Losses and life lessons on a walk from Beijing to Germany

Rehage's tale is now in Chinese.

Christoph Rehage definitely took the path less travelled - all 4,646 kilometres of it. The 31-year-old Hanover-born university student started walking from Beijing, across deserts and mountain peaks, to Xinjiang in the autumn of 2007.

Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 7:45am

Hong Kong trio set for London to Mongolia rally

Panda team Natalie, Aaron and Jonathan. Photo: Jonathan Wong

As the Panda Express team, the three 26-year-olds will embark on an epic journey across a third of the world on July 13. And as the Mongol Rally website makes clear, it's an unsupported adventure that can be extremely dangerous.

2 Jun 2013 - 8:18am

Football veteran Willie Henderson in trek for cancer charity

Willie Henderson (left) arriving to play football in Hong Kong.

A former Scottish international footballer who played in Hong Kong during the 1970s has trekked 100 kilometres in Indonesia to honour his daughter, who died of cancer.

19 May 2013 - 7:42am 1 comment

Scottish adventurer sets out to break record for solo stay on remote Rockall

Remote Rockall in the North Atlantic, where Nick Hancock will spend two months in his homemade "survival pod".Photos: SCMP Pictures

An adventurer hoping to set a new endurance record by living alone for 60 days on Rockall, a storm-drenched rock in the Atlantic, was given a piece of advice by the last man who did so.

8 May 2013 - 2:56am

Hong Kong-based climber sets off on expedition to scale Mount Everest

Austrian-born Paul Niel and his team have set off on a nine-week long expedition to scale the famous mountain, which at 8,848 metres is the highest in the world. They will also make an attempt at Lhotse, the world's fourth-highest mountain.

21 Apr 2013 - 8:00am

Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt

Luxor tragedy puts safety of hot-air balloons in doubt. Photo: AFP

Although a journey by balloon has become one of the images most strongly associated with the film, this iconic symbol was never deployed in the book by Verne himself - the idea is briefly raised but dismissed, as it "would have been highly risky and, in any case, impossible".

3 Mar 2013 - 5:14am

Balloon tragedy holds painful lessons

Balloon tragedy holds painful lessons

Few of us can imagine the horror and disbelief of the tourists, nine from Hong Kong, caught up in the hot-air balloon disaster in Egypt. In an instant, an adventure of wonder and awe became a fight for life, one that circumstances meant was bound to end tragically. The grief and sorrow of the relatives and friends of all who perished are shared by us all, a reminder of how easily loved ones can be taken from us. Questions as to what happened abound and they need to be answered.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am 1 comment

How bike ride from Hong Kong to Paris changed four young men

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

They knew the destination was within touching distance and a few more hours of easy cycling on flat roads would bring to an end 7½ months of sweat and bustle. What remained would be a sense of achievement and sweet memories they could take pride in for life.

24 Dec 2012 - 9:28am 1 comment

Hong Kong cyclists complete epic journey to Paris

The four cyclists end their trip at the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Peter So

Four young Hongkongers arrived at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday, tired but elated after cycling 12,000 kilometres from their home city to Paris.

Their epic 7-1/2-month trip was to spread the message to young people that anyone can step out of their comfort zone and do something extraordinary.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:38am 1 comment

Go Grandriders woman recalls epic Taiwan scooter trip

Zhang Cheng leads a procession of ageing scooter riders during the epic road trip across Taiwan. Photo: SCMP

With her helmet fastened and wrapped in a wind jacket, silver-haired Zhang Cheng Ying-mei grips the accelerator of her scooter as she prepares to set off on a 1,178-kilometre road trip across Taiwan.

A crowd applauds the courage of the Taiwanese woman and 16 fellow riders at the starting point in Taichung city, west-central Taiwan.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:14am