All across China, people are traveling home to spend Chinese New Year with their loved ones. While most take trains, buses or planes, in order to save money, a few have opted to bike, which takes a little longer, particularly if you head in the wrong direction.
According to Pear Video, last Friday, traffic police in Wuhu, Anhui province stopped a man riding his bicycle on the side of an expressway. In talking with the man, they learned that he was a migrant worker working in Rizhao, Shandong province who claimed that he had been biking home for Spring Festival for the past month.
Unfortunately for him, his home is in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang province which is in literally the exact opposite direction.
The man said that he had received some bad directions at the start of his journey, and apparently hadn’t questioned them again on his over 500km bike ride southwest to Anhui.
He told officers that he had decided to bike home for the holidays in order to save money after blowing most of his wages as a migrant worker in internet cafes. In retrospect, perhaps he should have looked at a map while online.
Taking pity on the man, officers and tollbooth workers all chipped in to buy him a ticket back home — rather than force him bike the 2,450km back northeast.
So, that’s one way to get a free ride home.
[Images via Sina]
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