China Rises: A Documentary in Four Parts
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Experience one of the most fascinating phenomena of our times - the rapid evolution of the world's most populous nation from a secluded land of mystery to an economic powerhouse welcoming the modern world. In this compelling four-part series, China Rises takes you inside this dynamic country - from jeep joyriding in the Gobi Desert to a factory floor in Zhejiang Province, from walking the red carpet at the Shanghai Film Festival to staging a pop concert at the Great Wall, from police rescuing abducted women to experts training astronauts, from celebrating Chinese Central Television's new state-of-the-art headquarters to transforming controversial Tiananmen Square into an Olympic beach volleyball court. The seismic changes happening in China today reflect a potent mixture of dreams and despair, with consequences that will shape the future of the entire planet.
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The new wealth is juxtaposed with some severe and deeply unfair pollution incidents. China's industrial rise has not only cost a good number of American manufacturing jobs, it isn't easy on the average Chinese worker or farmer who is losing farmland, clean water, or healthy air. In this video you get a close-up look at the pro's and con's of industrialization. It's vivid, and good to see in the video. It leaves me with mixed feelings about trying to ever take a vacation in China, and more like the 19th century travel writer described by the author Alain de Botton as one who preferred reading travelogues to actually visiting the sites. Still, for adventurous and highly physically fit tourists China can be a great destination.
This modern classic gives a deep and informative graphic lesson on China's 'wonder of the world'. It is value for money for anyone who is a student of China, teacher of Chinese history and culture or anyone who wants to learn about China and its heritage.
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for a much more comprehensive look at the historical background that still shapes the ideology of the Chinese leaders today.Read more