Wednesday, 17. September 2014
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A legless 10-year-old has become an inspiration in China after she climbed to the top of a 90ft high ancient tower using just her hands and her stumps.
Brave Jiang Chang Zi-yi - whose legs were amputated aged four after a car accident - told her parents she wanted to climb the 400-year-old structure unaided after reading about it in local media.
The ancient watchtower had cracked in half soon after it was built in the Ming Dynasty leaving just half of it standing.
"They called it the Tower of Strength and that's me - strong," said Zi-yi.
"The tower isn't all there and it's still standing, and so am I.
"Neither of us are quite like we were meant to be. Yet here we are, here we stay, and the world has to accept us," she added.
Zi-yi climbed all seven storeys on her own with her parents behind her on the watchtower's narrow staircase.
Proud dad Jiang Hsiao said:" She has never let the fact that she has no legs stop her from doing anything she wants. She is an inspiration to all of us."
Zi-Yi's climb has made her a sensation on China's social networking site Weibo.
"Whenever you feel tempted to moan about your difficult life, look at this little girl and think what she would do," said one user.
The Xiushui Pagoda, which stands on top of a mountain in the city of Dexing, in southern China's Jiangxi province, has baffled historians for years.
Soon after it was completed, half the tower fell away but the remaining half has remained still standing in perfect condition for hundreds of years.
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