In 2008, Christoph Rehage‘s initial plan was to walk from Beijing to Germany. The Longest Way is a fascinating timelapse of his 4500KM adventure on foot that features his love, friends, the people he met and China’s landscapes. It also documents the growth of his beard.
This visual presentation also says one thing: You’re never the same person you were at the beginning of any journey.
The Longest Way by Christoph Rehage
- I never finished my original goal of walking to Germany. Instead, I walked for a year and roughly 4500km, passed the Gobi desert, and then decided to stop walking for now.
- All of the distance from Beijing to Ürümqi was completed solely on foot, straight good old walking. There are instances where you can see me in the video sitting on a plane or riding a boat, but those are during breaks I had to take from walking, either to sort out bureaucracy issues or to take care of some personal things.
- I had been planning this trip for over a year before I even started, and getting as far as I got was an experience for which I am very grateful.
- Obtaining the necessary visa for a trip like this was not very easy, hence I had to go back to Beijing a few times to resolve some issues.
- This is not a strict “1 pic a day” video, because I wanted to make it a bit more alive by adding some additional movement. Sometimes during the film you would follow me turn around, or something would happen in the background. I tried to capture these moments to make the video more interesting.