A train goes through a forest on Ali Mountain in Taiwan in Sept 2015. [Photo by Wang Tiancheng/ for chinadaily.com.cn]
With a small digital camera, the then-junior school student took advantage of his vacations and traveled around the country with these friends.
As his outstanding academic performance exempted him from the national college entrance exam and got him admitted directly into university, he got more time to travel to countries like India, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand.
“I feel so lucky that my parents trusted me and gave me freedom since my childhood,” he said. “They also supported me to make all kinds of bold attempts.”
Over the years, he has embraced such challenges as threats from animals in the wild, poor weather and traffic conditions.
An international train of Beijing-Moscow rail line runs in Ulan Bator in Sept 2016. [Photo by Wang Tiancheng/ for chinadaily.com.cn]
His experience has also improved his photography style.
“At first, it was all about taking a good-looking picture. But later, I became more obsessed with what’s behind the railway, and explore the relationship between the train, times and people.”
Busy preparing for his overseas study, Wang said his passion for trains would always remain an essential part of his life.
“Train is the epitome of history,” he said. “I will never stop my study of railway culture and I hope to develop more detailed topics in the future.”