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Woman climbs mountains with baby on the back

By Sun Wenyu (People's Daily Online)    13:24, July 17, 2017

A woman in Nanjing, eastern China’s Jiangsu province has climbed a number of mountains carrying her baby on the back. Though some people doubted the suitability of her hobby, she believes that travelling is the best education and a precious exercise for both her and daughter.

The 28-year-old woman, Wang Ping, who used to be a yoga instructor, quit her job and became a stay-at-home mom after the birth of her daughter nicknamed Pipi.

However, being bored by the life of a full-time mother, Wang decided to go out to the wild. Pipi had her first trip with her mother when she was only 3 months old. They spent one and a half months in Yunnan.

Wang bought a professional frame carrier after her daughter was able to sit. Ever since, she started mountain-climbing carrying Pipi on her back. Her husband, a hiking enthusiast, opposed her decision at first, but was later convinced and even offered her professional counsel.

Wang and her daughter have so far left their footprints on a number of famous mountains in China. According to her, her daughter is the most interesting part of her travel that makes the whole thing complete.

Hiking and mountain climbing have brought positive influences on her daughter, Wang explained, saying that her daughter’s health and sleep quality have greatly improved. In addition, she believes that travelling facilitates intellectual development of children.

Some people doubted Wang’s hobby, saying that climbing mountains with children was risky and dangerous. Wang responded that she has taken every factor into consideration. She never takes Pipi to steep mountains and those located in distant places.

Pan Chunlei, principal of a local teacher development center, said different ways of education should be applied to children at different ages, adding that the most important thing was to offer them natural growth opportunities and ensure a warm family atmosphere.

According to Wang, her practice is not “cloneable” since her unique experience as a yoga instructor has endowed her with excellent physical conditions, added to the necessary support from her family. 


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