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Kung fu guy's African roadtrip

By Deng Zhangyu ( China Daily Africa)

At a time many urbanites around the world are being pushed to take to the bicycle amidst rising awareness about the environment and physical fitness, Du Fenyan's ambition extends to far, far more.

He has spent nearly two years riding through 22 countries across most of Africa and parts of Asia, enjoying an experience he will never forget.

When Du cycled on country roads in Ethiopia, his ears were bombarded with passionate greetings from local people who called him Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan or Jet Lee, the three most popular and recognizable martial art masters in the remote African countryside.

"They always asked questions like whether Bruce Lee was still alive as they just watched him on TV the day before," laughs the 27-year-old Du, whose face looks healthy and tanned from the hundreds of days he has spent biking in the open air.

These kinds of things happened so often that Du got used to them, and sometimes he even agreed to perform martial art for the locals. Perhaps he was the first kung fu guy to ride a bike across two continents.

For three years before embarking on his African journey in August 2011, the young rider learned one of the three main Chinese martial arts of the Wudang school, bagua zhang, which literally means "eight trigram palm". He also learned some shaolin kung fu as his hometown in Shandong province is known for that martial art.

Some men in Ethiopia wanted to challenge Du to kung fu, but after he took up his pose they changed their minds and just edged close enough to touch his arm before running off.

Du often won "fights" that way. He says it was the same when people tried to steal his belongings while he was on the road.

"I just needed to put on a good pose and stare into their eyes and they'd be scared and run away, whether they were just being friendly or were real thieves."

Du started his journey in 2011 from Nanning, a city in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region in South China. He rode from Thailand to India, then to the Middle East, and through Egypt into Africa in September last year.

The biggest impression Africa made on Du was that China was everywhere, from road construction sites to installing electrical equipment to daily necessities. Most Africans, he says, knew more about China than other countries and they always welcomed him warmly.

"I was invited to people's houses as an honored guest, sometimes to attend weddings or festival parties," he says.

In Sudan and Ethiopia, people called Du "China". To his surprise, they called all foreigners "China" because the Chinese workers helping them build roads and infrastructure projects were the only foreigners they had ever met.

Du's two-month stay in Ethiopia was the longest of his journey. He says in Ethiopia he went anywhere there was a road. He even learned a little Amharic, the local language. People there told him that China had helped them a great deal in building infrastructure, whereas some countries just want to take the country's resources without giving anything back.

And if Du had a problem or needed somewhere to sleep in an African city, he could easily turn for help to Chinese people working there.

"I loved meeting different people and seeing their various lifestyles," he says. "And I loved seeing beautiful scenes that some people may never have the chance to see."

Once when he was camping in the wild, he woke one morning to find many deep footprints and elephant droppings in front of his tent. He was also confronted while in bed by two wolfdogs staring at him.

He even rode across a wild national park in Namibia, which the natives dare not do because of the many beasts of prey there.

"When I recall all these experiences, I feel afraid. But I felt no fear at the time."

Watching movies on his laptop, collecting music from the places he has visited and posting pictures online were his only entertainment on the road.

The two-year journey cost Du about 40,000 yuan ($6,560). This included four flights and buying a camera. About 10,000 yuan came from donations from people he met on his journey.

One man he met in Djibouti gave him $400 and bought him several meals because, he said, people had done similar things for him when he was riding a bike through Europe.

Du was born into a farming family in Heze in Shangdong province. He is the second of five children. His family and friends strongly opposed his decision to resign from a Beijing-based package company where he worked as an IT engineer. His family's neighbors called him a loafer.

"I just wanted to realize my childhood dream while I was still young," Du says. "I didn't think too much about anything else."

During his two-year journey, Du rode about 3,500 kilometers, according to his stopwatch.

He chose to spend so much of that time in Africa for the simple reason that visas to most countries there are cheap and easy to obtain.

When he came back to China from his final African destination, Cape Town, what happened in those two years felt like a dream. But he realizes he made a spiritual fortune in Africa.

"No matter how desperate I might feel in the future, as long as I think of the joy of riding on all those roads, I will regain my energy," he says.

