CHINA A single father and 4-year-old daughter cycled over 4,000-kilometer in 71 days

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A single father and 4-year-old daughter cycled over 4,000-kilometer in 71 days

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11:19, July 06, 2020

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A single father cycled with his four-year-old daughter from South China’s Dongguan City to Lhasa, a Southwest Chinese city located on the Tibet Plateau. After 71 days, they managed to complete the over 4,000-kilometer journey recently with lessons of perseverance and sharing. 

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“I want to do something that can be recalled with excitement by my daughter and myself when we are old,” said the father Dou Haobei, who has extensive experience in long-distance cycling and once cycled to Lhasa in 2013. His daughter Doudou had to stay at home for long time after the kindergarten closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. He then planned this trip and asked for his daughter’s advice, only to find that she agreed very quickly.

They came across numerous difficulties after setting out on April 2, such as flat tires, rain and steep slopes. “This is a birthday gift for my 4-year-old daughter: a lesson of perseverance,” said Dou.

The father also recorded and shared their experience on Douyin, China’s Tik Tok along the way and got wide attention and kindness. They were surprised to find that many people gave them food when they passed by and they had unknown drivers light up the road for them at night. 

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In order to deliver the goodwill, Dou bought many painting tools and gave out to local children in the Tibetan area.

“There are a dozen high-altitude mountains between Dongguan and Lhasa and the 4,000-kilometer distance looks intimidating. But when you persist and walk step by step, you can finish it. So is your life,” Dou wrote in a letter to his daughter.

(Compiled by Ye Qian)

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