This photo of an eight-year-old boy in his class at Zhuanshanbao Elementary School in Xinjie Town, Zhaotong City of Yunnan Province, with icicles in his hair and eyebrows went viral yesterday
The boy, in his determination to attend the class, had braved extreme harsh winter conditions. He had walked 4.5 kilometres from his home for over an hour through the -9° Celsius conditions.
The photo, which was shared by his principal Fu Heng, shows an eight-year-old Wang Fuman with his hair and eyebrows turned all-white, fully covered with frost.
According to news site People's Daily, while the boy was already on his way to school, temperatures had plunged quickly within half an hour. However, as it was the first day of the final examinations, he was determined to reach the school.
"The child is cute. When he arrived in class, he pulled a funny face at his classmates, making them laugh," the principal was quoted as saying.
While the school provides breakfast and lunch for students, the classrooms have no heating supply. He also suffered from frostbite.
In other photos, the boy's rough hands, which suffered from frostbite, are shown. His hands had turned dry and wrinkly due to the extreme cold.
A diligent student, Fuman is particularly good at maths. The photos were taken by his class teacher on Monday, 8 January.
The eight-year-old comes from a less-fortunate family and lives in a mud house in Ludian with his older sister and grandmother
His father and mother are separated. The father, who is a migrant worker in another city, supports the family. While the boy helps his grandmother with farming work.
According to a report in People's Daily Online, the little boy said that he misses his father, whom he had not seen for a few months.
The boy's determination for his education despite the hardships, moved several people, who expressed a desire to help him
While one netizen encouraged him, saying: 'Study hard to change your destiny, another user lamented: 'The wealth gap in China is too big. Whenever I see news like this, I think of the weak side behind China's prosperous appearance.'