It has been four years since Eckehard Scharfschwerdt was allowed to hang a gold medal with an engraving of the Great Wall of China around his neck. Today, the 57-year-old lives in the German village of Edelweiler in the northern Black Forest and works as a family doctor in the neighboring small town of Altensteig. And: He was honored with “The Chinese Government’s Friendship Award”, the highest Chinese award for foreigners, which is intended to honor contributions to the economic and social development of the country.
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