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Journey to the mystical, mysterious land of splendor and romance! This landmark series provides unprecedented access to a land of astonishing natural complexity, breathtaking landscapes, rare and surprising wildlife and colorful people..
China geographically and biologically one of the richest places on Earth. Combining the majesty of Wild Australasia with the romance of Congo, Wild China lifts the century-old veil on the worlds most mysterious and magnificent country
For the first time in a century, China is opening up to the world. This landmark series gains unprecedented access into this most enigmatic of countries, to reveal a land of astonishing complexity. High definition cameras capture unique images of the mysterious creatures and diverse human communities that live in Chinas varied landscapes. The glittering peaks of the Himalayas, the worlds highest mountain range, tower over the desolate Tibetan plateau. Deserts range from searingly hot to mind-numbingly cold. Rivers roar through steep-sided gorges and cascade down forested waterfalls. Emerald rice paddies form a glistening patchwork between clusters of egg-box hills. Flocks of cranes migrate along a coastline studded with bustling hightech cities. Steaming jungles harbour wild elephants, colourful birds and strange tropical flowers. Journey through this breathtaking place, from the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-arctic to the tropical islands, and discover the cultural diversity of China and the mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures which live here..
1. Heart of the Dragon
The improbable egg-carton hills of Southern China seem to float in a sea of glistening rice paddies. This is a landscape full of surprises - next to peasants ploughing with buffaloes are rivers concealing dwarf alligators and giant salamanders, trained cormorants that catch fish for their masters, bats with unusual tastes, and monkeys that hide in caves. But this isnt a nature park - almost 300 million people live here, with a tradition of eating wildlife. So what forces have shaped this remarkable landscape and how do farmers and wild creatures manage to coexist among the rocks and the rice fields?
2. Shangri La
Beneath billowing clouds, in Chinas far South West, rich jungles nestle below towering peaks. Jewel- coloured birds and ancient tribes share forested valleys where wild elephants still roam. These remote forests stretch into northern territories where normally deserts would be found. How do these forests exist? Perhaps the rugged landscape holds the key.
The size of Western Europe, the Tibetan plateau covers a quarter of China. This vast windswept wilderness is one of the worlds most remote places, defined by the glacier-strewn Himalayas. But this brutal region is home to incredible wildlife such as rare chiru, brown bear, wild yak, and even the highest predators on earth. There are more large creatures here than anywhere else in China. Tibet has a unique culture, defined by over one thousand years of Buddhism. This strange looking culture has nurtured remarkable beliefs. We will understand why this landscape and ancient culture is the life support system for much of the planet.
4. Land Of The Panda
Chinas heartland with its Han people is the centre of a 5,000-year-old civilization. This land contains the Great Wall, the Temple of Heaven, and Beijings Olympic Stadium, and its home to some of Chinas most charismatic creatures such as the giant panda, golden snub-nosed monkey, and golden takin. China has undergone significant development in the past 50 years, bringing many environmental problems. But the relationship of the Chinese to their environment and its creatures is in fact deep, complex, and extraordinary. We will explore this ancient relationship and understand what it means for the future of China.
5. Beyond the Great Wall
Chinas emperors built the Great Wall to keep their kingdom safe from the hostile lands to the North. Warrior nomads, bizarre wildlife and extreme weather conditions are found beyond the Wall. How does life survive the harsh deserts and frozen wastes? But northern China is also a place of great beauty, rich with history. The legendary Silk Road drew traders across the deserts in search of fabulous wealth. Nomadic tribes hunt with golden eagles and race horses. Adapt or die is the way to survive these extreme lands, which have shaped some of Chinas most colourful people and wildlife.
6. Tides of Change
From the eastern end of the Great Wall, Chinas coast spans 14,000 kilometres and more than 7,000 years of history. This is a place of huge contrasts: futuristic modern cities jostling traditional seaweed-thatched villages, ancient tea terraces and wild wetlands where rare animals stil survive. Here white dolphins, red-crowned cranes, deadly vipers, giant sturgeon and sabre-wielding monkeys struggle to eke out a living faced by competition from 700 million people; widespread pollution and over-fishing. How China is managing such conflicting pressures has lessons for us all.
|Run Time:||About 5 Hours|
|Special Features:||BBC Earth|
|Editorial Reviews:||<p>Sumptuously beautiful jaw-dropping footage of rare creatures in never-beforeseen action - Daily Telegraph <br />Very, very good its conjured with all the care and devotion and easily accessible intelligence, the experience and excitement that makes your TV a treasure - Sunday Times <br />Beautifully photographed Quite spectacular. A mustsee - Observer</p>|