Around Taiwan by bike, with toddler in tow
A MAN from Hong Kong took his three-year-old daughter on an 11-day cycling trip around Taiwan, as a gift to the girl and himself before she entered kindergarten.
The doting father, Marco Wong, towed the toddler, Xiaoyue, in a special trailer attached to his bicycle, reported Hong Kong's Apple Daily.
The duo went cycling for as many as 11 hours per day, exploring three-quarters of Taiwan, including Hualien, Taitung, Kaohsiung and Taoyuan.
The 40-year-old posted pictures on Facebook of the pair enjoying various activities on their trip from May 4 to Thursday.
He called the little trip "a father's romance" and wrote that the journey had moved him in a way that he seldom felt aside from work.
"You get only one life. When children grow up, you can't do it all over again," he wrote in Chinese.
He said that it was actually "very tough" to cycle such a long distance with the trailer, which weighed more than 10kg. But the quality time they spent together and the memories they created made it all worthwhile.
Heartwarming shots of the pair show them visiting fields of flowers, having ice cream and adjusting each other's helmets. The little girl even saw a scarecrow on her first train ride. It is understood that he took the photos using a tripod and the timer on his camera.
Mr Wong, who is a social worker, told the newspaper he rarely has time to be with his family.
"My daughter will be in kindergarten in September, so I wanted to give her a present in the form of a journey that belongs to just the two of us."