After more than a year on the road, two Britons returned to Beijing Saturday, ending their "Long March" made famous by the Chinese Red Army 69 years ago.
The Red Army embarked the 25,000-li (12,500-kilometer) march from 1934 to 1936 to transfer forces from areas in southern China a revolutionary base in northwest China's Shaanxi Province.
Ed Jocelyn and Andrew McEwen, who both worked in China prior to their trek, left Yudu County, east China's Jiangxi Province, from where the Red Army set out, on Oct. 16 last year, and reached Wuqi County, northern Shaanxi Province, on Nov. 3, where the army ended its march.
The travelers spent 384 days walking 6,120 kilometers across eight provinces and two autonomous regions.
They interviewed 10 Red Army veterans who took part in the Long March and recorded the lives of the people along the way with their pens and cameras.
McEwen and Jocelyn said they plan to hold a photograph exhibition next year on their new Long March.
(Xinhua News Agency November 8, 2003)