A Chinese migrant who was too poor to buy a train ticket but determined to make it home for the Lunar New Year cycled more than 300 miles – before realizing he was going in the wrong direction.
The migrant had been travelling for 30 days after setting off from his workplace in the eastern Shandong province, believing he was heading north on a 1,000 mile journey towards his home in Heilongjiang. But the man had actually been travelling south and was stopped by traffic police for cycling on a motorway in China’s central-eastern province of Anhui when he was 310 miles off course.
The confused man told police that he could not read maps or road signs, and relied on asking people which direction he should be going. Most people told him the wrong way, media said. He had been living in Internet cafés during his gruelling trip, which was made during one of China’s coldest winters in years.
Online pictures showed the migrant being picked up by traffic police on the side of a motorway. The unnamed man was wearing a long green coat and he had what appeared to be a napkin on his head in an apparent attempt to keep him warm.
“We found it strange that someone was cycling on the motorway,” police told a local television station.
Police and toll station workers were said to have paid for a train ticket for the man to return home.
Many of China’s 282 million migrants are making the trip home ahead of Lunar New Year, which is on Saturday. About three billion trips are expected to be made across China during the peak 40-day period, including more than 350 million rail journeys and 58 million flights.
Source: The Telegraph