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Graduate gets on his bike -- to London

A LOCAL university graduate hopes to cycle from Shanghai to London next year to promote a low-carbon lifestyle.

Zheng Sheng, 23, will travel through 10 countries, including Russia, Poland and Germany, in five months and is currently busy organizing his visas.

Many consulates, impressed by Zheng's initiative, have issued him with visas even though he doesn't have assets as a guarantee.

"I have dreamed of traveling around the world since I was a child," he said. "Now I want to follow my heart by realizing this dream and at the same time urge everyone to value the role cycling can play in environmental protection."

Zheng will set out in February and should cross the London finishing line in July. The distance is about 16,000 kilometers, and he will cover 120 to 160 kilometers a day.

While classmates are busy plunging into the job market following graduation, Zheng, a former student of University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, first wants to realize his dream before earning a living.

"Travelling will help me find what really interests me and help broaden my views and abilities," he said.

Zheng, who graduated in June, quit his job as a salesman to prepare for the journey.

But he is not worried about finding a job after he returns from his adventure.

"It won't be difficult for me to find a job," he said. "I have done a lot of part-time jobs during my college studies to support my cycling trips."

In 2008, after the earthquake in Sichuan Province, Zheng cycled to the region.

In the following two years, Zheng cycled to Jinggang Mountain in Jiangxi Province and Tibet, where he climbed 14 mountains and crossed seven rivers in 20 days.

However, Zheng expects his epic 16,000km expedition to Europe will be even tougher. "But I will stick to my plan and never give up," he vowed.


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