57-year-old grandmother, Xiang Yuncui, walks five kilometres of mountain paths daily to carry her granddaughter to school in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. As walks to school go, 57-year-old Xiang Yuncui and her granddaughter Tan's is truly gruelling.
Tan, seven, has cerebral palsy and can't walk, so every morning for the last three years, her granny has carried her the five kilometres to school, waited for her, and carried her home across southwest China's Chongqing Municipality. The pair's route takes them over tough mountain roads, and Xiang frequently falls in winter.
Incredibly though, the two have never been late for school, even though the walk takes around two hours on a good day. It is estimated Xiang has carried Tan, now seven, over 10,000 km. And she says she will carry on for as long as she has the strength.
The school has boarding facilities, but Tan cannot use them because of her disabilities, although she is provided with free schooling and meals in recognition of her condition. The pair's plight has become well known in the region, and local party officials have agreed to provide Tan with surgery to try and improve her condition.