Zay Harding travels through four
provinces of the southeast of China, one of the world's
ultimate traveling destinations and a place of fascination
in every way.
He starts in the country's fourth largest city Guanzhou,
capital of the province of Guangdong,
its gateway to the west where he visits a Buddhist temple,
learns about the Opium War won by the British Empire,
visits the Qingping Market full of
unusual fare and then dines out on it!
Flying to the province of Hunan, Zay
hikes through the Wulingyuan National Park
where he climbs to the top of the park's highlight,
one of its many stunning rock pinnacles. Moving on to
Shaoshan, Mao's birthplace, and then
to Nanchang, the historic revolutionary
city, Zay learns all about the infamous Chairman.
Then it's off to Ruijin, where the
communist army started the Long March where Zay meets
a surviving marcher who still wears his uniform. Near
Yongding in the Fujian
province, Zay visits the extraordinary houses of the
Hakka people which house up to 40 families and often
have 70 rooms! Moving onto Anxi, a
massive centre of tea export and home to the world's
biggest tea market, and Dehua, a major centre of ceramics,
Zay discovers the products that made Fujian province
so rich. In the ancient port of Quanzhou,
Zay sees the mixture of ancient and modern before taking
the boat over to the Mazu Festival
at the temple that's her spiritual home.
The last leg of Zay's trip takes him to the developing
Chinese tourist resort island of Hainan Dao.
It's also home to the minority group Li group who he
visits before hitting the stunning beaches - a much
needed rest after 2,000 miles of traveling!