. For this 70 year old man, his bicycles are his spiritual support and the only worldly possession that he truly cares about.
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