Everyone needs a hero, so here are China’s top ten of 2015.
10) The auntie that stopped a fight on the Shanghai Metro
Not all heroes wear capes. Take this Shanghai auntie for instance, who plopped herself down between two female passengers aggressively fighting over a seat on the metro, instantly making her an Internet idol.
9) Shi Zhuo, “Baymax” surgeon
At a hospital in Zhejiang, a two-year-old patient had been crying nervously before undergoing a serious operation, with a daughter of his own, surgeon Shi knew just the medicine that she needed, calming the little girl down with funny videos on his smartphone.
8) Brother Smile, China’s happiest cabbie
Okay, so they may just be thousands of silly selfies, but check out how 60-year-old Teng Jiazhi describes his personal mission: “I try my best to help my passengers with their troubles. All it takes is just a little chat, song or joke to make them happy again.”
7) Jia Haixia & Jia Wenqi, BFF environmental champions and village saviors
This inspiring pair of best friends, a blind man and a double amputee with no arms, have fought against all odds to restore a once-barren area by planting thousands of trees, in the process saving their Hebei village from possibly catastrophic flooding.
6) Wang Deshun, 79-year-old runway model
Actor Wang Deshun, 79, walked the runway during China Fashion Week in Beijing looking remarkably better than many of the younger models, proving that age is just a number and inspiring Grandpas everywhere.
5) Guo Yuanyuan, an angel nurse that stopped her beach photoshoot to save a drowning man
Guo, a nurse at a Dalian hospital, was posing for her wedding photos when she noticed a drowning man being dragged out of the ocean. She ran to help the stranger and performed CPR on him while waiting for paramedics to arrive, but neither Guo or the doctors were able to save his life.
4) Wang Yan, a millionaire who went broke saving strays
In order to save hundreds of dogs from the slaughterhouse, Wang Yan, a former Changchun millionaire, has gone broke founding an animal rescue center that helps to find thousands of local strays a loving home.
3) Bian Pengfei, a quick-thinking bus driver who saved a woman’s life
Video footage shows the moment that Bian stopped his bus and rushed out to save a suicidal woman intent on jumping off a bridge into the Yangtze River. After successfully dragging her inside, he headed straight to the nearest police station to get her further assistance. In total, the incident lasted less than a minute. Not only did Bian save a woman’s life, he did so without causing much inconvenience to his passengers.
2) Liang Xiao, a policeman who literally put his body on the line to save a suicide jumper
Liang boldly saved a suicidal man who had thrown himself from the rooftop of a four-story apartment building by cushioning the man’s fall with his own body. Now that’s really putting yourself in the line of duty.
1) Wu Chenjia, a motorist who risked his life to save an entire family from inside a burning car
Acting without hesitation, Wu ran to the burning vehicle in the middle of the highway and pulled out a woman and her child; however the father was still trapped inside.
“The car is going to explode! I can’t get out, don’t save me!” he shouted. Ignoring the man’s words, Wu smashed the car’s window and door and pulled the man to safety. Five seconds later, the car exploded.
These heroes were selected for their shining examples of courage, strength, determination, resilience, kindness, and generally putting others before themselves. Each of their stories is inspiring, and hopefully we can all learn something from them.
WE LEAVE YOU WITH THIS…
WATCH: Incredible video from Fujian province of villagers rushing to the rescue of an 11-month-old boy who was accidentally crushed under a van on the side of a village road.
Posted by Shanghaiist on Sunday, September 6, 2015
By Mary DeMay