China Cities – Urban Travel Documentary

China Cities – Urban Travel Documentary
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China is one of the world’s most fascinating and complicated countries,        and its cities seem to get bigger every year.        Considered a rural society just a few decades ago,        China today is home to the world’s largest urban population.        I traveled to China independently for more than a decade,    on several occasions.        And in this video I will show you some of the most striking    and interesting cities I came across.        From the ancient centers of Beijing and Xian,        to the modern megacities of Shenzhen and Guangzhou.        We visit the freezing Winter festivals of Harbin        and the popular Summer holiday beaches of coastal Qingdao.        From the streets of fusion cities like Hong Kong and Macau,    we travel to Tibetan Lhasa,        located on the ‘Rooftop of the World’.        We also take a look at the now historic alleys of Kashgar,    in the controversial Xinjiang province,        and the empty streets of Ordos, China’s best known ‘ghost town’.        And we explore the expanding urban centers along the Yangtze river,        all the way to the fast paced metropolis of Shanghai.        So join me on this journey through urban China.        We begin our travels in Shanghai, one of China’s most    unique and dynamic cities.   A good place to start exploring the city.

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Now, the people you see climbing the Wall here can actually not watch this video.        Their internet access is restricted by the Chinese government,        something that is often referred to as the ‘Great Firewall.      While China used to be a country of farmers, it is quickly    becoming a nation of city dwellers,        and in Chongqing you’ll stumble on a constrasting image     at almost every corner.         Old neighborhoods need to make way for shopping malls,    offices, and residential apartment towers,        destroying one way of life, trying to create another.        We continue our journey to Lhasa, the spiritual heartland of Tibet,    located on the ‘Rooftop of the World.    Visit one of the many temples, browse some of the markets,    sample local cuisine.       The pedestrian only Shamian island, for instance, is filled with    historic mansions and villas.        Also impressive in the Sacred Heart cathedral,        while the nearby riverside promenade is perfect for an evening stroll.        And in the suburbs, I found this traditional South Chinese garden, called Baomo,    filled with temples and classic bridges.        But in the evenings, when the neon lights go on, Guangzhou is    unmistakably a Chinese megacity again.        And that concludes my journey through urban China.        I realize I have only scratched the surface, and you could spend months,    if not years, exploring these places.        Yet I still hope this video gave you some travel ideas,        or at least provided a glimpse into these captivating but complicated cities.        Thanks for watching this video, and I hope to see you again next time  Travel safely.


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