Boy, 8, cycles to Lhasa
2017-07-24 16:40:00

An eight-year-old boy in Lianyungang is spending his summer differently to most kids his age, cycling 3,000km, from Lianyungang to Lhasa, with his father.

On July 20, Wang Xiaoren and his father, Wang Jiaqing, arrived in Tianshui, Gansu province, about 1100 meters above sea level. Before their arrival, the pair had spent the past 22 days riding along the 310 National Road, Wang Jiaqing said.

"We were riding at least eight hours a day, cycling up to 14 hours at a time at the very most,” he said.

Wang Jiaqing added he has been a fan of riding for many years, and has cycled to a range of places such as Kunming, Qinghai and Ningxia.

He said, during this trip, he and his son will travel 3,900 km in distance to places including Zhengzhou, Xi'an, Lanzhou and Xining, and even the depopulated zones along the Qinghai-Tibet route.

“I hope to reach the destination in 56 days, which will give us 46 days to ride and 10 days to rest,” Wang Jiaqing said.

He added he hoped his son will enjoy the journey and take note of the lessons learned along the way, with riding countless up and down hills.

"This is like life,” Wang Jiaqing said.

“There will be a lot of up and downs, and we have to learn to face them by ourselves.”

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