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A Timelapse Video About a Man, a Beard and a 4646km Walk through China

By Hanssie on December 5th 2013

On his 26th birthday, Christoph Rehage went out for a walk. 4646 miles later…


Throughout his yearlong journey from Beijing to Ürümqi, Rehage took a self portrait everyday and created a timelapse video documenting everything from the friends he made  to the cities and miles that passed each day and love he found along the way. Titled, “The Longest Way 1.0,” viewers are privy to the growth progress of Rehage’s hair and beard, which commenced almost one year later, when he finally shaved, got a haircut and flew back home.

[REWIND: Adventure is Calling: The Quit Your Job Timelapse]




Taking more than 30,000 shots on his Canon 5D, using a 16-35mm 2.8 lens a 70-200mm 2.8IS, Rehage’s walk took a year to plan  when he was inspired by an article that he read in a magazine about Roman Armies that walked everywhere with their supplies so that they wouldn’t have to rely on supply carriages. His original goal was to walk to Germany, but decided to stop for a bit. He picked up the journey a while later and continued another few hundred kilometers, documented in “The Longest Way 2.0.” He doesn’t have any new plans at the moment to walk more.

Throughout the trip, he documented the trip not only with his camera, but on a blog and when he returned, he published a book about his adventure. To read more about his long walk, check out Christoph’s website.


Christoph Rehage inspires me to figure out where my adventure is and go do it! My journey won’t be taking a year and walking 3,000 miles somewhere, but I am definitely motivated to figure out my crazy big dream and pursue it. What about you? What adventures are calling out to you?

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Gareth Roughley

    My last adventure was with my wife, we spent 17 months on the road from December 2010 to May 2012. Many of the landscapes and travel shots on our website are from this particular journey. Many of the images are still languishing unfinished on our computer. We covered the UK, Hong Kong, Tasmania, India and Istanbul.

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    • Hanssie

      That’s so awesome! Do you have any plans to travel again in the future?

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    • Gareth Roughley

      No Major travel plans for a while, maybe the odd month trough the winter. I love it and now we have a little man to take with us…

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  2. Anonymous

    I think the website link at the bottom is broken.

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  3. George Diamantis

    Fantastic video, thanks for posting.

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