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Adventurer finishes 4,000-mile river Yangtze trek in a year

Published: August 12, 2019 20:41:17 | Updated: August 17, 2019 12:07:15


A Welsh adventurer has become the first person to walk the length of the river Yangtze solo after a year of trekking through China.

Ash Dykes, from Old Colwyn, Conwy, began his journey at the source of the river on the Tibetan plateau and finished near Shanghai on Monday, reports BBC.

Mr Dykes said his river walk would "go down in the history books".

He was greeted by well wishers and media outlets as he finished his trek.

The river Yangtze, at 3,900 miles (6,300km), is the third longest in the world, behind the Nile and the Amazon, and the longest to flow through a single country.

Mr Dykes said being the first to walk the entire length of the river has attracted a lot of attention in China, and has involved photo shoots with Adidas, GQ magazine and martial arts actor Jet Li.

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