Chen Si

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Chen Si (simplified Chinese: 陈思; traditional Chinese: 陳思) is a Chinese man who has stopped more than 300 people from committing suicide off the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge in Nanjing, China.[1][2][3][4]


Since 19 December 2003, Chen Si has spent every weekend on the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, a notorious spot from which to commit suicide.[2] Chen patrols the bridge on foot and on his motorbike, looking for people who might be contemplating suicide. To Chen, these are people "who look depressed, those whose psychological pressure is great" and whose "way of walking is very passive with no spirit, or no direction."[2] He then approaches them and tries to talk to them; sometimes they are already over the railing, and he has to grab them and pull them back over.[2]

In his talks with these people, Chen seeks to learn about their troubles and then find a solution. For example, Chen helped Shi Xiqing, a man who tried to commit suicide because of the $15,000 bill for his daughter's leukemia treatment, by phoning him every week and talking to his creditors.[2]

Media response[edit]

Chen and his activities have received ongoing attention from the media, both in China and abroad. Louisa Lim of NPR called him an "unlikely guardian angel."[2] The "Galileo Big Pictures" a German entertainment TV-program moderated from Aiman Abdallah has also report 17.03.2018 in ProSieben (TV channel at satellites Astra 19.2°E) from Chen Si accessory before the fact. He was there before you could say Jack Robinson with her bike to protect people lives.

Feature documentary[edit]

Filmmakers Jordan Horowitz and Frank Ferendo released a documentary film about Chen in 2016 called Angel of Nanjing. The documentary won over 13 awards at prestigious[citation needed] festivals, including seven for Best Documentary.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hawkins, Kathryn. "Volunteer Guards Bridge to Save Lives". Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lim, Louisa. "Samaritan Patrols Bridge for China's Lost Souls". NPR. 
  3. ^ Ni, Ching-Ching (24 April 2008). "Lifeline at the bridge of despair". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Yardley, Jim (21 September 2004). "On a Bridge of Sighs, the Suicidal Meet a Staying Hand". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 March 2013. 

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