When Pu Wei took his eight-year-old son Dou Ge on the trip of a lifetime, it wasn’t at all for fun and relaxation. Instead, it was a budget-tight journey that covered 700 kilometers across part of China so his son could learn early on one of the most important lessons in life.
The duo’s trip kicked off from the city of Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province in central China and headed to Lanzhou, capital of Gansu Province in northwest China, from there. They were on a 100-yuan budget, or around $15.
In their travel, the father-and-son came across people who lent them food and kindness, Shanghaiist reported. They labored in exchange for meals and accommodation. They also saved money by hitching at least 12 rides.
But odds were not always in their favor. They were rejected at times out of indifference and suspicion.
This might sound tough for a kid, but Pu revealed that the journey’s purpose is to give his son a taste of sweetness and bitterness early in life. He wrote:
“One gets hurt by indifference and misunderstanding, but don’t take it too hard. Now that you’ve understood the harm of indifference and misunderstanding, you will be more generous to others.”
Pu told Chinese media that his son was on it, Mashable said.
“Dou Ge is naturally curious, and every day during this trip, whenever I see how excited he is to discover new things, it pushes me forward to go on with the trip,” Pu assured.
For those who have known Pu, his travel may not be much of a surprise. He is known as an outdoor enthusiast, being the first Shaanxi man to scale Mount Everest.