Couple cover 30 countries and 40,000km in their campervan
A GLOBETROTTER with plenty of road holiday experience under his belt is Wang Renhe, 61.
He and his wife had driven extensively throughout China and Europe over the past 10 years - often in a caravan.
A joy of getting around in a house on wheels is waking up to different scenery every few days, he said.
"With a caravan, the world's best scenery is transformed into your back garden," said Mr Wang, a retired university professor from Nanjing, Jiangsu province.
Last year, he and his wife spent four months driving a campervan around Asia and Europe. They set off from China and drove nearly 40,000km, visiting about 30 countries.
"In the West, using a caravan is regarded as a cheap and convenient way of getting around but many Chinese seem to think that it is a preserve of the rich," he said.
"You see many couples touring in campervans in Europe. For older people who have a lot of time and money to spend, it can be an incredibly enriching experience."
Many Europeans they came across were amazed to see the Chinese flag on their campervan and even more astonished to find out that they had driven all the way from China.
The generosity of people whom they had met on their journeys also touched the couple.
When they encountered mechanical problems in Latvia, three mechanics spent seven hours doing repairs and refused to take payment, said Mr Wang.
The men eventually accepted 100 euros (S$150) as a form of his gratitude.
But the couple also encountered the darker side of human nature.
In Barcelona, Spain, they had their laptop, all of their cash and passports stolen.
The loss of the laptop was especially bitter as it stored documents of Wang's, including technical drawings of their campervan, which he designed himself, and a decade of memories in the form of photos the couple had taken.
CHINA DAILY/ASIA NEWS NETWORK