Chinese students get their skates on ... all the way to Beijing

Pair travel over 500km on journey from college to capital

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 2:52pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 10 October, 2017, 3:52pm

Two college students spent more than five days skating over 500km from their university in Shandong province to Beijing.

The unnamed pair, who were both third-year students majoring in art at Jining University, started their journey on October 1, China’s National Day, Beijing Youth Daily reported.

They arrived in the capital on October 6, winning applause from some social media users for their determination.

Their stunt captured the public imagination after their university posted some of the pictures they took during the journey on Weibo, the country’s most popular social media network.

One of the duo said they had both been in-line skating enthusiasts at school and wanted to take advantage of the “Golden Week” holiday to go sightseeing in the capital, which neither of them had visited before.

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They carried only simple equipment, clothing and food with them on their 567km journey and followed a route calculated by a cycling app.

They spent the night at hotels along their route and wore out 12 sets of bearings on their in-line skates during their trek.

The endeavour also took its toll on them physically and one of the skaters said: “Every night when we took off the skates our feet were red and they hurt so much. But after a night’s rest we got much better and found the courage to continue.”

But not everyone who followed their journey applauded the effort and some social media users warned that roller skating was only allowed within certain areas.

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Using skates as a means of transport is banned on public highways and urban roads.

A traffic police officer in the capital told Beijing Youth Daily that the force would stop people from skating as a means of transport and impose a fine according to the law.

However the pair said they had not been stopped at any time during their journey.