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Chinese student embarks on 52 nation road trip before college ... and Dad’s coming, too

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 2:25pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 31 May, 2017, 2:25pm

A father in eastern China is sending his daughter off to college on an adventure – a nine-month road trip all the way to the United States.

Huang Haitao is embarking on the journey with his daughter, Huang Xinyi, driving across 52 countries in time for her first day at Seattle University, the Yangtse Evening Post reported.

Along the way, they will also visit about 100 colleges and universities around the globe, helping them to understand the local environment and customs.

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“We will go to every school to talk to local students, or Chinese students studying abroad, and will listen to one or two classes,” Huang Xinyi, an aspiring sociology major, was quoted as saying.

The father-daughter duo are beginning their trip in Nanjing in Jiangsu province, with the country’s Southeast University the first stop on their tour.

Their plan is to drive through countries including Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Turkey, then enter Europe and head for Britain. Once there, they will check-in their four-wheel drive and travel on to the United Sates, including trips to Canada and Mexico.

The father and daughter pair previously travelled some 120,000 km together with Huang’s wife and niece as a part of a promotion for the Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing in 2014.

That 300-day trip took them through 30 provinces in China, plus into Asia and Europe and as far north as the Arctic.

With their previous road trip experiences in mind, they said they have planned out each day meticulously.

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The pair will face numerous hurdles on their journey, including obtaining visas for all the places they travel through and navigating language barriers and foreign roads.

But both are full of hope for their journey, with the younger Huang quoted as saying: “The world is so large. At the same time we are seeing the world, we should also use our own efforts to help the world understand China, giving this trip more meaning.”