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Chinese man rides bike to Africa after quarrel with girlfriend

By Gao Yinan (People's Daily Online)    14:40, September 14, 2015
Chinese man rides bike to Africa after quarrel with girlfriend

Bicycling is on the rise in China, across all ages, genders, and ethnicities. It is not only a low carbon environmental friendly way of transportation, but also a good fitness exercise.

In Foshan, south China’s Guangdong province, a man named He Ganhui rides bike as an emotional outlet. Every time He Ganhui quarreled with his girlfriend, he rode bike, and his furthest destination was Africa.

He Ganhui is a skinny man with tanned skin and shiny face. Well, we can't judge a person by his appearance. He is man of stories.

In 2012, He worked as a fencing coach. One day, his girlfriend had a fight with him. He was pissed off and rode a bike all the way to Beijing, which is about 2,200 km away from his home in Foshan.

"I borrowed the bike from a friend. I was on impulse and set off for Beijing," he said. It was his first bicycling journey. "I was such a rookie at that time. I even did not know how to deal with a flat tyre," he added.

Out of expectations, He’s girlfriend bought a bike and rode it with him all the way to the north.

From Shishan, Guangdong province to Jiangsu and Zhejiang province, and then via Shanghai to Hebei... The two finally arrived in Tian'anmen Square in Beijing.

"Sometimes after a long ride, I just want to leave my bike at the roadside and ride a car to go home," said He. But he did not give up and finally made it to Beijing.

He Ganhui said that his admiration went to his girlfriend, who managed to Beijing, accompanying him all the way.

In 2013, He Ganhui quarreled with his girlfriend again. This time he decided to ride a bike to Africa with his friend. He firstly went to Chongqing then to Tibet and then went abroad to Nepal and Kenya.

"When we arrived in Africa, we have no accommodation. We have to sleep in front of the tribal chief’s home. The people there thought we were so strange as if we were coming from another world." He said.

He Ganhui said that the tribal people usually eat polenta, but they treat guests from afar with rice. In the tribe, only the rich has the right to have rice.

On his way back from Africa, He Ganhui and his friend’s cell phones, laptops, souvenirs and backpacks all got stolen when they slept in a hotel in Zambia. Fortunately, the thief left their IDs, passports and credit cards in front of the hotel.

A warmhearted Chinese, who ran a clinic there, helped He contact with his friends at home. They managed to go back home and ended their six-month bicycling trip. He said that one needs some courage to experience the world with a lot of goodwill. 

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