While most men in their late 60s are enjoying retirement and a peaceful life at home, this badass 67-year-old from Chengdu, Sichuan province has been cruising around Asia on a motorcycle.
Carrying a tent, a pressure cooker and a simple duffle luggage, Deng Zongquan set off on a one-man motorcycle journey across China and South East Asia around nine months ago.
Deng, who loves photography and traveling, likes to call himself a ’naughty kid in disguise’.
Since retiring a few years ago, he has suffered from various illness, and despite facing strong opposition from his family, Deng was determined to go on the trip alone. He began his tour in Chengdu last August, traveling all across China and into South East Asia. Around 180,000 miles later, he has ended his trip back where he started.
Reporters from Huaxi Daily met Deng when he was repairing his bike with his friends at an auto repair shop on Cheng Shuang Avenue. Prior to retiring, Deng used to work at a pharmacy company. He said that although his family was well-off, his motorcycle journey would be a low-budget trip.
Deng kept all the stops on his trip well-documented via social media, and posed for photos at restaurants and tourist stops in Shaanxi, Ningxia, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam.
Deng, who can’t even speak fluent Putonghua, chose to travel on motorbike so that he could meet the locals and have the freedom to choose where to go and what to do.
He often wandered the streets, alleys and markets to gain better understanding of locals’ culture and habits. He added that he was deeply touched by the kindness of strangers he met on his trip.
He recalled crossing paths with a lot of other bike travelers and tourists. Young travelers, impressed by the 67-year-old’s determination, stopped to take photos with him.
Deng first passed through Sichuan, Shaanxi and Ningxia, then headed all the way to inner Mongolia, Hebei and then Henan. He traveled north into Vladivostok in Russia. Afterwards, he went south again, passing through all the south eastern provinces and into Vietnam. Later on, he visited Laos, Thailand and Cambodia before heading home to Sichuan.
Deng rode for nine months, or an average of 200 km per day. The mileage clock on his motorbike now reads 5,4000 km.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via Tencent]