Lee Yue Zhong

Lee Yue Zhong

He doesn’t maintain a blog (at least not as far as we know). He speaks little English. And, most amazingly of all, he rides a very simple bike with very little luggage. But none of this has stopped Lee, who we met in Turkmenistan in 2008, from cycling continually since 1997, through well over 100 countries. The last we heard, he’d been kicked out of Somalia for trying to bike that country without a visa. Where does he get the money? He told us that his finances for touring came from the proceeds of a Chinese restaurant he sold in Bulgaria before he left.

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  1. John Cunningham
    25th May 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Met Lee a couple of weeks ago near Gort, Co. Galway, Ireland. I was just two hours from home, heading towards France for a two week cycling trip. Told me Ireland was 130th country on his itinerary. He’d arrived on the ferry from Holyhead. Thought he might go back to China in 5 or six years – after he’s toured Australia. Said he’s not writing about his adventures

  2. friedel
    26th May 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    John, thanks so much for this update! It’s great to hear that Lee is still doing well and pedalling strong.

  3. Lyn
    26th May 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    What a great story.

    I wonder how he keeps in touch with family – old fashioned letters?

    Also as he is Chinese, visas must be a nightmare – he’d need them for just about everywhere, I’d think.

    • Chi
      12th November 2011 at 3:42 am #

      yes. Travel with a Chinese passport need a visa almost for every countries.
      So is difficult for a Chinese Citizen travelling,Even on a bike.

  4. Better By Bike
    20th June 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Lee was spotted in Bristol in June http://www.betterbybike.info/no-frills-lee

  5. Friedel
    21st June 2011 at 6:54 am #

    Wow! Thanks for sharing with us. That guy just keeps going and going…

  6. Thomas Isaiah
    13th July 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Dear friends,

    I met Lee in 2009 (around July or August, I don’t exactly recall when) in a central Kenyan town Nanyuki and had the rare privilege of hosting overnight him in my house. I don’t think I shall meet a more inspiring human.

    And he does keep a blog most of which is in Mandarin and contains many of the photos in his old photo album. Unfortunately, I lost the blog’s address with my previous phone. I only have his email address which I think would be inappropriate to give.

    -Thomas

    • Charles Pugh
      23rd August 2011 at 6:29 pm #

      Hello Thomas Isaiah —

      I have a Chinese friend who would be very interested in reading lee yue zhong’s blog. Do you have any idea how to find it?

      Although it would be inappropriate to post his email address publicly, would you consider sending it to me directly?

      Thanks very much, Charles Pugh

    • Darren
      7th September 2015 at 11:15 am #

      Hi just like you to know,lee is in Tannum Sand Queensland Australia 7.9.2015 fit and well.Beautiful man

      • Gaynor
        12th January 2016 at 1:56 am #

        Hi, I had the pleasure of meeting with Lee last Saturday 9.01.2016.
        He was travelling down from Launceston towards Hobart Tasmania. I was on my way up to Launceston and I saw him coming down. I felt for him as it was 34 degree heat that day and my friends son is over here also travelling around on his bike which made me even more aware of the cycling conditions. On the way back I bought a cool PowerAde drink and stopped a little way in front of him (not knowing who it was of course) and he was quite surprised. I gave him the drink and asked if he had come across my friends son, but he had not. He gave me a piece of paper saying that he has been travelling for 18 years now and has covered 147 countries 400,000km +. Pretty good effort I must say!
        He was very friendly and though his English language was limited, there was no doubt in our communication skills. He was grateful for the ‘cold’ drink and pulled off to the side of the road in the shade to drink it and I left knowing I had met a unique soul!

  7. josh
    4th October 2011 at 5:21 pm #

    His Blog…

    http://www.leeyuezhong.blog.sohu.com/

  8. Chi
    12th November 2011 at 3:48 am #

    I haven’t heard anyone else traveled on a bicycle more than this Chinese gentleman.
    Since 1997,over 130 countries.
    Still cycling in Cuba!
    He will be a legend.

  9. Darren
    24th March 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    http://www.china.org.cn/english/travel/216888.htm

    A more complete story of the man I found while browsing his life.

    I wish someone could translate his blog, I bet it’s a gem.

    • Darren
      7th September 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      Hi Darren lee is down under in Tannum sands Queensland Australia !
      What a lovely man an inspiration to all! We had coffee and cake and gave him some Australian souvenirs! He loves the Kangaroos and has great photos! I wish him all the best !

