Gu Yanmei, 26, studies English education and lives in Beijing, but was absolutely not going to miss Spring Festival with her family in Sichuan. Gu hopped on her bicycle and started a 2300km journey on the 12th of January, arriving home on Tuesday after braving heavy air pollution and challenging uphill routes along the way.
According to China News, Gu said that the idea of cycling home initially started out as a joke with a friend. “All my friends know that I love cycling. One morning, while everyone was jostling to get hold of train tickets to go home, a colleague laughingly warned me against attempting to cycle back home.” After two days of thinking about it, she decided that it was actually a feasible idea. “I have the time and experience with cycling long distances, so it started to seem more possible to me.”
Over the course of her 17-day long journey, she was frequently asked if the experience of cycling home was tough. With a smile on her face, she said: “I’ve met a lot of interesting and kind people along the way, and took in many breathtaking views. I don’t feel tired at all.”
By Yuen Sin