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Chinese library installs statue of deceased regular patron

After rubbish collector’s death, it was discovered he was a retired high school teacher

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 January, 2017, 3:42pm
UPDATED : Monday, 09 January, 2017, 3:42pm

A bronze statue is to be unveiled in Hangzhou’s city library to commemorate a rubbish collector in the city.

Wei Sihao became an online celebrity in 2014, Worker’s Daily reported. He was as a frequent library visitor who always washed his hands before reading any books. Wei was hit by a taxi in Hangzhou in November 2015, and died the following month.

After Wei died, it was discovered he was a retired high school teacher.

Chinese university students queue for hours for library study space

It was reported by local media that the 77-year-old, who received a pension of more than 5,000 yuan (US$723) per month, collected rubbish to donate money to poor students across the country since the 1990s.

The bronze half-body statue is 1.6 metres high, and will be displayed inside the Hangzhou Public Library.