|Chen Zhang Liang
|Life sciences expert who didn’t start school until the age of 9, and became Vice President of Peking University when he was 35.
|Yuan Long Ping
|Chinese agricultural scientist and “Father of Hybrid Rice” became a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2006.
|Wang Ming Hai
|Entrepreneur who spent ten years turning a 10-acre desert in Inner Mongolia into grasslands.
|Ma Yong Shun
|A retired logger who had chopped down 30,000 trees during his career planted over 40,000 trees to replenish the forest.
|Zhang He Min
|A Panda expert who returned to China after studying overseas helped to improve artificial insemination and reproduction processes.
|Zhao Yu Fen
|Chemistry Professor who discovered after 28 years of research that phosphoamino acids are a building block of life.
|Wang Xiu Ling
|Biology Professor who discovered and artificially reproduced the Ranodon Sibircus, an amphibious animal more ancient than the dinosaurs.
|Zhou Li Guo
|A seasoned aviator who believes that accumulation of knowledge builds confidence.
|A 9-year-old girl with an interest in farming changed the practice of fertilizing Chinese cabbage to solve the common problem of rotting roots.
|Zhang Yi Mou
|An internationally acclaimed filmmaker who had laboured in a cotton textile mill, taught himself photography and was later admitted to the Beijing Film Academy.
|Wang Yu Mei
|Started raising rabbits when she was 18. She learned all she could about raising rabbits and became the best in the business by the time she was 25.
|Zhang Hai Di
|Paralyzed since childhood, he continued to self-study and has become a prolific author.
|Chen Cui Ting
|Former member of the national gymnastics team who enrolled in Shenzhen University and graduated with honours even though she didn’t understand any English at the time of her enrollment.
|Bi Si Wen
|Born into a family of miners, he became a miner at 15, but his studying eventually earned him to a PhD.
|Dawa Ci Ren
|The first Tibetan ever to study at Tsinghua University, and became a Tibetan language scholar.
|At the age of 16, he achieved success by helping his father promote tourism in his remote home village through the Internet.
|After a career as a chemical analyst in a textile factory, he became a successful salesman of pure, distilled water through much trial and error.
|Wang Zhao Lan
|Opened his own tea shop after learning the art of making tea, and aims to promote Chinese tea culture to the rest of the world.
|Dong Shi Zhi
|A 64-year-old retired Government official listened in on classes for his paralyzed granddaughter and taught her at home, helped her win an award for her scholastic success.
|Peng Shi Lu
|China’s first nuclear submarine designer.
|Zhou Shang Yuan
|A farmer who took an interest in building airplanes. After much trial and error, finally succeeded after six years.
|Yang Erche Namu
|Singer and songwriter of Mosuo ethnicity in Yunnan. Studied music in Shanghai and later in the US.
|The people of Jin Jia Jing
|Since ancient times, Jin Jia Jing villagers have had to pump water from other places. In 1987, water resource experts helped turn Jin Jia Jing into an oasis.
|Pan Jiu Qi
|A pedicab driver who never had formal education insists that his children have the opportunity to go to school.
|Wang Zhi Xiu
|A citizen-managed teacher goes alone to a mountain village in Tibet to teach in primary school.
|In order to continue his studies while caring for his paraplegic father, Li carried his father on his back to school everyday.
|Zhang Sheng Li
|Forced to quit school while in primary school, but completed her studies later in life and returned to her home village to teach.
|Xiao Qin, Xiao Yan Yun
|Financial circumstances allowed one of the sisters to go to school. The younger girl drew the long straw and continued to study while the older sister stayed on the farm.
|Xie Hai Long
|A reporter with a keen interest in rural education believes that all children need for a bright future is an opportunity to receive an education.
|Ma Jing Wu
|After graduating from secondary school, Ma worked to eliminate illiteracy in his hometown in Henan.
|Lu Zi Jian
|A centenarian in Chongqing recalls the impact of science on society.
|A comedic actor, Jiang believes his mother is his first book, which he could learn from before he knew any words.
|Pioneer of “Crazy English”, believes that students should not be afraid of being ridiculed when learning a foreign language.
|Tian Hui Ping
|A graduate of the Sichuan International Studies University. After her son was diagnosed as autistic, she founded China’s first Autism Education and Research Center.
|Sun Wei Gang
|A secondary school teaches aims to improve every student in his or her own way.
|Hu Xiu Ying
|An internationally renowned Botanist, earned her PhD at Harvard and returned to the Chinese University of Hong Kong to continue her research.
|Chong Kin Wo
|Migrated to Hong Kong from the mainland in the 1970s. The art of making dumplings had been passed down in her family, and she created a successful dumpling business.
|Yau Shing Tung
|First Chinese mathematician ever to win the prestigious Fields Medal.
|Chong Tak Fong
|A housewife in Hong Kong who changed her lifestyle to promote a greener way of life.
|Siao Fong Fong
|Renowned actress in Hong Kong. Began acting professionally at age 6 to support her family. Continued to study, and later in life went to the US and earned a graduate degree in Psychology.