Nine-year-old girl cy­cles around Bo­hai Bay in 18 days

Changjiang Weekly - - SOCIETY - By Liu Chen­wei

Nine-year-old Huang Tianyuan and her fa­ther Huang Zaizhou set off on their bi­cy­cles from Wei­hai for their tour of Bo­hai Bay on July 3. They passed through Shan­dong, He­bei, Tian­jin, and Liaon­ing be­fore fi­nally ar­riv­ing in Dalian, tak­ing 18 days to fin­ish the 1,540-kilo­me­ter jour­ney. This won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence was a spe­cial gift from the fa­ther for his daugh­ter's 10th birth­day.

Huang Zaizhou started to do some train­ing with his daugh­ter in March, rid­ing along East Lake Green­way ev­ery week­end. Six months prior to their de­par­ture, they rode for about 31 kilo­me­ters ev­ery day be­tween their home and Jiny­inhu Wet­land Park.

On July 2, Huang and his daugh­ter tooka train to Wei­hai,

car­ry­ing nearly 100 kilo­grams of lug­gage with them. He said that in ad­di­tion to cloth­ing, a drone, and bike re­pair tools, they also took­var­i­ous kinds of medicine in case of der­mati­tis, abra­sions, heat stroke, di­ar­rhea, and mos­quito bites along the jour­ney.

They of­ten grabbed a quick bite of noo­dles or dumplings from road­side food stands. When his daugh­ter com­plained or felt tired, Huang would cheer her up by telling her his own child­hood sto­ries. Af­ter some days' rid­ing, she had stopped cry­ing be­cause of pain or hard­ship.

Huang hopes that this pre­cious ex­pe­ri­ence will be­come the most beau­ti­ful mem­ory in his daugh­ter's life.

Huang Tianyuan on the jour­ney

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