Boy in Yunnan braves freezing cold to go to school

PHOTO: China Daily/Asia News Network

A photo of a young boy with his hair frozen went viral and attracted thousands of people's attention on Tuesday (Jan 9).

In minus 9-degree temperature, the primary three pupil walked over one hour, 4.5 kilometers, to reach Zhuan Shan Bao Primary School in Southwest China's Yunnan province.

When he arrived at the school, his hair had turned all-white due to the cold.

The frostbitten hands of the boyPhoto: China Daily/Asia News Network

After his principal posted the photos online, many people expressed a desire to help the left-behind child.

"All the sufferings that you are undergoing now will enlighten your future road," a netizen said.

Boy in Yunnan braves freezing cold to go to school

  • Photos of a boy who arrived at school with a head full of icicles after walking more than 4 kilometers through the freezing snow have drawn widespread attention to children from poor rural families.
  • Fu Heng, the school's principal, said his classrooms do not have heating due to a lack of funding.
  • Wearing only a thin jacket, the student had braved -9 C weather to travel over an hour from his village home to reach Zhuanshanbao Primary School in Zhaotong, Yunnan province.
  • Wang Manfu, 10, was photographed by his teacher and the picture quickly went viral after being shared on social media.
  • The provincial foundation had collected about 300,000 yuan (S$61,000) in public donations, and its Zhaotong office had also collected more than 26,200 yuan
  • He lives in a mud hut with his grandmother and older sister, and rarely sees his parents because they are migrant workers in other cities.
  • Wang, who has been nicknamed "Snowflake Boy" by netizens, became an overnight sensation online.
  • A company donated 144 pieces of winter wear and 20 sets of heating equipment to the school
  • Netizens have written poems and drawn illustrations based on his picture as a form of encouragement.
  • The boy also said he wants to become a policeman when he grows up.