Chen Guanming, Chinese Farmer, Rides Rickshaw From China To London Olympics
LONDON -- London's Chinatown is hosting an unusual Olympic fan: A farmer who says he has cycled on a rickshaw all the way from China for the games.
Chen Guanming, 57, says he undertook the two-year trip to support the athletes and "spread the Olympic spirit." He's also seeking a last-minute ticket to attend Friday's opening ceremony.
He said Thursday his extraordinary journey began in April 2010 in his village in eastern China's Jiangsu province. Over the next two years, he said he covered 16 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey and Italy. He arrived in Britain by a ferry from France on July 6, he said.
His rickshaw, loaded with his possessions, is plastered with pictures of him posing in front of international landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.