|On June 7, 2011, a thousand students gathered outside the gate of Hanyin Middle School for the national college entrance examination. With the blow of a whistle, the gate opened and students entered the school grounds on a specifically-prepared red carpet.
|Among them, Li Wei, a 1.2-meter-tall boy attracted the most attention. He is wearing shoes but actually having no feet. With unimaginable perseverance, Li Wei walked on his knees all the way to the examination room.
|Twenty-one years ago, Li Wei was born to a poor rural family in Puxi Township, Hanyin County, Shaanxi Province. His birth brought great happiness to the family. However, their hopes were almost shattered by a brutal accident several years later.
|On April 2, 1994, three-year-old Li Wei was having fun with friends by the road, when a speeding truck struck him. Caught under the wheel, his legs could not be saved, and were amputated in the hospital. His life has changed since then. Without feet, he had to spend most of his time getting around his hands and knees.
|At the age of seven, Li Wei was at first refused by primary schools. After repeated efforts of his parents and with the help of the county education bureau, Li Wei finally was admitted to the classroom, only two months after the beginning of a new semester.
|For the first three years, Li's parents carried him on their back to school. However, one day, they were so busy with farm work that they left him at home. The unyielding 10-year-old insisted on crawling to school. He spent more than one hour making the one-kilometer journey crawling on his hands and knees. After several tries, he began to use his knees as feet and kneel to move.
|Within days, Li's trousers were worn out and both knees were scarred and bleeding. To aide his walking, Li's father outfitted Li's knees with rubber shoes tied around his thighs. From that day on, Li started walking to school every day.