THIRTY-five thousand kilometres after Du Fengyan climbed on to his bicycle in China he arrived in Cape Town. It took him two years, pedalling through 22 countries across South-East Asia, the Middle East and Africa, to arrive in the Mother City last week. He has wanted to travel the world on a bicycle since he was a child.

PICTURE: TRACEY ADAMSWILD RIDE Yang Huaiyu, left, and Du Fengyan arrive in Cape Town after cycling 35 000km from China  SOUTH AFRICA

“Riding a bicycle is free and you can stop anywhere,” said Du.

Du saved for two years and quit his job as a network engineer in Beijing in 2011. He built his own travel bike and left with 70kg of luggage – a GPS, clothes, cooking and camping equipment, medical supplies, $3 000 (about R30 000) and two good luck charms from friends.

He crossed over the 5 600m high Mila mountain pass in Tibet, cycled though Vietnam during the rainy season, the low, flat plains of Cambodia, slept in temples in Thailand, and in India he spent six months volunteering as a kung fu teacher in an orphanage. Since he could not obtain a Pakistani visa, he flew from Mumbai to Shiraz, Iran, and then continued cycling over the steep hills of Armenia, through Georgia and Turkey and arrived during Ramadaan last year in Jordan. “When you have trouble, you go to the mosque,” said Du.

He slept in mosques and the locals shared their food and Arabic tea with him in the evenings. Du and his bicycle were ferried across the Red Sea to Egypt a year ago, where a police car followed him for protection and he slept at soldiers’ checkpoints from town to town. In Egypt a teenager pulled out a knife and demanded money. Du stared at him and the boy dropped the knife and ran.

He met a cyclist in Addis who was also from China and told him of 22year-oldHuaiyu Yang, who left China in 2012, and was also making his way through Africa by bike. Du and Yang crossed paths in Kenya. As they speak the same language and enjoyed the same food, they decided to cycle together. “Two guys cycling together through Africa is better,” said Yang, who arrived in Cape Town with Du. It was also safer sleeping in the bush as a pair.

They saw lions and zebra while crossing the Serengeti National Park and encountered hyenas while camping in the wild in Tanzania.

They cycled through Malawi into Zambia and eventually entered South Africa through Namibia. They spent 10 days travelling down the West Coast.

“It was beautiful, green, with colourful flowers,” said Du. “(Cape Town) is like heaven,” he added.

Both cyclists said their journey had changed them. “The difficulties in life are not so difficult compared to the difficulties on the road,” said Du.

He said he had a broader perspective of the world and has learnt that one must always have hope.

“When you are in trouble there will always be good people to help you. We always have hope.”

They leave Cape Town today for Joburg by bus and fly back to China next week.

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  • 行者小宇 回应于2013/10/18 18:18 回复TA

    哥们儿你火了

  • Keroro-军曹 回应于2013/10/18 18:19 回复TA

    有伴啦.?

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/18 18:19 回复TA

    回复@行者小宇:只是碰巧遇到了。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/18 18:20 回复TA

    @杨烦啦

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    哇~两个帅小伙

  • 行者小宇 回应于2013/10/18 18:26 回复TA

    回复@杜风彦:回来你就火洛

  • CHANEIJ12 回应于2013/10/18 18:27 回复TA

    兄弟,这是国际新闻啊!!!!!!

  • 李云台的庄稼汉 回应于2013/10/18 18:29 回复TA

    是否算功成名就?

  • 貓鱻 回应于2013/10/18 18:38 回复TA

    哇~这多风光啊,为我们中国人长脸啊(大笑)

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    好美的笑容。[哈哈]

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    想要不妄此生,才能不妄此生!

  • 温柔爱旅行 回应于2013/10/18 20:24 回复TA

    期待你能出书,纪念这段青春,我也好膜拜下(大笑)

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/18 20:28 回复TA

    回复@温柔爱旅行:呵呵,慢慢来吧,慢慢酝酿。

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  • Sam无予 回应于2013/10/18 22:49 回复TA

    大神啊(哭)

  • 燃烧巴我的小宇宙 回应于2013/10/18 23:08 回复TA

    [赞]

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    另外那个是?

