From right to left: Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying, Ni Ni.
A Shandong family with quintuplets is struggling to make ends meet as the kids began their first year of primary school this year. Reporters reached out to the family and documented one day in their life.
The quintuplets’ mother show reporters their birth certificates.
She sends the kids to school with a pedicab.
The five kids have been called “Olympic blessings”, as they were born in 2008, the same year the 29th Olympic Games were held in Beijing. Their parents named them Bei Bei, Jing Jing, Huan Huan, Ying Ying and Ni Ni, meaning “Beijing welcomes you” (Beijing huanying ni).
Lunch time: Each child gets a bowl of sweet potato soup as they share stir-fried cabbage.
The quintuplets do their homework after school.
The mother told reporters that it’s been physically and financially exhausting trying to raise their kids now that they’ve started primary school.
Four of the quintuplets have some severe eyesight problem, only adding to the expenses. All of them are physically underdeveloped for their age, and the girl named Ni Ni is no more than 15kg, according to Tencent.
The primary school is applying for a subsidy for the kids.
The children all share a large bed.
By Lucy Liu
[Pictures via NetEase]