Eagle Dad's failed Mt Fuji mission

Last updated 11:49 11/10/2012
Eagle Dad
UNSUCCESSFUL: Chinese father He Liesheng, or Eagle Dad, with one of his two sons during their failed attempt to climb Mt Fuji. Liesheng thought there would be shops and steps up the mountain.

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A Chinese father and his two children had to be rescued after ascending Japan's Mount Fuji with nothing more than a cup of water and a chocolate bar.

This is the same father that rose to notoriety earlier this year after filming and forcing his four-year-old son to do press ups in the snow and sail alone.

He Liesheng, or Eagle Dad, says he subjects his son to such activities in order to toughen him up because he was born premature. There was outcry over his former antics, with many saying his son He Yede, or Duoduo, should be taken into care.

In this latest act, He Liesheng took his son and daughter to Japan, determined to climb Mount Fuji and make a political statement - that the Diaoyu Islands belong to China, the Daily Mail reported.

When he was told that it was off-season and the 3776 metre mountain was not open, He Liesheng and his children reportedly climbed over the barrier and headed for the top.

Strong winds set in but they didn't deter Eagle Dad. It was only when Duoduo was crying and nearly collapsing from altitude sickness that his father admitted defeat, Daily Mail reported.

The strict father had only bought a cup of water and a chocolate bar, thinking there would be steps up the mountain and shops along the way.

They were not wearing water-proof clothing and were reportedly drenched when rescued by park rangers.

It is unclear where the family is now or whether He Liesheng will face any charges.

While he may not have reached the top of the mountain, He Liesheng did achieve something else -  he and Duoduo were pictured on the mountain with a banner that read: ''The Diaoyu Islands belong to China,'' before they started descending with the rangers' help.

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