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The Longest Way: Walk Through China and Grow a Beard… A Photo Every Day

By Nogarlicnoonions @nogarlicnoonion

In 2008, Christoph Rehage walked through China – one year, more than 4500km. All the while, he let his hair and his beard grow. This is the resulting video.

Additional info:

  • He never finished his original goal of walking to Germany. Instead, he walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking for now
  • All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see him in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks he had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things
  • Christoph had been planning this trip for over a year before he even started, and getting as far as he got was an experience for which he is very grateful
  • Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence he had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues
  • This is not a strict “1 pic a day” video, because he wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would find him turn around, or something would happen in the background. He tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting
  • The core of this project is on the blog where he has posted my extensive travel diary, starting from day 1 (Nov 9th 2007) and describing every single day until the end one year later

If you have any additional questions, refer to:

  • http://www.thelongestway.com/frequent…
  • http://www.thelongestway.com/extras/m…


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