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China on Four Wheels, Non-fiction TV, 2012

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2012-09-30 09:51


China on Four Wheels

Anita Rani and Justin Rowlatt's epic road trips explore how cars are transforming China.

Part 1

In the first programme, Anita takes the high road through the rich, industrialised cities of the east, driving a Great Wall Haval, the best-selling 4X4 in China. Meanwhile Justin drives a 'bread van', the loaf-shaped workhorse of the countryside, through China's poor rural hinterland, and discovers that here donkeys are often more common than cars. He visits the 'ghost city' of Ordos and puts his bread van through its paces on China's second-biggest racing track. On the first leg of their journey, Anita and Justin discover a country that has developed rapidly, raising millions out of poverty. But it faces important challenges that may affect us all: a potential property bubble, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and growing inequality.

Part 2

Anita and Justin continue their epic car journeys across China, heading for their final destination, the financial mega-city of Shanghai. On her route through the industrialised east, Anita visits some of the country's most sophisticated and luxurious cities. In Qingdao she discovers a little piece of the Loire valley: a Chinese wine chateau with an accompanying vineyard. In Hangzhou she joins a couple on their wedding day, complete with a luxury car fleet. Meanwhile Justin continues his epic journey through the poor, remote Chinese countryside in his loaf-shaped bread van. He bumps rather precariously up the potholed Aizhai Highway, one of China's most dangerous roads, and visits the brand new engineering marvel of the Aizhai Bridge. He explores the life of farmers from the Miao ethnic minority deep in the Hunan countryside, and tries to get to the bottom of Mao Zedong's legacy in contemporary China.

First Aired: September 9, 2012
Air Day: Sunday
Air Time:
Runtime: 1 minutes
Network: BBC Two
Genre: Documentary

-- Last edit: 2012-09-30 13:21:41

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