Chinese library installs statue of deceased regular patron
After rubbish collector’s death, it was discovered he was a retired high school teacher
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.
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.