Once in a while you run across one of those extraordinary people who dare to make a big, crazy commitment and actually see it through. And sometimes after reaching that goal, they make yet another big and crazy commitment.

Christoph Rehage walked 4500 kilometers (2796 miles) through China. Turns out, that’s like walking between New York City and San Francisco. No quick bus rides, bicycles or boats; he just put one foot in front of the other past the Gobe Desert.  After that amazing achievement, he walked another 1000 kilometers to Kazakhstan.

Fortunately for us, Christoph is an amazing writer, photographer and videographer, so in today’s EWC Saturday’s Around the World article, we get to take two interesting journeys through the expressions of a creative master walking across China.

Here’s what he says to introduce The Longest Walk 1.0:

“In 2008, I walked through China – one year, more than 4500km. All the while, I let my hair and my beard grow. This is the resulting video. It is made up of 1400 individual photographs and video clips. And it is dedicated to Teacher Xie, a man who has been walking through China for more than thirty years now.” 1

Let’s have a look at an amazing take on this feat:

Fabulous creativity there. Really strange and wonderful, in an exhaustively dusty and dirty sort of a way.

Walking across China 2.0…

And then Christoph returned to make another completely different kind of film. Here’s what he said:

“In the summers of 2010 and 2012, I went back to Ürümqi to continue my walk home. I walked 500km to Usu, then another 500km to Khorgas, which is exactly on the border to Kazakhstan. The resulting video is very different from The Longest Way 1.0 – this time, you will see snakes, camels, tunnels and a dance. But (almost) no beards.” 3

Here’s the film from his next journey through an entirely different landscape, with a different set of challenges:

Thought provoking on many levels.

Why? How? What next?

It turns out there is a lot more to Christoph’s work. His website is a wonderful place to start to answer those questions. It’s really worth a long look. You can find that at ChristophRehage.com .

And if you like travel writing, and in fact prefer it to actually slogging about the challenging corners of our planet, Christoph has a blog where he reviews travel books. I happen to love that genre, and he does a great job pointing us to some of the best among them. You can take a look at that at BookSlap.com!

One last step…

I wondered what life looks like if you are walking through the Gobe desert along lonely roadways, never accepting a ride to the nearest town for the night. Then I found a short video Christoph put together in a fun way to show us how that worked:

Well, that’s our little EWC travel adventure for this Saturday. I’ve gotta walk down to the mailbox and pretend I get some exercise from that.

Stay open, curious and hopeful!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. Rehage, Christopher. “Moving Things | Christoph Rehage.” Christoph Rehage. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2015. <http://christophrehage.com/films/>.
  2. Rehage, Christopher. “The Longest Way 1.0 – Walk through China and Grow a Beard! – a Photo Every Day Timelapse.” YouTube. Christoph Rehage, 20 Mar. 2009. Web. 04 Dec. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ky6vgQfU24>.
  3. Rehage, Christopher. “Moving Things | Christoph Rehage.” Christoph Rehage. N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Dec. 2015. <http://christophrehage.com/films/>.
  4. Rehage, Christopher. “The Longest Way 2.0 – Back to Xinjiang.” YouTube. Christoph Rehage, 14 Aug. 2013. Web. 4 Dec. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TXYrLjeH-ig>.
  5. Rehage, Christopher. “TLW 092 “Xinjiang Morning Tent Routine” Timelapse.”YouTube. Christoph Rehage, 30 Sept. 2008. Web. 4 Dec. 2015. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8UXt8MwxH8>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.