20 years ago, 38 year old Liu Lingchao left his hometown of Tantou, Guangxi province, to look for work in Guangzhou and Shenzhen. One day, 15 years later, he decided to go home. Unfazed by his lack of funds or transportation, he resolved to walk all the way there and built his own ‘house’ out of bamboo, a mattress and plastic bags.
During the day, Liu carries the 60kg house on his arms and shoulders as he slowly makes his journey home. For income, he re-sells recyclable waste, stopping every 50 metres or so to collect discarded water bottles, which he then stores in plastic woven bags. When night falls, he sets up camp by the roadside and cooks dinner inside his makeshift house.
Folks may shake their heads in awe and wonder, but by refusing to spend excessive amounts of money on property, Liu has essentially protected himself from the impending bursting of the Chinese housing bubble, making him more shrewd than a great many other people.
In five years, he has gone through three houses. Now, he has only 20km left to go before he finally reaches Tantou.
[By Lisa Wang // Image credit: Xinhua // Via: China Smack]