21-year-old raises half-million yuan for polar journey

Updated 2017-08-23 10:00:17 chinaplus.cri.cn

A sophomore from the Beijing Institute of Technology has managed to raise 500,000 yuan online for a journey to both the Arctic and Antarctic, reports Yangtse Evening Post.

The 21-year-old, surnamed Zhou, is reportedly going to ink a sponsorship deal with Li Yuan, the founder of a start-up designed to provide financing for individuals.

Li Yuan says he appreciates Zhou's courage, and says he hopes to make his 'crazy' dreams come true.

Zhou says he's been inspired to make his treks after watching a documentary about the two Polar Regions.

He rejected financial help from his parents, saying he hoped to realize his dream by himself.

Zhou then posted a public message on Weibo, saying he was hoping to raise 500,000 yuan.

In return for Li Yuan's offering, Zhou has promised to pay him back through part of his earnings every year, 5 years after his graduation.

The plan has sparked heated debate on Chinese social media.

Some people say Zhou shouldn't be putting such a heavy economic burden on himself while he is only a student.

Others are offering support for Zhou, saying he should be following his dreams.

Also in the News

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time
Showbiz2016/06/16 13:58October 23 2018 02:50:21

Nicole Kidman Recalls Oscar Glory: Loneliest Time

Attending Shanghai International Film Festival, Nicole Kidman talks about her role in "Grace of Monaco".

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts
Also in the News2014/05/01 12:16October 23 2018 02:50:21

Labor Day Travel Peak Starts

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'
Also in the News2014/04/18 13:18October 23 2018 02:50:21

Johnny Depp Delivers a Speech 'Evolve the Future' in 'Transcendence'

Hollywood star Johnny Depp's speech in the upcoming new film "Transcendence" has been disclosed on Friday, April 11th.

China World Business Sports Showbiz Audio
C4 My Chinese Life The Sound Stage China Revealed Showbiz Video Travel Video
China World Fun Travel Entertainment Sports
Beijing Shanghai Guangzhou
Live Music Opera & Classical Movies Traditional Shows Exhibitions
Learn Chinese:
Chinese Studio Living Chinese Everyday Chinese Just For Fun Chinese Culture Buzzwords