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Chinese farmer drives rickshaw across world to reach London for Olympics

London, Fri, 27 Jul 2012 ANI

London, July 27 (ANI): A Chinese farmer has claimed he rode his rickshaw from his village in China to London, traveling across the world during his trip, to spread the Olympic spirit.

Chen Guanming has said he undertook the two-year 87,000-mile journey on a rickshaw from China to come to Britain for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Guanming said he started his epic journey two years back, and had to face lots of difficulties to finally reach to London.

Over the next two years, Guanming cycled his three-wheel rickshaw through 16 countries, conquering floods, towering mountains, agonizing temperatures and war zones to be part of the Olympic story.

Guanming reveals how in Thailand, he confronted tormenting floods, and added was refused a visa to Burma, so he retraced his path and instead went through Tibet, where he pedaled his rickshaw up lofty mountains, over 20,000 feet high.

The farmer then cycled through Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran to Turkey, where he was snowed in for four days in below 22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Guanming has said he didn't complete this trip in greed of some kind of reward but for his support to the true Olympic spirit.

"I came to support and cheer all the people from all over the world who are participating in the sports," The New York Daily News quoted Guanming, as saying.

"I'm volunteering, I'm not looking for a reward," he added.

Olympic organizers awarded him a seat at the closing ceremony for his efforts, and Guanming also praised London for its hospitable nature.

"Londoners are very welcoming. This city is welcoming the whole world in a very nice way," Guanming said. (ANI)

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