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

With suntanned skin and wearing Liberation shoes, Liu Lingchao is walking forward quickly while c...


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 has about 20 kilometers more before arriving home. The 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 carrying woven bags filled with [discarded] water bottles on his shoulders as he walks on the road, his mobile “house” behind him.




Liu Linchao placing his portable “house” on the side of the road, resting.


Liu Linchao cooking a meal in his portable “house”.




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