Trudging to school or work in the winter weather can be a slog. But hats off to this kid who still turned up despite giving the phrase 'frosted tips' a whole new meaning.

A rural Chinese schoolboy has become an Internet sensation after he was left with icicles in his hair, thanks to trekking three miles to school in Arctic conditions in the south-western province of Yunnan.

The third-grade pupil, believed to be called Wang Fuman, spent an hour walking 4.5km (2.8 miles) to school in -9C (15.8F) weather yesterday to sit an exam in a small town outside the city of Shaotong, according to People's Daily Online.

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The boy studies at the Zhuanshanbao Primary School in Xinjie Town, Ludian County, and the school's headteacher said that his travelling far to get to school is a daily occurrence. What a little champ.

Fu said: "It was the first day of their final exams. The temperatures dropped to minus nine degrees Celsius in about 30 minutes that morning."

By the time the kid arrived at school yesterday morning, his hair and eyebrows had completely frozen up, sparking laughter among his 16 classmates.

Word is that he didn't seem too bothered by the wintry weather, despite Fu confirming that the school's classrooms don't even have heating due to a lack of funding.

"The child is cute. He pulled a funny face to his classmates," Headmaster Fu said.

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According to Fu, Fuman's a diligent student who is particularly good at maths. The picture taken by People's Daily above shows him receiving 99 percent on his exam.

That's pretty good going, considering the boy told reporters he had frostbite on his hands from helping his grandmother do farm work. Ouch.

Fuman doesn't come from the most well-off family - according to Pear Video, he lives in a mud hut with his grandma and his older sister. He doesn't see his parents often as they are migrant workers living in other cities.

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People in China are full of admiration for Fuman, as many users on the Chinese social media site Weibo left encouraging messages for him, hoping life will get easier for him if he works hard.

"Study hard to change your destiny. I believe you can," said one user on Weibo.

"The wealth gap in China is too big," another user added. "Whenever I see news like this, I think of the weak side behind China's prosperous appearance."

If he stays so committed to his schooling, Fuman is sure to go far. Keep ploughing on, kid.

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Chris Ogden

Chris Ogden is a journalist at LADbible. He graduated from the University of East Anglia with degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing before completing his NCTJ Diploma in Multimedia Journalism. Chris has previously written for the independent culture magazine The Skinny, among other publications.

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