Man’s Long Walk Not Just for Exercise

Curious about the human condition in other countries of the world, Li En, a Chinese national, has decided to find out how people and society operate simply by walking—a really long way. 
The 56-year-old arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, having completed the first leg of a walk that began in his home province, Hunan, Li said through an interpreter.
“I want to see with my eyes what is the problem that people are facing when they are living in a country that has too many people,” Li said, adding that he wanted to see firsthand the effects of population growth, and wanted to raise awareness by walking.
“Population [growth] is also a major problem of natural environment pollution,” he said. Li has so far walked through southern China and Vietnam, but will take a plane from here to Bangkok, he said.
He walked most of Thailand a year ago, so he will have to take up the trek in Mal­aysia, walking to Singapore and through parts of Indonesia, Li said.
“I read a book when I was 15 years old that was written about the development of people in the world,” Li said. “I want to travel to all the countries of the world to study and observe the real situation of the human environment when the population in the world is rapidly growing.”

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