Please give us a little money, we are in the middle of a dream trip across China.
A trio of Russian backpackers were spotted early on Sunday morning as they trekked along a highway in Chongqing, hoping to catch a ride.
The brave (but rather naive) young souls were in the middle of a whirlwind adventure. The three twentysomethings, two men and one woman, planned to hitchhike their way across the Middle Kingdom in just over a month. They had entered China roughly two weeks ago and had recently departed from Xinjiang.
Several passing drivers noticed the foreigners and notified the police, concerned for the travelers’ safety and well-being. The band of wanderers appeared exhausted in the heat, weighed down with their hefty backpacks.
Eventually, the group was picked up by local police and brought down to the station.
People’s Daily reports that the trio explained their predicament to the officials, describing how they had dreamed about traveling across China, but had limited funds to actually do so. In fact, they said that they had brought no money along with them to finance their journey and were simply living off the money they made by taking pictures with curious Chinese people.
Even though they were totally depleted of both funds and energy, the trio refused to give up on their dream, being dead-set on carrying on. They intend to travel to Guangzhou next and then go north to Beijing.
The police provided the backpackers with accommodations for the night, a meal and 100 yuan to help them out. Best of luck to you guys, we suppose.
Strangely enough, earlier in July, a Belgian couple on honeymoon were also picked up while trying to hitch a ride outside of Chongqing. The newlyweds were also on a trip across China, but had only budgeted 4,000 yuan for the trip and had run out of money. But hey, at least they brought SOME money with them
By Robin Winship
[Images via People’s Daily]