9-yr-old Vietnamese to become youngest Asian to reach South Pole

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A nine-year-old Vietnamese boy will become the youngest Asian person to reach the South Pole when he arrives in the area on February 3 together with his father, VnExpress reported Friday.

The expedition of Pham Vu Thieu Quang, a fourth grader in Hanoi, will last two weeks, it said, adding that it was funded by the family.

On Thursday (January 27) Quang left Vietnam with his father for Buenos Aires (Argentina), where he would transfer to Ushuia the world's southernmost city, and then get on the Hurtigruten for the final leg of the journey.

In an interview with VnExpress before the trip, Quang said that he planned to hold a display of his photographs of the region at his school to draw people's attention to climate change and the need to protect the environment.

He said in preparation for the trip, he had exercised to become fit, studied photography as well as about the world's southernmost region.

In 1997, Hoang Thi Minh Hong became the first Vietnamese person to reach the South Pole when she joined another 34 international young people on an expedition held by Robert Swans,VnExpress said.

Swans is the world's first-ever person to walk to both Poles unassisted.

Last January Katie Walter, a 17-year-old British girl, became the youngest person to reach the South Pole.

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