A Chinese man named Liu Peiwan is currently in the process of walking 1,000 miles in order to reach his girlfriend and ask her to marry him. Liu embarked on his epic journey after his girlfriend, twenty-three-year-old Ling Hsueh, joked that she wouldn't tie the knot unless he took the lyrics of The Proclaimers' 1988 song "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)" literally.
You probably recall the tune (from Scottish twins Craig and Charlie Reid, featured in the movie Benny and Joon) whose catchy thump insinuated itself into brainpans and never left, with a chorus that stated: "I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more/ To be the man who walks 1,000 miles to fall down at your door." As it turns out, the distance between Liu's starting point in Anyang, Henan Province, and his destination in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province is 1,600 km, or exactly 1,000 miles. Destiny, you might say.
Ling said of her boyfriend and his economical, but tiring, feat, "He's such a fruitcake. I would have married him anyway and was only joking when I said he had to walk 1,000 miles." Liu was philosophical, saying "Life is short, and for love, there's no challenge too great."
So now Liu is braving the elements step-by-step with only a rucksack (hopefully containing an extra pair of shoes) and a red flag that reads "Valiantly, full of mettle, setting out to visit my wife's mother." (His wife's mother?) He expects the journey to take around six weeks to complete, and he can console himself along the way that his girlfriend wasn't a fan of the Rolling Stones' "2000 Light Years From Home."