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Drivers arrive in Shanghai from Portugal

FOUR Portuguese drivers are due to arrive in Shanghai this afternoon after a 16,000-kilometer overland trip through Europe and central Asia to China.

Riding in two sport utility vehicles filled with gear, they left Portugal's central city of Leiria on May 1, and were due to arrive at People's Square in Shanghai at 4pm.

The five-week trip makes it possible for them to celebrate Portugal's Pavilion Day tomorrow.

The quartet drove along the route taken by Italian traveler Marco Polo during his odyssey to China in the late 13th century.

"The links between Portugal and China go back a long way. And it is precisely for this purpose that the trip will be carried out: with the intention of strengthening these relations, while permitting us to know other cultures on a journey that is expected to be fantastic in all aspects," they wrote on their Website before the start.

Afonso Cerejo came up with the idea as he lives in Jiangsu Province's Changzhou city.

The other three team members are Rui Gaspar, 54, Luis Abreu, 48, Joao Caiado, 26.

The expedition team traveled across 13 countries in almost 40 days.


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