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It is hard after so many years of red dictatorship not to think of China in cliches: Maoist songs, neck tight uniform, blue communist caps and throngs of bicycles all in the land of "the happy proletariat". Well, what you encounter there, at least at first sight is radically opposed: new hip-hop music from Taiwan, blue jeans Gucci and Calvin Klein, BMWs and Toyotas, email and Internet all over and a cut-throat capitalism which comes totally at odds with the Beijing autocracy. The Communist Party is still in power, constantly altering cosmetically its image and the constitution in order to move the country ahead towards capitalism, this time, a guarantee of stability and perpetuity of the Beijing elite.

But besides politics, when you move away from the large cities, China entices you with the unknown. A land so vast and far away had put to test the imagination of many in the past and you cannot stop of pinching yourself being so far away of the Western World in a time and space where all your western values are not anymore universal. China is very diverse country and in order to be able to cover a lot of territory we had to constantly fly, a feat not anymore so dangerous as in the past, caused by the new fleet of Boeing and Airbuses which are flying the Chinese sky.

From the cosmopolitan city of Guangzhou, the old Canton of the colonial time, to the misty peaks of Li River in Yangshuo, to the eclectic collection of minorities of Yunnan, one of the most interesting provinces of China, and the closest to Southeast Asia , what fascinates you the most is the diversity when you move from South to the North. From the ethnic Southern provinces, where Dali and Lijinag are really jewels for encountering ethnic tribes and old traditions kept intact, you move to the Buddhist central part of the country where the greatest Buddha of the world is waiting for you in Leshan. Not far away is Emeishan, the holy mountain of the Buddhist monasteries nearby to Chengdu, the gate to Tibet. From there we moved North to the imperial China, to the old capital of Xian the place of the terracotta warriors, the Buddhist caves at Luoayang and the lair of the Shaolin monks in the monastery with the same name. Finally we reached Beijing, the imperial city, with its magnificent palaces and gardens, with its mix of old empire and new communist legacy, with its winding "hutong" and the tranquil temples and with the mind boggling Great Wall.

Come with us and enjoy all this and many others in a fascinating travel video about this place!

 

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Apr 22: Just returned from three weeks shoot in Australia. We shot in the outback, around Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Forest, in Melbourne and the impressive Great Ocean Road and Sydney.

Feb 21: Back from the India shoot: Mumbai, Nasik, Shirdi, the Ellora and Ajanta caves, Aurangabad and Pune. We continued to Hampi, ending in the old Portuguese colony Goa.

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China Stock

6.5 hours of SD footage from these locations:

Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hanzhou, Guanzhou, Yangshuo, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu, Emeishan, Leshan, Xian, Luoyang, Shaolin, Zhengzhou, Beijing, Great Wall

China DVDs