- Viral footage shows the overjoyed children jumping and embracing each other
- They were meeting for the first time after the nursery school was shut for months
- Schools and universities across China were closed during the coronavirus crisis
- Millions of web users called the boys' reaction 'an example of pure friendship'
Viral footage has emerged of two little boys were overjoyed to see each other again on their first day back to the kindergarten in Shanghai.
They are seen in the video jumping and embracing each other with excitement after being dropped off by their families outside the nursery school that had reopened following the coronavirus outbreak.
Millions of social media users have been amused by the children’s adorable reaction, calling it ‘an example of pure friendship’.
The trending footage comes as tens of millions of pupils are returning to the classroom after the Chinese education authorities have hailed the country’s anti-virus efforts ‘a decisive victory’.
The clip is said to have been filmed at a kindergarten in Shanghai on Tuesday, the first day of the nursery school welcoming the children back.
One of the boys is seen getting off an electronic bike after being dropped off by his parent.
Thrilled to see his best friend again, the child ran towards the other boy as they hugged each other with excitement.
The 12-second clip has amassed nearly three million views on Twitter-like Weibo after being shared by multiple news outlets today.
Social media users were entertained by the children’s adorable reaction, calling it ‘an example of pure friendship’.
One commenter wrote: ‘Haha they are so cute! Children are so pure. This has reminded me of my childhood.’
Another one replied: ‘Isn’t it great to be kids? You would never jump like that once you grow up, no matter how happy you are.’
A third netizen said: ‘This is a real example of pure and innocent friendship, so adorable!’
The news comes as around 280 million students across China are returning to the campus this month after the Chinese officials gave a go-ahead for most schools in the country to open again.
Xinjiang in north-west China is the only region that has ordered its students to start the school year online after seeing a surge of coronavirus cases in recent months.
Wang Dengfeng, an official leading the anti-virus efforts at the Ministry of Education, said China had achieved a decisive victory against the virus after successfully cutting large-scale transmission and resuming the country’s economy.