Students at a school in southern China were baffled when a 20ft high statue of a cabbage appeared at the entrance to their campus.
"Statues are supposed to inspire us
to produce great work. What's a cabbage supposed to inspire?" said one pupil at
the Qianshan No. 2 Middle School in Jiangxi province.
statue is a tribute to a 17th century leader Da Jiliang who
painted a cabbage to inspire himself to work hard. In Mandarin, cabbage
is pronounced 'baicai', with 'bai' meaning white, or impossible to
Headmaster Liu Wang explained: "Students who don't know why this
statue is here don't know their own history. This cabbage should
inspire them to produce their best work with a pure spirit," he added.