Du says more and more Chinese young people will explore the world by cycling. He met many while he was in Africa. And there is always the possibility that he will make another cycling journey one day.

dengzhangyu@chinadaily.com.cn

Kung fu guy's African roadtrip

Du Fengyan with children around Lake Malawi. The Chinese cyclist rode through 22 countries across most of Africa and parts of Asia. Provided to China Daily

Kung fu guy's African roadtrip

from:http://africa.chinadaily.com.cn/weekly/2013-11/08/content_17090978.htm

骑行非洲 - 中国八零后小伙儿两年多骑行 22 个国家



■ 城市周刊记者 王洁 / 文 杜风彦 / 供图

这是一场“说走就走的旅行”。一位 25 岁的青年辞去工作,于 2011 年 8 月骑单车去非洲,今年 10 月底归来。两年时间中,他独自单车骑过了埃及、伊朗、印度、坦桑尼亚、土耳其等 22 个国家,历时两年零 2 个月,花费人民币约 4 万元,实现了自己人生的第一个梦想。

有人说,在如今旅游价格直线上涨的时侯,他的行为无论对个人梦想的实现,还是《旅游法》实施后的新思潮,无疑都极具价值。

  追溯:趁着年轻快启程

10 月 28 日,27 岁的杜风彦坐在尚都北塔的一家小店里,一边整理电脑里的照片,一边等待朋友的电话,略显疲惫的脸上还有几分焦虑:“昨晚几个朋友给我接风,给他们看了护照以后,记不得放在哪里了,他们正在帮我找。”

这本护照来之不易,上面有 22 个国家的签证,是杜风彦两年来骑行的轨迹。3 天前,他才从非洲归来,结束了这场长达两年的旅程,原本白皙的脸孔展显出一种健康的红色。

追溯:趁着年轻快启程

2011 年 8 月 3 日,本报曾做过《两个 80 后骑车去非洲》的报道。“明天,25 岁的杜风彦和 24 岁的郗光即将踏上前往非洲的旅程。上周,他们已将行李和自行车办理了托运;本周,两人将乘火车前往南宁,从那里开始骑自行车前往非洲的行程。”从那天起,他的旅程就开始了。

当年,《旅游法》并没有出台,旅游费用也尚未上涨,无论是自由行还是骑行运动都和跟旅游团的花费不差上下。因此,很多人更愿意选择跟随旅游团出游,这样比较方便省心。何况是出境游,还会遇到语言不通、食宿安排、安全保障等多种多样的问题。然而,当年年仅 25 岁的杜风彦辞去安逸的工作,带着重达 50 公斤的维修工具、衣物、露营用品、车辆备胎等行李,和同是骑行爱好者的郗光上路了。

今天,当他回忆起这个决定时,充满了骄傲和自豪。虽然行程一开始就和旅伴郗光兵分两路进行,他变成独自一人走完整个行程:“有想法要趁年轻尽快去实施。这一路我最大的收获就是——只要向前走、坚持不放弃,终究会有收获。”

奇遇:中国功夫吓退危险

一个人出行,不可避免遇到各种各样的困难。杜风彦边走边自学英语,克服语言障碍;一路上与非洲各地的“沙发客”联系,申请借住的地方;不断积累与寺庙、学校、警察局等公众场合打交道的经验,以便有安全的扎帐篷露营地……然而,总有一些危险难以避免。

骑行在埃塞俄比亚的一个村庄附近,在经过一段破路时,杜风彦忽然发现,身后有一个持刀的年轻人在追他,边追还边喊路边的两个同伙。虽然语言不通,但杜风彦警觉地发觉,路边树下的两个年轻人向他举起了石块做恐吓状。因为此前遇到过类似的遭遇,杜风彦意识到又一次遇到了打劫者,情况十分危急。

之所以有胆量单骑走非洲,杜风彦还有一个不为人知的秘密——他本人是中国武术八卦掌第六代传人,会不少功夫。这不但能让他一路与人切磋,还是强身健体的法宝。这一次,他一边加快骑车的速度,一边运足底气朝路边人狠狠瞪过去。俗话说“邪不压正”,这句话走遍全球都适用,看到杜风彦犀利的目光,路边两个人顿时吓得丢下砖块,换上笑脸跟他问候:“Hello!”

感动:让温暖传递下去

杜风彦当初对此行的预算是 3 万元人民币,然而这仅仅是一路上简单吃住和各国签证所需的基本费用。路上他还曾遭遇过撞车、修车、滞留等问题,都需要不少开销,他是如何支付呢?

“节省开支,没钱时就挣钱。”这是杜风彦的回答。他在埃及帮旅游团拍照,在印度为当地“冲浪节”拍摄并制作视频,虽然收入不多,但只要管吃管住,他就很满足。

让他记忆深刻的是,一天早上,他骑行到吉布提东部的吉布提城市边缘,一位开着私家车的当地人停下车来跟他打招呼。在闲聊中,杜风彦得知这位当地人叫“瓦贝里”,十分喜爱中国文化,是个“中国通”,他自己的儿子也在北京人民大学读书,所以两人交流得十分开心。得知杜风彦没吃早点,瓦贝里还热情地拿出自己刚买的牛奶面包送给杜风彦。

