Graham read a book early last year called "Across China On Foot", written in
1910 by an Englishman named Edwin Dingle. He walked from Chungking southwest
through Sichuan and Yunnan to the Burmese border. It took him nine months,
he spoke no Chinese, the hotels were squalid, the scenery magnificent.
Graham thought: I could do better than that, I could walk from Shanghai, not
from Chungking. He started to plan the logistics and the walk. He is walking
to Lhasa, and is now (late May 2005) at Huzhou, in Zhejiang province,
southwest of the Tai Hu lake. Each time he walks, he starts from the place
he last stopped. So it is not contiuous as was Mr Dingle's. Still, it
sounds grand to say "I am walking from Shanghai to Lhasa", even if in
reality it is simply a series of Sunday strolls.
Click here to see an enlarged version of the map that show's Graham's progress so far...