Hi Chris, I am a beginner of fingerstyle guitar player. I suppose 1980s was the golden time of guitar in China since every college dorm was occupied by 6 students, normally plus 5 guitars. Nowadays, people rush to earn money and few people have the patience to sit there and practice. Also, guitars like Avalon are tooooooooooooo expensive for people. Chisese normally buy a guitar with 10 to 20 pounds. My teacher, who is regarded as the best fingerstyle guitarist in China questioned "can you see that as a piece of musical instrument?"
My teacher is actually one of the students of Leo Kottke. I am now learning <freight train> and <Last Steam Engine Train>, American Country Style. I am still waiting for my Avalon A32-CE-12 string guitar. It may be on the way to China, flying.