  10. [email protected]
    5th June 2012 at 12:02 am #

    la verdad es que este hombre parece fantastico y hoy lo vi en Yucumo – Bolivia, y poco se lo puede entender conversando

  11. N/A
    23rd August 2012 at 4:40 pm #

    Met him in August of 2012 in Brasilia – he’s doing well and heading up to the Guianas for the next chapter!

  12. ken & ebru
    15th December 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Had the honour of meeting this fine man yesterday at the Brazil/Venezuela border. Absolute inspiration! We were so sad we were heading in opposite directions when we parted. Apparently his destinations are in central America, who won’t let him in without a US visa (go figure that out) and the US embassy has been giving him lame excuses for about 3 months. Hopefully at his upcoming visit to Brazilia they’ll get their act together and give it to him! They’re just ridiculous…

    Ciao
    Ken & Ebru

    • friedel
      15th December 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      Thanks for the update! Nothing makes us smile more than hearing he’s still going :) Did you get a picture?

  13. Maksim Shved
    6th January 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    I met Lee in 2009 in Belarus. Here is some information about his staying in my country http://365dnej-w-godu.livejournal.com/109590.html

  14. CzasDrogi
    28th August 2014 at 10:49 am #

    I met Lee yesterday, he was on his way to Batumi and then to Turkey, to get his Iranian visa. We were travelling for one day together, then we split after Zarzma in Georgia ( I was slightly in hurry). He is still travelling and in great shape for so many years of cycling – I obviously got a photo with him;)

  15. morteza
    20th October 2014 at 6:01 pm #

    I meet lee today in tehran/Iran. He has been arrived from Armenia to Iran, 20 days before. His plan was going toward Isfahan, Shiraz and then UAE and Qatar. he was cooking his lunch when I saw him. He had unbelievable patience and concentration on cooking. we talked a little about his travelling as he showed me the pictures, taken from different visited places and peoples.

  16. Nilesh Rawal
    1st November 2014 at 10:30 am #

    I met Lee yesterday near Burj Khalifa (world’s tallest building) in Dubai. I saw him riding on service road and decided to meet him. I spent one hour talking to him and seeing his expressions while he was telling us his story. I help him to take some good snaps in front of Burj Khalifa. He is going to Abu Dhabi and from there to Qatar via passing through Saudi Arabia boarder.
    Wishing him all the best and safe journey. He is truly an inspiration for people in this world.

    • ken & ebru
      4th November 2014 at 11:37 pm #

      Wow, great to hear he is still going strong! Amazing guy!

  17. Kid Rosales
    5th November 2014 at 9:22 pm #

    Lee is here in Abu Dhabi, met him while riding home. what a great guy!
    he is still waiting for his visa to go to Qatar, his next destination.

  18. Jon
    5th November 2014 at 9:27 pm #

    We were cycling around the city when We met him nov. 5, 2014 (just tonight) here in abu dhabi, UAE. My friend saw him and his bicycle and was curious because he was crrying things in his bicycle. He said that UAE is his 141 country that he’s been. He told us that he came from tehran and took a boat to sharjah and went to dubai then here in abu dhabi he also showed us some of his pictures in dubai and also his old passports. We were so amazed by his achivement his next destination will be quatar. We wish him a safe journey.

  19. Thomas Isaiah
    6th November 2014 at 5:56 am #

    Fantastic news. It had been quite a while since we heard about him.

  20. John Cunningham
    22nd March 2015 at 8:14 pm #

    Last posted here four years ago. Just noticed this piece of film of Lee from Iraq a few months ago https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEI5xYa4ZoY

  21. Saifullah Shah
    28th March 2015 at 10:46 am #

    I met lee in Islamabad, Pakistan on 25th March 2015. He said I’ll go to India from there via Lahore which will take about 5 days or so. He said he has visited 145 countries and still wants to explore more. I was really impressed with his passion of doing something unique. He said he want to visit all the countries of the world through bike but there are few countries where he cant go through bike.

  22. Michael
    27th August 2015 at 5:45 am #

    Met Lee this morning at the Tewantin Information Hut Queensland, Australia, where I do volunteer work.
    He looked well and happily on his way to Noosa Heads.
    We didn’t realise that he was famous at the time we met and spoke.
    He left us his name and we Googled him after he had left us.
    Then we realised what a great trek he has forged for himself.

