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Belfast author Peter Emerson saw China's coronavirus crisis at first hand

Globetrotting cyclist was in country when virus started

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Peter Emerson chats to some of the locals he met on his travels

Peter Emerson chats to some of the locals he met on his travels

Peter Emerson chats to some of the locals he met on his travels

Belfast to Beijing is a long enough journey by air - but Peter Emerson has done most of it on a bicycle.

And the north Belfast author's epic story contained an unexpected extra chapter in the form of coronavirus, which saw him fleeing China after the outbreak began. The 77-year-old former community worker hopes to be back in Belfast later this month, laden with all the information he needs for his latest book.

Peter wasn't short of company as he traversed the eastern hemisphere on his trusty foldaway Brompton; fluent in Russian and more than passable in Mandarin, he gave lectures in democracy in universities and other seats of learning along the way.