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An Exploratory Trip To Explore The Xuefeng Mountains of Hunan, China

In November 2020, we set off for western Hunan province to explore the local Huayao culture, and recce a new 7 day hiking trail through the smoky (at least at this time of year) Xuefeng Mountains. We found a beautiful region of ancient rice terraces (clasically green and lush in summer), warm-hearted people, and rolling peaks covered in pine and bamboo forest. While perhaps not best suited to our typical expeditionary-style treks, the region does have potential, particularly for more adventurous families, who are looking for a glimpse into the 'real' China. Best of all, it is only four hours away from Hong Kong by high speed train.