  23. Ellen
    28th August 2015 at 8:05 am #

    Just met Lee in Gympie on 28/07/2015.. look to be heading north on the Queensland Coast. He gave out a piece of paper saying 146 countries, 18 years .
    Amazed by his dedication and wish him the best in his final leg of the journey.

  24. Bob
    11th September 2015 at 12:03 am #

    A few days ago I hosted Nicola, an Italian touring cyclist, in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. He was telling me about this extraordinary 59 year old Chinese gentleman he had met in Rosedale, 70 kilometers north of Bundaberg. He has written about it on his blog.-
    http://aroundaustraliabybicycle.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/day-70-mlarcom-rosedale-156-km.html?m=1
    http://aroundaustraliabybicycle.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/day-71-rosedale-bundaberg-72-km.html?m=1
    and his Facebook page.-
    https://www.facebook.com/nicola.regina.3?fref=ts
    I would have loved to meet Lee. He is heading north up the Queensland coast.

  25. Mark Andrew
    27th September 2015 at 1:38 am #

    Had the pleasure of coming across Mr Lee in Centenary Park, Fortitude Valley Brisbane 25/09/15.He was sitting, stitching one of his bags. surrounded by all his gear (I don’t know how he fits it all on!) I was short on time, being the end of my lunch hour, but he told me that he’d ridden to Rockhampton and returned via an inland route. Within the next few days he will embarke to Sydney, fly to Perth, then return with a tail wind. We had a laugh about about the local magpies, and I directed him to a nearby department store to pick up a few things. I have his little piece of paper beside me as I write. Good luck Mr Lee, I think you are a truely courageous person.

  26. Ed
    9th October 2015 at 12:57 am #

    G’day mate’s!”
    I meet Lee outside Port Macquarie library the 08/10/2015 in Australia.
    What a amazing bloke and inspiration bloke.
    He teach us to be unstoppable, unbreakable and unbeatable in life.
    My mate all the best…

  27. Rebecca
    10th October 2015 at 1:35 pm #

    Met Lee in Taree, NSW, Australia on 10th October 2015. Sounds like he’s travelling along the coast of Australia. I also received the paper handout. My friend and I were able to bless him with a bag of goodies that we happened to have because our church was doing an outreach.

    So beautiful seeing a man live his life fully and enjoy himself.

  28. Chukchi
    18th October 2015 at 3:30 pm #

    lee does write blog, and very good one!

    Use translate.google.com to read

    Blog.sina.com.cn/liyuezhong

  29. Geoff
    10th November 2015 at 10:52 pm #

    I did not have the pleasure to meet Lee on his recent journey through Ballina. He was pictured on the back page of the Ballina Advocate 11/11/2015 enjoying a stop over on the river in Ballina CBD. He sounds like a very interesting and humble man who would have many tales to tell of his journey. Inspiring realy…

  30. Drew
    11th November 2015 at 8:15 am #

    He was in ballina nsw recently .

  31. Brendan
    30th November 2015 at 4:17 am #

    Met Lee at Picton New Zealand yesterday. He is up to 147 countries over 18 years and 400,000 kms with to maybe finish next year. Going to Australian next then north through Aisa. Quite a character.

  32. Adam
    1st January 2016 at 7:18 am #

    I met Lee today and i was amazed by how long he has been riding for. It is very hot here today in Berwick, Melbourne so i bought him an iced coffee and he was then on his way. Such an inspiring person

  33. James Spencer
    11th January 2016 at 9:04 am #

    Just met him in Hobart, Tasmania and took his picture, fascinating stuff and fair play to him.

  34. Melanie Grinter
    24th January 2016 at 2:14 am #

    Lee passed through Frankston, Victoria today. What a guy with many tales to tell!

  35. Maria Brambilla
    24th January 2016 at 5:04 am #

    Hi everyone
    Mt husband just had the pleasure of meeting such a beautiful human being in Frankston (Australia).
    He was just enjoying lunch at the beach.
    What an inspiring person. I did not had the pleasure to meeting him. However I feel deeply touched by my partner’s account of his meeting with this gentleman.

    We wish him all the very best always

  36. Karli
    8th February 2016 at 8:20 am #

    Today my brother and I met lee in Warrnambool Victoria Australia.
    He said he was originally a chef from China and has since been travelling for 19 years, touring over 147 different countries and travelling 400,000km.

