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Mom and son rely on kindness of strangers

By Cheng Yingqi (China Daily)

10:05, January 18, 2012

Feng Ying and her 5-year-old son set off from the Guangzhou South Railway Station on Jan 1 as part of an online campaign requiring each participant to spend only 140 yuan ($22) to cover their trip home. The mother and son arrived home in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region 15 days later with help from strangers. (Photo from China Daily)

BEIJING - A train ticket can be especially hard to find during Spring Festival as hundreds of millions of people hit the roads and railways.

With a little help from your friends, however, you can get from one corner of the country to the other for next to nothing.

That is what Feng Ying and her 5-year-old son have been doing in the past 15 days, traveling through almost half of China relying on the help of warmhearted strangers.

They took trains and buses, and stopped in 10 cities across seven provinces on their way from South China's Guangdong province to the Ningxia Hui autonomous region in Northwest China.

On the way they ate local snacks and visited scenic spots and museums, mostly for free.

Such help came from netizens Feng had never met before and who came forward after she posted her travel plans on her micro blog on Dec 10, saying that she was going to take her son on the 3,000-km trip with a budget of only 280 yuan ($44), and calling for free rides and accommodations.

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