Lyu Yangyao takes a rest on the roadside during the journey to Hulunbuir, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, at the end of July. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
After quitting her job as a graphic designer at a company in Beijing, Lyu Yangyao took a 24,000-kilometer journey by motorcycle scheduled to last 120 days.
Lyu, 35 and born in Daqing, Northeast China's Heilongjiang province, became interested in motorcycles in her childhood.
"Although I was a little girl, I thought it was really cool to ride on a motorcycle," she said. "In 2012, I learned how to ride, but I could only ride in suburban areas of Beijing."
Lyu Yangyao poses during the journey to Arxan, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, in August. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
At that time, she began to dream of riding around China.
"However, I had to work hard to make a living in the metropolis even though I didn't enjoy the life there at all," she said. "Every day I spent several hours on my way to work and then faced the computer for a whole day, which made me feel like a robot."
But at the end of May, when she saved up enough money to support her dream, Lyu sent a letter of resignation to her boss without hesitation.
Lyu Yangyao poses on her motorcycle during the journey to Dunhuang, Northwest China's Gansu Province, at the end of August. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
She spent 20,000 yuan ($2,849) buying and modifying a motorcycle and started her journey from Beijing on July 1.
She crossed the provinces of Hebei, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, the autonomous regions of Inner Mongolia and Ningxia, Gansu Province, the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Qinghai and Sichuan provinces, reaching Chonqing at the end of October.
Lyu Yangyao poses with her motorcycle during the journey to Hohhot, capital of North China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, in August. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
"I didn't tell my parents my plan until several days before my departure because I was afraid they would disagree with my decision out of concern for my safety," she said. "Fortunately, they agreed after I promised I would call them every day to let them know everything was fine."
"During my journeys, I enjoy the beautiful scenery and different landscapes, as well as different local cultures and traditions," she said. "However, I also encountered storms and terrible road conditions."
Lyu Yangyao poses during the journey to Dujiangyan, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, in September. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
During the trip from Heihe to Mohe in Heilongjiang Province in July, she spent more than five hours on a 150-kilometer road that was muddy because of heavy rain.
"It was really hard to ride and I fell down with my motorcycle several times," she said. "Fortunately, I wasn't injured seriously."
To save money and enjoy nature, she often lived in her tent.
Lyu Yangyao poses with her motorcycle during the journey to Zoige county, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, in September. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
"It was really unforgettable experience when I was awakened by a crowing rooster and got the chance to watch the sun rise at 3 am," she said.
"There were lots of people who provided help to me during the trip, which made me feel very warm," she said. "Furthermore, I also received praise and encouragement from strangers, which I will always remember."
"My plan is to finish a 50,000-kilometer journey around China, so I chose Chongqing as a stop to have a short-term rest," she said. "I will continue when I recover."
Lyu Yangyao poses with her motorcycle during the journey to Hongyuan County, Southwest China's Sichuan Province, in September. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
Lyu Yangyao reaches Northwest China's Qinghai Province in October. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
Lyu Yangyao chose Chongqing as a rest stop in November. [For chinadaily.com.cn]
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