中午,在吉布提市区,他们奇迹般地又相遇了。瓦贝里不但热情地请杜风彦共进午餐,还邀请他到自己家中做客。在他的家中,杜风彦惊奇地发现瓦贝里的家具好多都是中式的,还喜欢饮用中国的茶叶。临别时,瓦贝里拿出了 400 美金赠送给杜风彦,并向他讲述了自己的故事。

原来,这位吉布提人年轻时也曾独自走过欧洲,当他钱财花尽走投无路时,一位欧洲当地人曾经赠送过他 100 美金,这让瓦贝里非常感恩,铭记在心。如今,他希望能够帮助杜风彦,让这异国他乡的温暖传递下去。盛情难却下,杜风彦接受了他的诚意,当场写了张借条,并保证:“一定让温暖传递下去。”

        收获:万水千山总是情

虽然一路上格外辛苦,杜风彦遭遇过暴雨、车祸、抢劫等苦难,但他认为,收获总比困难多。

在纳米比亚北部的野生动物保护区,一天野外露营起床走出帐篷,杜风彦惊呆了——帐篷四周全是大象的巨大脚印和粪便。原来,头天晚上有象群经过,幸运的是,他们竟然懂得绕开孤零零的帐篷。而旅途疲惫的杜风彦,居然对帐篷外的动静毫无感觉。

在伊朗,他感受到了伊朗人别具一格的热情好客。经常会有路人问他需不需要帮助、借宿等,还会有当地人邀请他到自己家中吃饭。杜风彦曾经在接受了一个当地人的邀请后,又接连接到他的姑姑、姨妈、姐姐等亲戚的邀请,“走一圈下来要花半个多月,我都会说当地的波斯语了。”他笑着说。

骑行的越久,他的事迹在当地流传得也越广。不少当地媒体纷纷采访他的经历,杜风彦的英语水平也越来越好,不但可以无障碍交流,还可以应邀书写一些网站的提问。他的“骑行哥”形象不断出现在当地的网络、电视、杂志上,经常会有陌生人喊出他的名字、跟他打招呼,还会有孩子开心地尾随他的自行车奔跑。他也曾到当地学校,用英文跟孩子们做演讲,讲述自己的旅途故事和梦想。“这一路,我看到人们各种各样的生活方式,做着自己想做的事,欣赏大自然美景,很开心。”

打算:为热爱自由的人服务

10 月 24 日,杜风彦结束了长达 2 年的骑行生活,回到了北京。他的许多朋友,包括一直在微博上关注他的粉丝,纷纷前来给他接风,把他当做英雄。

在北京做了简短的停留,11 月 1 日,杜风彦启程回到山东老家看望父母。这一路上,最担心他的人就是父母,他也感觉很愧对家人,打算先跟父母团聚。

谈到下一步的打算,杜风彦很爽朗,他表示自己有三个愿望。当前最想做的事是能够筹钱给索马里当地的一个小学建一间教室,“当地的孩子蹲在草棚里上课,希望他们有一间明亮的大教室。”

其次,他希望能够给非洲的孩子们捐献一批足球,“他们把塑料袋装进袜子里,裹成足球去踢。希望他们能够开心地踢上真正的足球。”

第三个愿望,是杜风彦对自己人生的规划。他坦言,短时间内自己不会再做这样的长途旅行。但是从一路上的经验来看,热爱骑行者大有人在,而且随着《新旅游法》的颁布,旅游的费用直线上升,骑行和自由行等方式将成为越来越多年轻人的选择。杜风彦希望用自己的经验为他们服务,比如用越境卡车提供补给、安全防护等,并沿途追随骑行者,“这在国外很流行,目前国内还没有。”

 花絮:“失踪”队友的行踪

本报两年前的报道是“两个 80 后”一起出发,那么杜风彦的队友哪里去了呢?为什么变成他的独自旅行了呢?原来,在启程时,就是杜风彦一个人先出发的,“因为我们有东西落在北京, 我们约好,他等东西到了再出发,在越南汇合。”

然而,在越南和柬埔寨的短暂回合后,因为队友郗光很快在泰国遇到了一名女旅行爱好者,两人志同道合,决定从印度直接飞往埃及旅行。就这样,杜风彦开始了独自骑行的旅程……

“护照找到了!” 杜风彦接到朋友的电话,立刻变得开心起来,“接下来我也打算找个女朋友了,让爸妈放心!”

■ 链接

杜风彦骑行国家(按照骑行顺序)

越南,柬埔寨,泰国,印度,伊朗,亚美尼亚,格鲁吉亚,土耳其,约旦,埃及,苏丹,埃塞俄比亚,吉布提,索马里兰,肯尼亚,乌干达,卢旺达,坦桑尼亚,赞比亚,纳米比亚,南非

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