At least this man is a little more deserving of the attention than Furong Jie and most of the other internet celebrities. Zhang Tianyuan is an old cobbler who has unexpectedly found internet fame after someone took a picture of him working outside in the freezing weather and posted it up online. Since then, it’s gone viral on the microblog universe with Zhang’s picture reposted thousands of times.
The backstory: 80-yr old Zhang is a Jiangsu native who has lived alone ever since his wife died 20 years ago. He says he makes about 700 RMB a month repairing shoes, something he’s done everyday for more than 30 years, and doesn’t apply for government subsidies. Although many people have criticized his family (Zhang has two sons) for letting him work outside everyday at such an old age, the cobbler says his work keeps him healthy and that he can see well and hear clearly.
Got any shoes that need fixing? Maybe you could consider heading down to Guangyuan Lu in Xuhui where he is.