General Weng Zhaoyuan, named Jin, with a courtesy name Huiteng, was born in today’s Kuitan Town of Huilai.
In 1926 (15th year of the RoC), he went to study Cavalry at Imperial Japanese Army Academy. In 1929, he furthered his studies at the French Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace. In 1931, he returned to China and served as the Brigadier of the 156th Brigade of the 78th Division of the 19th Route Army, the garrison that stationed in Shanghai.
On January 28, 1932, when the Japanese invaders attacked Zhabei, the general led his brigade to confront the enemy and fired the “The first shot” of Anti-Japanese War. During this period, the general organized machete teams and death squads to join
the Shanghai Volunteers and the Iron Blood Group to fight the Japanese enemies in Zhabei and Wusong for 33 days. As a result, the Japanese enemy had to send 3 times the reinforcement forces and change four generals. The general of this campaign definitely deserved all special honor! When this battle was reported by Shanghai and national newspapers, the general was reputed as a famous anti-Japanese hero. Later, he served as a division commander, army commander, and front-line general commander. He retired after the anti-Japanese war, and passed away in Hong Kong in 1972, at the age of 80.
Born in Huilai, Wu Dehao is a sculpture artist who graduated with postgraduate degrees from the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts Sculpture Department. In 2017, he visited the Cité internationale des arts in Paris, France. He currently lectures in the Sculpture Department of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts. He is a member of China Sculpture Association and Guangdong Artist Association, deputy general secretary of CNACA Special Committee of Glass Arts and director of Guangzhou Municipal Association of Sculpture.
Sculpture location: Kuiyang Park, Huilai County, Guangdong Province