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After four years, we continue to honor and remember the bravery of Dr. Li Wenliang, who first spoke out about the Covid virus. Four years have passed, but we still pay tribute to the courageous actions of Dr. Li Wenliang, the first person to raise awareness about the Covid virus.
After four years, we continue to honor and remember the bravery of Dr. Li Wenliang, who first spoke out about the Covid virus.

Four years have passed, but we still pay tribute to the courageous actions of Dr. Li Wenliang, the first person to raise awareness about the Covid virus.

After four years, we continue to honor and remember the bravery of Dr. Li Wenliang, who first spoke out about the Covid virus. Four years have passed, but we still pay tribute to the courageous actions of Dr. Li Wenliang, the first person to raise awareness about the Covid virus.

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12,500 people passed away due to COVID four years ago.Dr. Li Wenliang

Despite online censorship, tributes continue to pour in for Dr. Li Wenliang, the young ophthalmologist from Wuhan who first alerted his colleagues to the novel coronavirus.

On the third anniversary of Dr. Li’s death, numerous Chinese internet users posted messages in the comments section of his last Weibo post. This platform has been referred to as China’s “Wailing Wall.” (CDT has provided translations of these comments from the Chinese public, including a detailed analysis in 2021. Our editors also regularly save new content from the Wailing Wall in both Chinese and English, and create a monthly Chinese-language post and video feature.)

This week, the CDT editors have preserved several essays and social media posts honoring and highlighting various aspects of Dr. Li’s legacy. One initial tribute, shared on the WeChat platform,导筒directube (dǎotǒng

On directube last week, a video was uploaded titled ” “.Four Years,” included a few simple screenshots from Dr. Li’s Weibo account, including his January 31, 2020 post from the ICU, after he had been diagnosed with COVID. Many commenters thanked 导筒directube for posting the reminder. “He is the only stranger I will miss for the rest of my life,” wrote Weibo user 郎®もも. Other commenters marveled at the passage of the intervening years. “Four years just flew by,” wrote one Weibo user. “It seems like a lifetime ago,” said another.

CDT also republished

We are not qualified to tell him to rest peacefully.,” a long-deleted classic WeChat post from Liao Baoping that was

The initial censoring occurred in February of 2020.

The piece is a heartfelt homage to the bravery of Dr. Li, featuring a pen-and-ink illustration of him donning a physician’s attire, spectacles, a Wuhan Central Hospital name badge, and an N95 respirator.

A pen and ink drawing of the young Dr. Li Wenliang, wearing a doctor’s coat, glasses, an N95 face mask, and a name tag identifying him as a doctor at Wuhan Central Hospital.

“Li Wenliang recognized as a hero in the fight against the pandemic” (image source: WeChat account 廖保平de思想国)

In her poignant post “Four Years On,” WeChat influencer “Princess Minmin” reminisced about…Dr. Li’s integrity and willingness to speak the truth

Being honest is a highly esteemed trait. We hold dear the legacy of Dr. Li Wenliang for speaking the truth.

In the future, it is possible that the events of the spring of 2020 may be forgotten by most. However, the lasting message of Dr. Li Wenliang’s words will remain.

In a well-functioning community, it is important to have multiple perspectives and opinions.

This will be remembered.

According to the ancients, there are three eternal aspects of life: deeds, words, and character. By speaking a phrase that will be forever remembered, Dr. Li Wenliang has achieved immortality.[Chinese]

In “

It has been four years, do you still recall Dr. Li Wenliang?

“WeChat blogger Er Xiang reflected on the impact of Dr. Li’s legacy in both personal and societal remembrance.”

The passing of Dr. Li was not just the loss of one person, but a shared memory and experience. It is important to remember these collective events, but without a written record, our personal recollections will fade away. This is why these words and images hold great significance.

Thankfully, Dr. Li’s Weibo account is still active, providing a written archive of his thoughts. It has become a virtual “Wailing Wall” where regular individuals from various locations gather to express their opinions, share daily experiences, and even their sorrows. I have come across posts from individuals expressing their struggles and feelings of hopelessness, followed by responses of support from strangers. People visit to greet Dr. Li, engage in casual conversations, divulge personal secrets, or seek solace for their problems.

Fortunately, even after four years, people have not forgotten about him. Today, several of my friends are reposting Dr. Li’s photos and posts on their WeChat Moments, and many are leaving comments on his final Weibo post. One individual wrote, “Dr. Li, they still have not broadcasted…”

The second season of the show ‘Joy of Life’. (庆余年2, Qìng Yúnián 2). The pandemic is long over. The last four years feel like a dream.” Someone else wrote, “Dr. Li, it’s been four years and everyone still remembers you. I hope your family is safe and sound.” [Chinese]

A WeChat article by Zhang Sanfeng (also known as Zhang Feng), “Li Wenliang and a New Sort of Faith
The article examines the almost sacred status that Dr. Li has achieved in the public perception.

He is not only remembered by people, but also considered a type of confessor and a source of spiritual nourishment. This concept has never existed in Chinese culture before, but it does now.

Li Wenliang has been elevated to the status of a saint, embodying the suffering and pain endured by a society as a whole, despite his innocence. He has become a symbol of selfless sacrifice for the greater good.

He has become the core of the “new culture” that has arisen in China in recent years. Both remembering and regretting are essential elements of creation: even as people mourn, they must also find the strength to hold onto hope.

He will continue to stay until the true rebirth occurs.[Chinese]

In 2024, similar to previous years, there were numerous social media commemorations for Dr. Li from various countries, including these shared on X (formerly known as Twitter).

CDT’s Wailing Wall archive

This was compiled by Tony Hu.