Michael & Xuelin Bates are currently walking 500km from Hangzhou to Wenzhou to raise funds for disabled children in China and War Child in the UK

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Finishing strong

Posted on September 16, 2019

‘To succeed in life in today’s world you must have the will and tenacity to finish the job‘ Chin-Ning Chu (1947-2009) Chinese-American business consultant and author of ‘The Asian Mind Game’ Given that we have been on the road for a month and walking 25km a day in blistering temperatures, and evenings are spent writing […]

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Day28——Roots and Wings

Posted on September 15, 2019

Day28——ROOTS AND WINGS Today walk: 25.66 km/ 15.94 miles Total walk: 459.38 km/ 285.44 miles Today raised: ¥ 4,548.10     £ 0 Total raised:  ¥ 544,116.74 “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give ourchildren. One of these is roots, the other, is wings.” ——Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) Considered thegreatest German […]

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Day27——Farewell Qingtian

Posted on September 14, 2019

Day27——Farewell Qingtian Today walk: 25.56 km/ 15.88 miles Total walk: 433.72 km/ 269.50 miles Today raised: ¥ 10,954.00     £ 0 Total raised:  ¥ 539,568.64 “If you are brave enough tosay goodbye life will reward you with a new hello.” —— Paul Coelho (Brazilianwriter) Qingtian is a city which had built its reputation on saying […]

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Day26——Moon Festival with ABC Kids

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Day26——MOON FESTIVAL WITH ABC KIDS Total walk: 408.16 km/ 253.61 miles  Today raised: ¥ 4,421.00       £ 0 Total raised:  ¥ 528,614.64 “Life is not about overtaking other people it is about overtaking yourself”  Staff message board at ABC Kids HQ It was a catch up day for Xuelin and I and a […]

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Day25——The Rice Fish of Qingtian

Posted on September 13, 2019

Day——THERICE FISH OF QINGTIAN Total walk: 408.16km/ 253.61 miles  Today raised: ¥ 11,254.00       £ 0 Total raised:  ¥ 524,193.64 ‘Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished’ ——Lao Tzu In the flooded terraced paddy fields in the mountains above Qingtian, fish swim gently in the shade of the rice plants. It sounds like […]

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Day24——When the going gets tough….

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Day24——When The Going Gets Tough…. Today walk: 24.78 km/ 15.39 miles Total walk: 408.16km/ 253.61 miles  Today raised: ¥ 1,287.70     £ 0 Total raised:  ¥ 512,939.64 ‘Don’tconfuse your path for your destination’ Unattributed quote ——Wang Guozhen I am an optimist. I believe in a better tomorrow. Sometimes that optimism is tested and today was […]

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Day23——Qingtian Shimendong (Stone Gage)

Posted on September 11, 2019

Day23——QINGTIAN SHIMENDONG (STONE GAGE) Today walk: 31.32 km/ 19.46miles Total walk: 383.38 km/ 238.22 miles  Today raised: ¥ 1,721.00 Total raised:  ¥ 511,651.94 ‘As long as I will live I will hear waterfalls and birds and winds that sing’ —— John Muir (1938-1914) Scottish born naturalist and writer who inspired the founding of national parks […]

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Day22——Para-sport: Golden Zhejiang

Posted on September 9, 2019

Day22——PARA-SPORT: GOLDEN ZHEJIANG Today walk: 28.34 km/ 17.60miles Total walk: 352.06 km/ 218.75 miles Today raised: ¥18,754.24 Total raised:  ¥ 509,930.94 “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do”. (Carl Jung, Swiss psychiatrist–1875-1961) In sport we all love to see our home team do well: It had been a tough weekend for […]

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Day 21——Two Paths–A Reflection

Posted on September 8, 2019

Day21——Two Paths–A Reflection Total walk: 343.47km/  213.42miles Today raised: ¥2,438.66 Total raised:  ¥ 491,176.70 “I shall be telling this witha sigh. Somewhere ages and ageshence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, Andthat has made all the difference.” ——Robert Frost (American poet 1874-1963)–quote from The Road NotTaken […]

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Day20——Art for Arts Sake

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Day20——ART FOR ARTS SAKE “Art allows us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” Thomas Merton (1915-1968)–American theologian and poet. I confess I had never heard of the Barbizon School of Art until introduced to it by local artist, Lei Jianhua who welcomed us to Guyan Huaxiang also known as ‘Painters Town’. […]

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Day19——Mountains and Tunnels

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Day19——MOUNTAINS AND TUNNELS Today walk: 28.73 km/ 17.85miles Total walk: 323.72 km/ 201.15 miles Today raised: ¥ 2,324.01 Total raised:  ¥ 491,176.70 “As the pen rises from the page between words, so the walker’s feet rise and fall between paces, and as the deer continues to run as it bounds from the earth and the […]

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Day18——Love between the Sky and the Earth

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Day18——LOVE BETWEEN THE SKY AND THE EARTH Today walk: 27.57 km/ 17.13 miles Total walk: 294.99 km/ 183.29 miles Today raised: ¥ 301.00 Total raised:  ¥ 488,852.69   “Come forth into the light ofthings, Let Nature be your teacher. She has a world of ready wealth, Our mindsand hearts to bless. “ — William Wordsworth […]

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