Three Swiss explorers bike 12,000 km to Expo

17:27, August 13, 2010      

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Three Swiss explorers arrived in Shanghai via bicycle on Aug. 10 and they appeared on the stage of Swiss Pavilion in Shanghai World Expo the next day.

In the past four years, they traveled about 12,000 kilometers riding through Russia, Mongolia and other countries. Their journey took them from Zurich to Shanghai.

One of the three explorers was impressed by Shanghai in 2007 when he first came to Shanghai for business. As soon as he got the information that Shanghai will hold the 2010 World Expo, he decided to ride to Shanghai with his friends.

The three amateur explorers are a managing councilor, an assets manager and a sport shop owner. They rarely have several months' time to travel. They planned their trip by dividing it into several sections.

They first finished the trip from Zurich to Moscow in 2006, and then arrived in Novosibirsk in 2008 and reached Ulan Bator in 2009. They finally welcome their last trip from Ulan Bator to Shanghai this July.

According to jfdaily.com, the average distance they traveled was 180 kilometers per day which is equal to the route from Shanghai to Hangzhou. Many Chinese netizens are so excited by their feat.

By Wang Qianyuanxue, People's Daily Online

(Editor:王千原雪)

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