  • 金合欢树下 回应于2013/10/19 00:58 回复TA

    哥们,你终于红了[哈哈]我已回国,你却还奔走在非洲的骑行路上。

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  • 金合欢树下 回应于2013/10/19 01:14 回复TA

    回复@牧羊人步迹:楼主路上遇到的的,另一名骑行非洲的驴友,杨怀玉[哈哈]

  • 艾新0127 回应于2013/10/19 01:49 回复TA

    帮转了~期待你的来自美洲的照片啊

  • 台灣老紀 回应于2013/10/19 01:50 回复TA

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  • 北子岛 回应于2013/10/19 05:24 回复TA

    打算什么时候到约堡

  • xindreamer 回应于2013/10/19 06:52 回复TA

    完了。。看不懂

  • vikkicai 回应于2013/10/19 07:06 回复TA

    一路顺风哦

  • 幽然花影_Liu 回应于2013/10/19 15:00 回复TA

    我想说的是杜大哥,我可有你的亲笔签名呀!!!哇哈哈哈哈哈哈!!!看到了没?看到了没?[哈哈][哈哈][哈哈]

  • 雁归来_ 回应于2013/10/19 17:42 回复TA

    强人

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:18 回复TA

    回复@幽然花影_Liu:哈哈,当然知道啊,不过我的签名也没啥价值啊,我们又不是明星。哈哈。你想要我再多给您签几个。只要不让我签信用卡账单就行。哈哈。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:21 回复TA

    回复@vikkicai:谢谢啊!太仓促,也没见面,祝您在南非的旅途顺利愉快!

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:21 回复TA

    回复@xindreamer:。。。。你需要学习英语了。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:22 回复TA

    回复@北子岛:今天刚到约堡,昨天下午的客车,开了一个晚上加半天。住在南非海信。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:23 回复TA

    回复@荣青同学:哈哈,我又没出名,这些东西见面要多少给你多少。小意思。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:23 回复TA

    回复@台灣老紀:谢谢老纪,继续努力!

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:23 回复TA

    回复@艾新0127:我也希望能早日成行啊,谢谢兄弟!

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:24 回复TA

    回复@金合欢树下:哈哈,正解。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:24 回复TA

    回复@葡萄牙的瓶中阳光:呵呵,又在旅途了?

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:24 回复TA

    回复@金合欢树下:呵呵,我也即将回国,也没红啊,一直都是晒的很黑的啊。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:25 回复TA

    回复@燃烧巴我的小宇宙:呵呵。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:25 回复TA

    回复@Sam无予:您才是大神啊!赶紧请教下南非的花草。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/19 23:26 回复TA

    回复@温柔爱旅行:慢慢来吧,谢谢啦!

  • Sam无予 回应于2013/10/19 23:37 回复TA

    回复@杜风彦:我看了,我对中国的植物,也只是略知一二,非洲的植物很不一样,在国内都没见过,我根本不认识。感兴趣的话,可以去书店看看,我见到过介绍南非花卉的书。

  • 金合欢树下 回应于2013/10/19 23:44 回复TA

    回复@杜风彦:一路顺利,下次争取再骑行美洲去

  • 葡萄牙的瓶中阳光 回应于2013/10/20 00:01 回复TA

    回复@杜风彦:en...

  • 幽然花影_Liu 回应于2013/10/20 00:06 回复TA

    回复@杜风彦:哈哈哈,谁说没价值?我还得把它永远珍藏起来[哈哈][哈哈][哈哈]

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/20 02:38 回复TA

    回复@Sam无予:我也见到过书,看来只能看书来慢慢认识了。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/20 02:39 回复TA

    回复@金合欢树下:呵呵,我也期望。

  • 杜风彦 回应于2013/10/20 02:39 回复TA

    回复@葡萄牙的瓶中阳光:祝一切顺利!

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