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Just before the war ended it appeared that the Japanese would advance into the Taitsuen area. Szto Wai wrote ‘Orders came to evacuate northern Kwangtung. Mr. Yeung and I decided to stay no matter what came… I myself wanted to remain because I liked Taitsuen very much; huge camphor trees, cool weather, thirty kinds of birds, lovely wild flowers, and spreading rice fields, the whole atmosphere artistic…’ (Corbett 143). After the Japanese occupied Kukong in January 1945 the students and faculty dispersed while the University prepared to open a new campus 175 miles further north but the war ended before the autumn term began.