For a full year, starting on his 26th birthday in 2007, Christoph Rehage walked across China. He ultimately fell short of his goal, which was to stroll all the way home to Germany, but in that time he traversed 4,500 kilometers, from Beijing through the Gobi desert, all the way to Ürümqi, China, taking pictures of himself and his growing beard along the way.

As Rehage notes, certain clips in the video above show him traveling using other methods of transportation. But he says that these shots come from necessary breaks in his grand walking excursion to deal with visa logistics and personal issues. The entirety of his 4,500-kilometer journey was indeed completed on foot.

Get a more complete picture of what his journey was like by perusing the blog he kept during his year-long adventure.

[h/t Design Taxi]