“Frost boy” warms up the internet | Society News | SupChina

“Frost boy” warms up the internet

While most people in China are tormented by the brutal cold sweeping the country, a heartwarming photo lit up Weibo today. It shows a little boy in Yunnan Province with his hair completely covered in frost after walking about 4.5 kilometers (2.7 miles) to his school in freezing weather.

The photo was taken on January 8 by the boy’s teacher at a primary school in Ludian County, Yunnan Province, where the temperature that day was around 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-9C). In the photo, the boy — not adequately dressed for the bitter cold — has a layer of frost on his head and some on his eyebrows.

According to the teacher, the boy is a third-grade student whose home is located an hour walk away from the school. A typical “left-behind” child, the boy is taken care of by his grandparents in the rural village while his parents have moved to big cities to make money.

Since the photo was posted online by the school’s principal, it has elicited an avalanche of emotional responses (in Chinese) from internet users. Many of them sent encouraging words to the boy, hoping that his endeavors will pay off in the future. Some said that they would donate money and clothes to the boy’s family.

Jiayun Feng

Jiayun was born in Shanghai, where she spent her first 20 years and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism at Fudan University. Interested in writing for a global audience, she attended the NYU Graduate School of Journalism for its Global & Joint Program Studies, which allowed her to pursue a journalism career along with her interest in international relations. She has previously interned for Sixth Tone and Shanghai Daily.

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