  37. Adrian Hamley
    9th February 2016 at 6:20 am #

    9th February 2016
    Met Lee Yue Zhong at Port Fairy Victoria today, still going well. From here to Adelaide, Perth then flying to Malaysia. Next is Thailand then home to China. So far he has been to 147 countries & covered 400,000 kms. Truely an inspiration.

  38. Millicent Public Library
    12th February 2016 at 7:49 am #

    Lee just passed through Millicent South Australia calling into our library to use our free wifi. He is an amazing character telling us that he had been on his cycling tour for 19 years!

  39. Bevan
    21st February 2016 at 7:18 am #

    Met Lee yesterday in Victoria Square, Adelaide. Had him over for dinner. Lovely man and very humble about his very remarkable journey. Tomorrow sets off for Perth, then a flight to Malaysia and travel back to China, by bike of course.

  40. Maria
    29th February 2016 at 1:41 am #

    We met Lee yesterday in Port Augusta/SA, he was cooking his breakfast on the grill and did some washing at the beach We had a very interesting chat, and w’re amazed of his bicycle-tour. He wants to see the Salt-Lakes up north and after that heading west to the Nullarbor. From Perth he w’ll fly to Malaysia and cycling back to China. What a admirable lifestyle!
    Joe and Maria

  41. Denise
    3rd March 2016 at 3:36 am #

    Hi just met lee while having lunch in a park at Kimba South Australia on the Eyre Highway
    He gave me piece of paper which says he has been travelling for 19 years, 147 countries, 400,000 what an adventure. He is on his way to Perth

  42. Anna
    11th March 2016 at 2:08 am #

    I met Lee in Adelaide on North Terrace in February 2016. Lee said he’s heading across to Perth and had cycled down from Queensland. when he said he had been cycling for 19 years I was amazed. It’s summer time in Australia and I can’t imagine the effort and discipline to cycle across the Nullabor plain an almost treeless plain of 1,000 kms to Perth. I look forward to an update to hear how he’ going.

  43. Murray Pitsikas
    12th March 2016 at 4:46 am #

    I met Lee this morning whilst having a bbq breakfast at the John Oldham bbq area near the swan river in Perth Australia.
    He is a fascinating character and we had a l o n g chat!! So many countries!!! and he tells terrific stories of his travels with vigour.
    I naturally offered him a cup of coffee…before realising that he was on a world tour.
    He told me he loved Australia with the stainless steel bbq’s everywhere….free and that he had not found them in any other country…except perhaps in small country town villages.
    I shall regularly check out his travels now that i have met Lee.
    I asked him where he has slept for the night and he quickly showed me his tent and the green patch of lawn where he had pitched his “HOME” for the night.
    We had a fair bit in common i realised as we sat and chatted. My travels to 65 countries was nothing compared to his 147 countries!!!…and his 400,000km trip so far…PHEW!!!
    He took a picture of me cooking my bbq breakfast…..and silently i was pleased that my shirt had been ironed and hair combed!!!] nothing compared to his 147!!!!!…
    He told me that he had travelled through Papua New Guinea…[Irian jaya}…and told me of the dangers there and of the 5 people who had been recently slaughtered.!!!
    After we said good bye and he paddled towards the Perth Library to check his E-mails…i was left wondering how he could travel so long…renew his Chinese passport and apply for so many visas???Well done Lee. if it was possible i wold nominate you for the next Order of the Australian knighthood when Queen Elizabeth hands out the next lot!!!

    HAPPY TRAVELS
    Murray Pitsikas

  44. Aidan
    14th April 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    Crossed paths on a hilltop in Laos about two weeks ago. His front pannier rack was half sticks and twine, and he told me stories about Mao’s China, how people lived on $10/month, and walking a few thousand kilometres from his hometown because there was no other way to travel. By his estimate, it’s 147 countries and 400,000+ km on his bike now. I asked him why; “Because I want to see the world I live in.” He told me he planned to head east into Viet Nam and then home to north-east China and finish his trip later this summer, nineteen years after he began. Extraordinary man.

  45. Luiz Felipe Caetano
    21st April 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    Simply amazing… I met him once in a tribal community called Iauaretê at São Gabriel da Cachoeira city, Amazonas State, Here in Brasil, coming from Colômbia! Great person! Simple man!

    • Luiz Felipe Caetano
      21st April 2016 at 3:49 pm #

      It was in 2012…

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