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Chinese skipper Guo Chuan sails back to Qingdao

October 20 , 2015 -- Updated 7:10 GMT

 Guo Chuan speaks at a welcoming ceremony after completing a non-stop 24-day trip on the sea, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 27, 2015.

Guo Chuan speaks at a welcoming ceremony after completing a non-stop 24-day trip on the sea, in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Sept. 27, 2015. Guo and his crew including two Frenchmen, a German and a Russian set off on September 3 in the Russian city of Murmansk, and completed the North-East passage in the Arctic Ocean 12 days later. They then used another 12 days to reach Qingdao, where they were given a hero welcome. (Xinhua/Meng Jing)