Outdoor enthusiast Pu Wei, known for being the first in his home province to scale Mount Everest, has embarked on an educational journey with his eight-year-old son. They have set out to travel from Xi’an to Lanzhou, covering 700 kilometers on a budget of just 100 RMB.
While it has already been proved that a traveler can “survive” in Shanghai for a day on 130 RMB, this father-and-son duo managed to make it all the way to the third day without spending a single mao. How did they do it? By hitching rides and exchanging labor for food and accommodation.
A truck driver surnamed Song agreed to let the pair spend the night at his place if they would help him unload his goods. Hard to tell from the picture whether the kid is of much help, but he probably gets the point.
While his son had grown a little bit weary, Pu was proud of not having spent any money. Throughout their journey, they came across kind people who lent them support and food.
Pu said that the aim of the journey was give his son a taste of the bitterness and sweetness of life while he is still young. In total, they managed to hitch over 12 rides, but they also suffered many rejections, with reasons ranging from sheer indifference to suspicion.
“One gets hurt by indifference and misunderstanding, but don’t take it too hard. Now that you’ve understood the harm of indifference and misunderstanding, you will be more generous to others,” wrote Pu on his microblog on the third day of the journey.
Currently, they still have three days to go before they finish their journey.
Many parents before Pu have taken their beloved children on inspirational trips to learn about the hardness of life, like this dad who biked across China with his daughter, and another father who traveled 540 kilometers with his son on rollerblades.
By Victor Fung
[Images via Weibo]