A Chinese father has beaten his 11-year-old daughter to death for copying her homework.

Police in Hangzhou, a metropolis in the eastern Zhejiang province, said the man, identified as Zhang, went berserk after he found out the girl had cheated numerous times at school, copying her home assignments from a classmate.

He tied her hands, ordered her to kneel down and started beating her up, Xhinua state news agency reported.

As the girl stopped breathing, he took her to a local hospital where she died a few hours later.

According to the Xiandai Jinbao newspaper, apart from widespread bruises and injuries on the girl's back and neck, doctors also found signs she had been strangled for up to five minutes.

Corporal punishment as an educational method is still widely used by parents and teachers in China, particularly in the rural south.

Children also face huge parental pressure over their school results, as competition is fierce in the country of 1.3 billion people.

A 13-year-old boy in Jiangsu province recently hanged himself because he was not able to complete his homework, the China Daily reported.