The story of a 27-year old man from Shijiangzhuang, Hebei province who lost his leg in a car accident and used the compensation money to buy a car and take his mom traveling across China has gone viral on social media.
Qiu poses with his mother.
Qiu Yisong was determined to fulfill the responsibility as caretaker for his mother after his father died of cancer, although he was still recovering from a car accident that cost him his leg in July 2010, People’s Daily reported.
Qiu and his mother began their trip in this past July. They have so far traveled to Tianjin, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang and Beiji Cun, the north-most county of China.
Qiu’s mother is photographed dancing at the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge.
Qiu tried to make the time with his mother as meaningful as possible. Every time they visited a new place, he would stop at the local tourism office and get a stamp on his self-made map of China. He would also invite some newly made friends to write down notes in his book, hoping to keep some memories from the trip. He even filmed a video of his mother dancing in every place they traveled to.
Qiu and his mother pose with their map at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Qiu said his friends and relatives advised him to get a job and buy a house after he got compensated for the loss of his leg. Instead, he bought a car so that he could take his mother traveling
Qiu on his way to Jinagsu’s Lingshan.
Initially, his mother refused to join him because she thought it was a “crazy” decision. She thought he ought to get a stable job and build a family. Qiu said in response that he could postpone his own life plans, but only had so much time left to take care of her.
Qiu and his mother at Jiangnan University.
In the end, Qiu’s mother agreed to travel with him. “Wherever my son is, that is my home,” she said.
“I should cherish the time with my mother…take her to admire every beautiful place when I am still young,” Qiu told reporters. “When I am older, this experience will be a treasure in my life.”
Netizens have expressed mixed opinions on the trip. Some wondered if he would spend all of his compensation on the journey, while others agreed that they have had the same idea for years. After learning his story, many said they plan on traveling with their parents soon.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via Xinhua]