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Man Spends 5 Years Walking Home Carrying His ‘House’ on His Back

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.
Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.
May 21, on the Liucheng County stretch of the 209 National Highway in Guangxi Liuzhou city, Liu Lingchao carrying his mobile “home” on his shoulders as he walks on the road.

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Guangxi Man Spends 5 Years Carrying “House” on Shoulders Throughout Journey Home

With suntanned skin and wearing Liberation shoes, Liu Lingchao is walking forward quickly while carrying a 1.5 meters wide, 2.2 meters tall “house” on his shoulders. After walking about 50 meters, he puts down his “house”, retraces his steps picking up discarded water bottles, sorts and places them in several woven bags, then lifts up his “house”, repeating this over and over again. 38-year-old Liu Lingchao is from Guangxi province Liuzhou city Rong’an county Tantou town. 20 years ago, he left his hometown to find work in the Guangzhou and Shenzhen area. After the idea of returning home came to him 5 years ago, he made a 60kg simple house like this, and departed from Guangdong walking towards his hometown. Along the way, Liu Lingchao refused to to accept anyone’s help, relying only on collecting discarded waste for a living, carrying his “house” forward on his journey by day, and camping out by the side of the road at night. He has already worn out three such “houses”, and today only has about 20 kilometers more before arriving home. This reporter learned that there indeed is such a person from the town of Tantou in RongAn county, whose family lives in Longcun village in Longcheng. From Xinhua (Photos: Li Hanchi)

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.
Liu Lingchao carrying woven bags filled with [discarded] water bottles on his shoulders as he walks on the road, his mobile “house” behind him. From Xinhua (Photos: Li Hanchi)

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.
Liu Linchao placing his portable “house” on the side of the road, resting.
Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.
Liu Linchao cooking a meal in his portable “house”.

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.

Liu Lingchao, a Chinese man from Guangxi who has spent the past 5 years walking across the country on a journey back to his hometown carrying a portable "house" (makeshift shelter) on his shoulders, collecting recyclable garbage to make a living.

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腾讯网友 绿色心情 :

Aspiration Brother! Your spirit moves me!

腾讯网友 薄荷の浪子 :

Just look at how many ordinary common people have been hurt by China’s housing prices, so sad!

腾讯网友 曦 の晨 4分钟前 :

Brother, your house is worth more than Jackie Chan’s. I propose a kind-hearted real estate developer dedicate [give] a house to this brother!

腾讯郑州市网友 伊马当先 :

Every person has their own way [of living]. Maybe the way he has chosen is too primitive or simple. [But] I think he is also using his own actions to maintain his own dignity, which when compared to those more admirable than those people who look nice and clean on the surface but can only rely on the help of others or even by cheating others!

腾讯网友 I have no choice :

Why not buy a bus/train ticket home, and instead use kind of this method?

腾讯嘉兴市网友 天翼 :

However, this indeed is sad. It’s unbelievable that such a strong brother couldn’t earn enough for fare [home]. Maybe he has his own reasons or faith/belief…but either way, it’s still considered a strange act.

腾讯网友杭州市 小甜甜布兰妮 :

Just put four wheels under the house and you won’t have to be so tired anymore.

腾讯重庆市网友 ★珊☆ :

Only by being strong in one’s heart can one truly be strong. He’s very strong. He doesn’t accept help from others, relying on his own strength to complete his own dream. Although this dream is different from what we think a dream should be, he still accomplished his. This spirit is worth us learning from.

腾讯网友 远航扬帆 :

One’s homeland is always difficult to leave, as home is always the place one yearns for. No matter what kind of person you are, home will always be one’s harbor!

腾讯新疆网友:冷 暖自知 :

Given that he wants to go back home, don’t tell me he worked for twenty years and wasn’t even able to save money for a train/bus ticket home? I don’t believe it. A long-distance bus ticket should not be more than three hundred kuai, right? I have been to Guangxi, From Huizhou, it’s just 120 [RMB]. I truly can’t understand why he chose to walk home.

腾讯网友 宗霖 :

Is China rich? There are still many people like him.

腾讯网友 千山我行 :

Should have him go be a long-distance runner. Who knows, he might bring back a gold medal.

腾讯杭州市网友 善意的谎言 :

Editor/author, why don’t you ask him if he is happy?

腾讯嘉兴市网友 821059169 :

Sigh, I feel that this world is so unfair. Those who are rich, are too rich. Those who are poor, are too poor.

腾讯嘉兴市网友 1220730776 :

Worked for 20 years. Finally managed to buy a house and can return home. Such is life.

腾讯网友 0 :

No matter how power, one should have dignity. At the very least, this real experience is something that will be worth remembering for the rest of his life.

腾讯网友:740321822:

Actually, this is not only a problem of high housing prices, but also of the problem of unequal distribution of wealth and disparity in education between different areas. People who have knowledge [are educated] wouldn’t do this kind of thing, or maybe because his education level was insufficient to help him earn happiness [enough for a decent life] even after 20 years. There are many examples like this. China, jia you!

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