China might not be on the top of your list of overseas walking destinations but Dave from Chinz Tours reckons it should be. And he's the expert. Dave has been taking people to explore China by foot for sometime.
“In the last 20 years, largely through my work involving the NZ China Friendship Society, I have enjoyed spending up to five months per year in China, and have now designed and led at least one tour to China every year since 2008,” Dave told Great Walks.
“In my spare time I began exploring China's vast wilderness areas. It was my love for these natural scenic wonders that led me to take a ‘Walking and Culture” tour to some of the best of these sites.
"My tours are designed to have easy connections from region to region on bullet trains, and access to the mountains by coach.”
Dave describes last year's tour where he took a group of kiwi bushwalkers.
“The three main mountains we explored were Wuyi Shan (Shan is mountain in Chinese) in Fujian Province in the southeast where we started the tour, Huang Shan in Anhui Province, through to Hua Shan in Shaanxi Province in the central north.
"The beauty of these mountains has been captured for centuries in traditional landscape paintings, and revered by Buddhists with temples built on impossible outcrops.
Then there was Red Rock Gorge at Yuntai Shan, Henan Province, with the small river having eroded deep into the 1.4 billion year old rock. A magical walk between sheer walls, with waterfalls tumbling down the hewn out rock around every bend.”