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Wed 10th Jan

The long cold trek to school

A distressing story of harsh life in the provinces has moved many hearts on Chinese social media.

Wang Fuman walked the 3 miles to school in the freezing cold dressed only in thin clothes. He is one of the millions of 'left-behind' children who live in villages. Both his parents have moved away to work in the cities and so he is looked after by an older sister and his grandmother. Cold weather in Yunnan province can be fierce but is not as common as elsewhere in China.


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Ming founder

Occasionally in Chinese history a man of humble origins has risen to overthrow a dynasty and found his own. The most dramatic example of this is Zhu Yuanzhang who overthrew the Yuan dynasty to become Emperor Hongwu 洪武帝 founder of the Ming dynasty. He came from a family of poor peasants and after living as a novice in a Buddhist monastery he joined the Red Turban rebels. He quickly rose to be leader and gained wide support against the Mongol rulers.
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