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Young Taiwanese cyclists ready for 40-day ride in China

2012/07/16 23:07:35

Beijing, July 16 (CNA) A group of 23 Taiwanese elementary and junior high school students are ready for a 3,200-kilometer-long ride in China that begins in Beijing on Tuesday, hoping to reach Xiamen in Fujian Province by late August.

The Taiwanese youngsters from a privately operated children's shelter in Yunlin County plan to complete the challenging ride in China in 40 days, said Taiwanese photographer Luo Han-lin, who will document the remarkable voyage with his camera.

The young cyclists will ride through Tianjin and other major cities in Hebei, Shandong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces.

In any city where they stop, the children, dubbed "bike angels" by Chinese media, will visit homes for the aged and shelters for the socially disadvantaged to boost morale, Luo said.

Sixteen-year-old Shih Si-wei said he completed a cross-Taiwan ride last year and was now the envy of his classmates because he could cycle in China and also travel to many new places.

(By Sophia Yeh and Elizabeth Hsu)