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Xiao Qiucheng arrives at Hong Kong on April 19, 2007.

"Without any dreams, one is wasting his life in vain; having a dream but not to try to fulfill it, one is only daydreaming."

Xiao Qiucheng, a 43-year-old man from central China's Henan Province, is on his march to pursue his dream of hiking across the country within 5 years.

The Hong Kong-based Ming Pao newspaper reports that Xiao Qiucheng has recently arrived in Hong Kong, completing a 6, 000-kilometer leg of his hiking journey.

Xiao Qiucheng started his tour at Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu Province, last October.

"Taking steps on your own feet is totally different from taking a ride, in terms of its meaning. You cannot reach your destination, even if you miss only one pace," said Xiao Qiucheng.

At each city at which he stops, Xiao Qiucheng writes a certificate letter, and asks the local government to put a stamp on it. He has now gathered more than 300 such letters.

His next stages will cover Macao and the southern island province of Hainan.

(CRI.cn April 24, 2007)

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