People and Culture

Walking The Yangtze with Ash Dykes


In this travel-adventure show we journey with British explorer Ash Dykes on a world first.

After 4,000 kilometers of treacherous terrain, hundreds of encounters with local people, wildlife and the river itself, Ash enters into the Guinness Book of Records: The first person ever to walk the entire length of the Yangtze River. Join Ash as he plans meticulously and trains at the Great Wall. We travel to the hard-working town of Colwyn Bay in North Wales to learn more about his background and motivations from his family and friends and then journey to tropical south-west China to see him grapple with the Chinese language, grueling training regimen and the permits required to get to the source.

Professional Mandarin Film crew join Ash at critical moments, and for the times the crew aren’t with him Ash is skilled at self-shooting with drone and handheld cams, often roping in locals to help. China’s traditions rub along with new-youth culture to give us a unique window into the exotic mix that makes up modern-China.

Ash Dykes was able to break the world record by being the first person who walked 6,437km from Southern Qinghai to Shanghai (The Yangtze River), as recognized by the Guinness World Records!



Programme Details

2 x 60' / 1 x 90'
National Geographic Asia