Beijing: A man in
China took his wheelchair-bound mother to the holiday destination
of her dream by undertaking an arduous 3,500 km journey on foot in
Fan Meng, 26, took his mother Kou Minjun all the way from Beijing
to Xishuangbanna prefecture, in Yunnan province. The act earned
him a widespread online appreciation, Xinhua reported.
The 3,500-km slog allowed Kou, suffering from infantile paralysis
and had not left Beijing for many years, fulfil a long cherished
dream of visiting Xishuangbanna about which she had learned
through TV programmes and newspapers.
But "without my son, I was afraid I could never have made it
here", she said.
Kou has been living with her only son, Fan, since being divorced
10 years ago. She depends on a combination of government subsidies
and relatives' help to make ends meet.
On July 11, the mother, the son, who resigned from his job as
salesperson in an electronics firm for her, and their pet dog left
their home in Beijing's Chaoyang district and started off their
The mother and son followed highways through the provinces of
Hebei, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou and Yunnan. To sleep, they
bunked down in their own tent or at cheap hotels.
They were treated for meals by many warm-hearted locals and
offered free hotel stays.
For security, Fan carried a knife to counter robbers. But he came
across kind people along the way. The trip cost him about 8,000
yuan (about $1,270).
As the trio arrived this Thursday, they were warmly welcomed by
residents' ethnic dances and songs.
Along the way, Fan kept a blog, which was avidly followed by
"I feel my son has become more mature along the journey," said the