A Chinese man wanted to teach his son about life’s hardships and the importance of being humble and kind.
Instead of illustrating it or long lectures, he decided to take his 8-year old son on a backpacking trip with only 100 yuan ($15) in their pockets.
Pu Wei and his 8-year-old son, Dou Ge, left their home in Xi’an, China and went on a seven-day trip that would end in Lanzhou.
Pu Wei is not a stranger to adventure. He is known to be an outdoor enthusiast and is a minor celebrity in his hometown. He is most popular for being the first Chinese man from Shaanxi to have climbed Mount Everest.
Pu Wei was naturally excited. And to his delight, his son was excited and enthusiastic, too. According to Pu, his son was a great source of support during the trip.
“Dou Ge is naturally curious, and every day during this trip, whenever I see how excited he is to discover new things, it pushes me forward to go on with the trip,” Pu said.
Pu has a Weibo account and updated it on a daily basis during their trip. He posted pictures of their father-son bonding, what they were doing, and how much they have already spent.
Pu Wei and Dou Ge worked hard labor during the trip. They needed to work in return for a roof over their head. They said many strangers offered them food and free rides, which he and Dou Ge gladly appreciates.
The father-son duo traveled on foot or hitchhiked to go from one place to another. Together, they traveled a total distance of 600 km.
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