Stu­dent bikes across China for fi rst day of col­lege

Global Times - - Mosaic -

A univer­sity fresh­man had a lot to cel­e­brate af­ter rid­ing 4,300 kilo­me­ters across China for the start of the new se­mes­ter.

Lin Jin­min, class of 2021 at Qiqi­har Med­i­cal Univer­sity, fi nished the epic trip in 22 days, trav­el­ing from his home in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion to its north­ern­most Hei­longjiang Prov­ince where the univer­sity cam­pus is lo­cated.

The route took the new med­i­cal stu­dent through nine prov­inces and two mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, end­ing at his col­lege cam­pus gate in Qiqi­har on Au­gust 22.

“I also stopped at ev­ery uni- ver­sity gate along the way for a photo,” said Lin.

A cy­cling en­thu­si­ast, Lin said he chose to bike the dis­tance in or­der to start his life in col­lege with an ad­ven­ture.

“You only get to reg­is­ter for univer­sity once,” he said, “It should be cel­e­brated in a unique way.”

Lin ex­plained the trip was wrought with ob­sta­cles from fl at tires to ex­treme weather. But he al­ways was able to fi nd a help­ing hand.

“Nice peo­ple dur­ing the trip have been re­ally help­ful,” said Lin, adding he will be the fi rst doc­tor in his fam­ily.

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